College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Clinical Trials Oversight Group

The Clinical Trials Oversight Group (CTOG) provides oversight of the pathway for locally sponsored clinical trials at the University.

CTOG was formed in the spring of 2021 in response to an external review to maximise the success of the clinical trials pathway.  Its remit is to:

  1. Celebrate the successes of locally-sponsored clinical trials, and encourage dissemination and implementation of their findings
  2. Monitor the implementation of the University's clinical trials strategy 
  3. Review the size and composition of the portfolio of locally-sponsored clinical trials
  4. Advise on funding opportunities to develop locally-sponsored clinical trials


The current members of CTOG are:
  • Rustam Al-Shahi Salman (Chair), Clinical Director of Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU)
  • John Norrie, Director of ECTU
  • Jennifer Cusiter, Head of CMVM Research Office
  • Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office (ERO)
  • Bean Dhaun, Director of Clinical Research Facility (CRF)
  • Alasdair Gray, NHS Lothian Director of R&D
  • Tim Walsh, NHS Lothian Director of Innovation

CTOG is supported by the CMVM Research Office. If you have any questions about CTOG, please contact Ismar Haga (


Relevant links

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit


Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

Edinburgh Research Office

External review summary and recommendations