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About Us

Who We Are

The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trials staff in Wales. The Centre tackles the big diseases, and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities.

The Centre achieves this by forming strategic partnerships with researchers, both seasoned and new, and building lasting relationships with the public, whose participation is essential for the success of studies.

The Centre consists of three clinical trials units and its Research Design and Conduct Service South East Wales. The current research portfolio is extensive and covers behaviour change, solid cancers and blood cancers, children and young people, and infections. The Centre is continuing to develop trials for medical devices and is establishing a portfolio of research on the older person.

What We Do

Our research aims to prevent ill-health, and to protect and prolong life by:

  • Designing, developing and testing services and interventions to improve health and healthcare quality
  • Understanding the biological, environmental and social causes of disease and determinants of health risk behaviours
  • Translating and implementing evidence into policy and practice, from laboratory science through to improved medical and healthcare practices.

Centre Research Expertise

  • Drug trials from early to late phase
  • Trials and complex interventions
  • Understanding the mechanisms of potential disease and the way treatments work
  • Cohort studies
  • Conducting randomised controlled trials in community and non-health settings
  • Translating research into policy and practice