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Brighton and Sussex CTU

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Brighton and Sussex CTU

The Brighton and Sussex Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) provides support and expertise for clinical researchers in the south east and beyond in the development of funding applications, trial design, study management, quality assurance, data analysis, dissemination and trial close-down.

The CTU can support clinical research across a range of disciplines that will contribute to the evidence base for the diagnosis, management and prevention of disease.  

If you would like to express an interest in working with us on your research project, please complete the form below or email our team.

View the expressions of interest form here >

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What is a CTU?

A CTU is a specialist unit that has been set up with a specific remit to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and other well-designed studies.

It has the capability to provide specialist expert statistical, epidemiological and other methodological advice and coordination to undertake successful clinical trials.

In addition, most CTUs have expertise in the coordination of trials that involve investigational medicinal products which must be conducted in compliance with the UK Regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials.

BSCTU was awarded full registration from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) in February 2023.  This entailed providing evidence to an international panel of experts of the capability to centrally coordinate multi-centre clinical trials (i.e. having overall responsibility for the design, development, recruitment, data management, publicity and analysis of a portfolio of trials), and that they had established robust systems to ensure conduct and delivery of clinical trials to the highest quality standards.

What do we support?

The CTU supports clinical trials and other multi-centre research in all areas of health and social care. Some CTU staff are core-funded to work with researchers to design studies and develop grant applications but most of the CTU input into the research project must be funded by the research grant. Please come and discuss with us early to enable sufficient resource to be costed.

How we can help

We work with researchers to provide expert input throughout the clinical trial process.

  • Trial design
  • Costing trials
  • Grant application
  • Trial set up
  • Obtaining ethics, R&D and regulatory approval
  • Liaising with sponsor and funder
  • Budget management
  • Design of CRFs and design and build of validated database
  • Data management
  • Statistical analysis
  • IMP management
  • Setting up and ongoing liaison with participating sites
  • Maintenance of TMF 
  • Monitoring
  • Preparation of reports for funders, REC, oversight committees
  • Publication and dissemination of results (manuscripts, posters, presentations)
  • Readiness for MHRA Inspection


The latest publications from the Brighton and Sussex CTU.