Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility
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Core Services

Our Scientific Cores and Specialist Support Services have over fifteen years’ experience in supporting high quality, high impact research with a particular focus on experimental medicine.

Nursing and Clinical

Our Nursing and Clinical team provides a high quality clinical environment in which patients and healthy volunteers can safely participate in research.

Imaging and Image Analyis

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Modern imaging techniques have revolutionized many aspects of medicine and clinical research by providing more accurate diagnosis, guidance of surgical procedures and greater understanding of disease processes.

Genetics

The Genetics Core is staffed and equipped to provide secure receipt, processing, archiving and analysis of biological samples. Our team can provide support for your clinical research from sample collection to genetic analysis, working to the principles of Good Clinical Practice for Laboratories. We aim to be a centre of excellence for quality assured genomic research.

Mass Spectrometry

Our team provides a service for targeted small molecule analysis. We use separation by chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis. We offer a number of validated quantitative assays and also develop novel analytical methods tailored to researcher-specific questions and needs.

Epidemiology and Statistics

The Epidemiology and Statistics Core aims to improve the methodological quality of research projects through the provision of expert statistical input.

Education Programme

The Education Programme was launched in 2003 and provides an extensive multi-professional programme of education. We provide education activities according to the needs of health professionals, reacting to change in legislation and good practice.

Information Technology

The IT Core develops and maintains web services and applications to support the needs of clinical research. Our software is used in many Clinical Research sites in the UK and Europe.

Research Support

We provide administrative support for all Edinburgh CRF Cores, assisting them in providing a high quality and responsive service to the clinical research community.