Clinical trials

Our cross-cutting clinical trials research brings together scientists, clinicians, practitioners and trial design, management, evaluation, statistical analysis and database expertise.

Facilitated by the University of Plymouth’s UKCRC-registered Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) and Medical Statistics teams, we conduct single and multi-centre trials and other well-designed studies from early human drug trials (CTIMPs) to public health and health services complex interventions across the University’s health and medical research, focusing on four main areas:

  • clinical neurosciences, mental health and well-being
  • cancer treatment and prevention
  • inflammation, infection and immunity
  • musculoskeletal and pain management.

These studies are conducted with researchers from across the University of Plymouth brought together through the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research which encompasses our Clinician led medical research and Public health and health services research.

Our research is enabled by our close working relationship with the South West Research Design Service, PenARC and South West Clinical Research Network, all of whom we are co-located with us at Plymouth Science Park, and with neighbouring Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT), one of Europe’s largest hospitals with an excellent track record for patient recruitment into clinical trials.

In addition, clinical trials related research is conducted with a range of regional and national partners including other NHS Trusts, Universities and businesses, and the PenCTU and Medical Statistics teams undertake their own trials related methodological research.


Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research

From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, our thriving community conducts adventurous world-leading research.

Transformation in life course, ageing, methodologies, e-health, technology and interventions in health, social care, lifestyle and wellbeing.

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