Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group

Welcome to the Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group (CTPS) at the Faculty of Health. Focusing on the development, testing and evaluation of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and preventative approaches, our work connects researchers, expertise and activity across the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research, investigating and evaluating treatments and preventative approaches across the healthcare sector.

Professor Adrian Taylor

CTPS group lead

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Our research

The Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group (CTPS) hosts:

  • Large epidemiological studies and trials from cancer to multiple sclerosis, mental health to diabetes, Parkinson’s disease to dementia and health improvement through behaviour change, diet and exercise, smoking cessation and interventions to address alcohol and substance misuse.
  • Our high-impact, interdisciplinary Community and Primary Care Research Group, working in Public Health research as part of the National Institute of Health Research's (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula (NIHR PenARC).
  • The UKCRC registered Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU).


  • Our dedicated Medical Statistics team, providing statistical analysis and support across a wide range of biomedical and clinical research areas.
  • Our Clinician led medical research group, conducting clinical trials focused research to develop and evaluate novel drugs, medical treatments and diagnostics for patient benefit.
  • Internationally renowned expertise in design and validation of Patient Outcome Scales, cognitive assessment apps and eHealth tools within our Clinical Neurology group.
  • Our Oral health services research and Obesity research teams.
  • NIHR Research Design Service South West, supporting the preparation of applications for applied health or social care research, providing expert advice on research design and methodology.

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