The Centre offers extensive research support services for clinical trials, epidemiological studies and other medical studies, with services delivered to meet the needs and budget constraints of the projects. Full data centre support is available in the areas of biostatistics, data management, data processing, software development and project management.
Centre staff have published widely in statistical, epidemiological and clinical medicine literature.
Collaborative Research with Academia and the NHS
The Centre has extensive experience of working with clinical researchers in academia and the NHS. We collaborate in all areas of medicine and welcome involvement in the design and management of publicly funded studies.
Collaborative Research with Industry
The Centre has extensive experience of working with the pharmaceutical industry and is expert in meeting regulatory standard reporting requirements. It has contributed significantly to the design, conduct and interpretation of many completed large landmark clinical trials, especially in cardiovascular disease, including WOSCOPS, PROSPER, CAPRICORN, TIBET, IONA and BEAUTifUL. The Centre also provides reports to Independent Data and Safety Monitoring Committees (IDMCs), with option to access these via a secure web server.
Research Support Services to Collaborators in Glasgow
The Centre provides a range of free support services to clinical researchers conducting research under the auspices of Glasgow Biomedicine. These include a biostatistics advisory service with its emphasis on contributing to the development of collaborative funding applications, statistics courses (basic and advanced) and serious adverse event and pharmacovigilance reporting infrastructure for clinical trials. The Centre provides a telephone (IVRS) and web-based randomisation infrastructure for enrolling/randomising patients into randomised clinical trials. (Study-specific provision, including telephone charges, voice recordings and production, setup and administration of individual randomisation schedules will, however, be met by the individual study budgets.)
Use of Health Records in Support of Medical Research
The Centre has experience in the use of novel electronic tools to enhance the conduct of clinical research, particularly related to the use of routinely collected health data.
Links to the Stroke Research Network
The Centre has strong links with the UK Stroke Research Network (SRN). Professor Ian Ford is Assistant Director (with responsibility for Biostatistics and Informatics) for the Network and currently chairs its Operational Steering Group.