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A clinical trial specifically refers to studies in humans. The MRC
CTU is not involved with any research on animals. If you would like
to know about animal testing, please visit the
AboutAnimalTesting website which offers information on animal
welfare in animal testing.
Centre for Health Economics, The
University of York
The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) is a research unit of the
University of York. The Centre's aim is to undertake high
quality research that is capable of influencing health policy
decisions. The Centre is one of the largest health economics
research units in the world.
Centre of the
This website has useful information for people who want to learn
more about clinical research. It has sections for teachers,
students and 'all'.
This site gives general information about clinical trials. It
is run by the National Institutes of Health in the USA
(similar to the Medical Research Council in the UK). The
information is for people in the USA, but some of it is useful for
people in the UK too.
This site is aimed at trials managers and other people working on
clinical trials. Here, you’ll find practical help to meet the
requirements of the UK Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials)
Regulations 2004. These regulations implement the EU Clinical
Trials Directive in the UK.
The Cochrane Library contains high quality, reliable evidence from
systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane
systematic reviews bring you the combined results of the world’s
best medical research studies, and are recognised as the gold
standard in evidence-based health care.
This site contains a database of ongoing trials in
all areas of health care. About 15,000 trials are listed,
which are taking place around the world. This database is
aimed at researchers, but is freely accessible. The site also
has a ‘UK Clinical Trials Gateway’, which lists a lot of trials
that are taking place in the UK.
European Medicines Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) is part of the European Union
government. Its main responsibility is the protection and
promotion of public and animal health. It is responsible for
testing and supervising medicines for human and veterinary use
across the European Union.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA’s role is to ensure that drugs used in the USA are safe and
Health Information Resources (formerly National
Library for Health) is part of the NHS. It aims to be the
best health library and information service in the world. It
has a wealth of information, much of which is freely
HealthTalkOnline, an award-winning charity website based on
University of Oxford research, lets you share in other peoples'
experiences of health and illness. Our section on Experiences of
Clinical Trials features interviews with 42 people from a wide
range of backgrounds talking about why they took part in a trial,
what information they needed and what it was like for them. It also
includes accounts from patients who decided not to take part, and
those who withdrew from a trial.
James Lind Library
The James Lind Library has been created to help people understand
fair tests of treatments in health care by illustrating how fair
tests have developed over the centuries.
This US publication has a comprehensive list
of medical abbreviations and what they stand for.
Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is
the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that
medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.
Medical Research Council (MRC)
This site gives you information about the Medical Research Council,
and enables you to link to other MRC research units.
MRC Network of Hubs for
Trials Methodology Research
The MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR)
has been established to support the development of novel
methodologies to improve the design, conduct, and analysis of
National Research Ethics
The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) is part of the
NHS. Its job is to provide help and leadership for NHS
research ethics committees across England. Research ethics
committees protect the rights, safety, dignity and well being of
people who take part in research within the NHS.
Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)
The National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network
(NIHR CRN) was established to support clinical research and to
facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies
across England. The NIHR CRN in England is one of the four
networks that comprise the UK Clinical Research Network
(UKCRN). As part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration,
it works towards the development of a world class infrastructure to
support clinical research in the UK.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
This is the biggest e-library of healthcare publications in the
world. It is run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in
the USA. You can search for articles by subject, title or
author, and link to a summary of an article, or the whole
article. It’s free to use, but you may have to pay for an
you’re at school, or working with young people. Includes some
exercises and lots of information about trials.
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The Arthritis Research UK is the only UK charity wholly
dedicated to research into treatment and cures for arthritis. This
site is for anyone who wishes to know more about arthritis and how
to help find the cure.
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Organisations that provide information about cancer
Cancerhelp.org.uk is run by Cancer Research UK, the UK's largest
cancer research charity. It gives user friendly advice about
clinical trials and lists all the trials currently recruiting
people affected by cancer in the UK. If you are interested in
taking part in a cancer trial, we recommend you look at this
Union Against Cancer (UICC)
The UICC is the world's largest independent, non-profit,
non-governmental association of cancer-fighting organisations. UICC
brings together a wide range of organisations, including voluntary
cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health
authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups.
UICC has over 270 member organisations in more than 80
With more than
2,000 pages of content, the site features information on
asbestos, mesothelioma, and other cancers that are caused by
asbestos exposure (lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer,
etc.). Unlike other sites, Asbestos.com has achieved HON code
approval (Health On the Net (HON) Foundation is a not-for-profit
foundation that works to preserve the accuracy and trustworthiness
of Web-based medical information).
National Cancer Institute Cancer Library
This site from the USA government contains a wealth of information
Organisations that run or coordinate cancer
The Institute for Cancer Research
The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world's leading
cancer research organisations and is internationally renowned for
the quality of its science. The Institute is a college of the
University of London and works in partnership with The Royal
Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
National Cancer Research Institute
The NCRI is a partnership between the government, charity and
industry which promotes co-operation in cancer research among the
20 member organisations for the benefit of patients, the public and
the scientific community.
