College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Usher Institute

Conducting transformative research that impacts upon healthcare, the Usher Institute improves the health and wellbeing of patients, communities and populations locally and globally.

The Institute brings together a critical mass of researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, informatics, computer science, clinical science, sociology, social policy, governance, ethics, politics, medical law psychology, economics, geography, health promotion and medicine to create a truly interdisciplinary research institute.

The Usher Institute includes space within NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter and at Teviot Place, in the Central Area.


View of the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Website for the Usher Institute 


Centre for Population Health Sciences

Centre for Medical Informatics

Centre for Global Health Research

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Clinical Trials Unit

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) sits within the Usher Institute. It acts as a centre-point for the clinical trial activity undertaken across the University and NHS Lothian.  It provides support for designing, running and reporting clinical trials and health service research studies, hosts a methodological research team and supports research capacity building across Lothian. 

ECTU is closely affiliated with the Lothian Research Safe Haven and provides data linkages services across the University.  ECTU achieved full registration status with the UK Clinical Research Collaboration in 2007 and works under a quality framework in accordance with ICH GCP. 

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit