Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility provides state of the art facilities to support multidisciplinary clinical research locally, nationally and internationally.
A joint venture between University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, Edinburgh CRF was one of only five facilities in the UK to receive Wellcome Trust Millennium funding. Our Scientific Cores and Specialist support teams have many years’ experience in supporting high quality, high impact research.
In 1997 the Wellcome Trust, in collaboration with the English and Scottish Executive Health departments, launched an initiative to strengthen clinical research in the UK by funding the construction costs of five new Wellcome Trust clinical research facilities.
The aim was to provide purpose-built environments for patient-oriented research that were specifically designed to encourage collaborations between basic and clinically trained scientists.
As a result of a joint bid submitted by University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, Edinburgh was the only Scottish site to receive funding and became the first CRF in Scotland.
Edinburgh CRF operates on all the clinical sites in Edinburgh. The original Wellcome Trust award funded a purpose-built facility (WTCRF) on the Western General Hospital site. This was quickly followed by the opening of a facility embedded in the new Royal Infirmary at Little France (RIECRF).
Our paediatric facility (Children’s CRF) is currently housed in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Sciennes, and will be moving to purpose built and expanded accommodation in the new Sick Children’s Hospital at Little France.
MHRA Phase I Accreditation and Quality Assurance
In July 2011, we became the first academic non-commercial clinical research facility in the UK to receive accreditation under the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Phase I Scheme. Our tried and tested Quality Assurance system ensures that your study will be conducted in line with current governance and regulatory requirements.
David Newby | CRF Director
David initially used the facility as a Principal Investigator, undertaking numerous experimental medicine studies funded principally by the British Heart Foundation. He became co-director of the facility shortly after the turn of the millennium. He has overseen numerous developments and in particular initiated the facility’s application for accreditation under the MHRA Phase I Scheme.
Peter Hayes | CRF Director
Peter has been part of Edinburgh CRF management since it opened and has shared director duties with David for many years. Part of his remit is to facilitate the smooth running of the facility and promote its use by the many researchers in Edinburgh.
Steve Cunningham | Children’s CRF Director and CRF Associate Director
Steve joined the CRF management team in 2016 having helped develop the portfolio of studies at the Children’s CRF, including those leading to MHRA Phase I accreditation for children – the first standalone Phase I children’s CRF in the UK. Steve leads national and international trials in children’s respiratory research.
Steve McSwiggan | CRF Deputy Director
Steve has responsibility for the direct delivery of Edinburgh CRFs across its three hospital sites. Steve has many years’ experience working in a variety of clinical research roles, including acting as Principal Investigator on multi-centre studies, helping design clinical trials, completing regulatory submissions as a Senior Trials Manager and leading a commercial research team in a busy NHS R&D office.