Smarter Studies

Global Impact

Better Health


We are at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions.

The Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL is at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions in infectious diseases and cancer, and delivering swifter and more effective translation of scientific research into patient benefits. It does this by carrying out challenging and innovative studies, and developing and implementing methodological advances in study design, conduct and analysis.


We design and conduct clinical trials.

We design and conduct innovative and challenging clinical trials. We bring together the results of a number of trials which look at the same illness or condition (this is called a systematic review or meta-analysis). We also undertake observational studies to evaluate the impact of new interventions in routine care.


Our research helps to improve healthcare around the world.

Our research helps to improve healthcare in the UK and around the world.

Our Structure

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL employs around 200 staff and is currently co-ordinating around 60 trials and meta-analyses.

Senior Staff Profiles

Background, publication lists, and contact details for our senior staff


Learn about the history of the MRC CTU at UCL

Commitment to the Environment

Learn more about UCL's commitment to sustainability