Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit (GCTU)

Image of a researcher in labThe Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit (GCTU) is accredited by the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) and supports both academic and commercial studies.

The GCTU provides specialist services from the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility, the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, and the NHS GG&C R&D department.


Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (GCRF)

Image of clinical researchThe Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (GCRF) was established in 2006 with funding from the Scottish Government via the Chief Scientist Office. It provides state-of-the-art research space across several geographical sites including the £5million Clinical Research Facility at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus. This ensures clinical research is a cornerstone of person-centred healthcare development.

Each research space provides high-quality clinical environments and outreach services where patients and healthy volunteers can take part in international clinical research studies.

The GCRF is integrated closely with other clinical research developments, reflecting the importance of the joint strategic objectives of Glasgow Biomedicine to ensure delivery on clinical research in Glasgow. Training and mentoring forms a critical component. This ensures long-term development and growth, making the GCRF a focus of excellence in clinical research in the West of Scotland for clinical scientists and other health professionals. Also a key component of the GCRF, is the cadre of full-time nurses working to defined protocols and trained in state-of-the-art research techniques.


Robertson Centre for Biostatistics

Image of clinical researchThe Robertson Centre for Biostatistics forms a key part of Glasgow Biomedicine and has an international reputation for its work in clinical trials, epidemiology and health economics.

The Centre conducts and supports collaborative research in clinical trials and other well conducted studies in all areas of medicine.

It is a key component of UKCRC (United Kingdom Clinical Research Collaboration) fully registered Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit and have significant experience of joint working with colleagues in academia, the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry in the West of Scotland, across the UK and internationally.

The Centre is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence due to our:

  • contributions to medicine through our research and its impact on clinical guidelines and clinical practice
  • contributions to major international multi-centre clinical trials, epidemiological studies and other research projects
  • excellent relations with medical and biological researchers in academia, the pharmaceutical  and device industries, the National Health Service and other research organisations

The RCB has a proven track record in expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials and epidemiological studies and in the development of novel informatics technologies to support their conduct:

  • Biostatistics
  • Health Informatics
  • Data Processing and Management
  • Software Development
  • Project Management and Project Development