The National Cancer Research Network
The NCRN provides the NHS with the infrastructure to support cancer
clinical trials in England. It aims to improve the speed,
quality and integration of research. Since 2001 it has
doubled the number of people taking part in cancer
European Organisation for Research and
Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
(EORTC) aims to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate
laboratory and clinical research in Europe to improve the
management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival
but also patients’ quality of life.
Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
Southwest Oncology Group is one of the largest cancer clinical
trials cooperative groups in the United States. Funded by
research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the
Group conducts clinical trials to prevent and treat cancer in
adults, and to improve the quality of life for cancer
The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
RTOG is a cancer trials cooperative group in the USA, funded by the
National Cancer Institute.
Eastern Cooperative Oncology
ECOG is one of the largest clinical cancer research organisations
in the United States, and conducts clinical trials in all types of
The Cancer and Leukemia Group B
CALGB is a national clinical research group sponsored by the
National Cancer Institute, with its
Office headquartered at the University of Chicago and its
Center located at Duke University. Since 1956, CALGB
has grown into a national network of 29 university medical centres,
over 225 community hospitals and more than 3000 cancer
The Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of
Canada (NCIC CTG)
The NCIC CTG is a highly respected research group which develops,
conducts and analyzes national and international multicentre trials
of cancer therapy and supportive care.
The National Federation of French Cancer
Centres (FNC LCC)
This collaboration of cancer centres in France aims to coordinate
cancer research across the country.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
The Netherlands Cancer Institute has an important role as a
national and international center of scientific and clinical
expertise, development and training. It coordinates and
participates in many clinical trials across the Netherlands.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology
ASCO is the professional organisation representing doctors who
treat people with cancer in the USA. It aims to improve
cancer care and prevention and ensure that all patients with cancer
receive care of the highest quality. Nearly 25,000 oncology
practitioners belong to ASCO.
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UK Dermatology Clinical Trials
The aim of the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UK DCTN) is
to conduct high-quality, multicentre, randomised controlled trials
that answer questions of importance to clinicians and
patients. It is a collaborative network of dermatologists,
dermatology nurses, health services researchers and patients
throughout the UK and Southern Ireland.
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As well as providing advice, information and support for people
affected by diabetes, this UK charity funds research in three key
areas. These are Care and Treatment, Cause and Prevention,
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AIDSLEX is a tool for activists, community organisations,
researchers, policy-makers, journalists, health workers and anyone
who seeks quick and easy access to a wide range of resources about
HIV, human rights and the law.
AIDSmeds.com is dedicated to providing people living with HIV the
necessary information they need to make empowered treatment
decisions. The founder and some of the writers of this site are
living with HIV.
The British HIV Association (BHIVA) is the leading UK professional
association representing professionals in HIV care.
This site aims to use the web to lower barriers between patients
and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve
patients' quality of life, and foster community through human
The mission of the Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
(DAIDS) is to help ensure an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by
increasing basic knowledge of the pathogenesis and transmission of
the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), supporting the development
of therapies for HIV infection and its complications and
co-infections, and supporting the development of vaccines and other
The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) is a not-for-profit group
of European physicians, clinicians and researchers in the field of
This site contains up-to-date HIV/AIDS and hepatitis treatment and
This is a forum that is free for all HIV positive people and their
friends and families.
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading
independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals.
HIV i-Base is a treatment activist group, HIV-positive led and
committed to providing timely HIV treatment information both to
positive people and to health care professionals.
Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other
health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical
information and educational tools.
NAM is a UK registered charity which gives reliable and accurate
HIV information across the world to HIV-positive people and to the
professionals who treat, support and care for
Stanford HIV Drug Resistance
This is a public database designed to represent, store, and analyse
the divergent forms of data underlying HIV resistance.
This site, produced by an international charity called Avert, has a
useful summary of statistics about HIV/AIDS.
Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust is the leading and largest
HIV and sexual health charity in the UK.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS is an innovative
joint venture of the United Nations family, bringing together the
efforts and resources of ten UN system organisations in the AIDS
response to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for
people living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the
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The British Thoracic
One of the aims of the British Thoracic Society is to promote
research into the causes, prevention and treatment of respiratory
and associated disorders.
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Global Alliance for TB Drug
The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development is
a not-for-profit venture that aims to accelerate the discovery and
development of new drugs to fight tuberculosis. Inaugurated
in October 2000, the Alliance is committed to developing anti-TB
drugs that are accessible and affordable by those countries worst
affected by the disease.
The Global Plan to Stop TB
Global Plan to Stop TB 2006 - 2015 is a comprehensive assessment of
the action and resources needed to implement the Stop TB strategy
and make an impact on the global TB burden.
This website provides links to descriptions of activities, reports,
news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in
the various WHO programmes and offices working on TB.
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Last Update Date : 4/20/2012