Edinburgh Clinical Trials

About Us

ECTU provides an infrastructure to design, plan and deliver clinical research studies across a varied portfolio of clinical specialties and methodologies.


ECTU Launch Event, Friday 26 May 2017, Chancellors Building

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit - doing trials that matter.  Presentations (posted with permission).


Presentations - Part 1

- Part 2

- Part 3


ECTU offers various levels of support according to the project and the needs of the research team.  Please contact ECTU as soon as possible when developing your clinical research study.

  • Methodology; design and powering of clinical studies, and statistical analysis and reporting
  • Trial planning and delivery; adopted trials (using the UKCRC registration) are supported by a team of trial managers, data managers and programmers.
  • Clinical support; ECTU hosts a team of experienced research nurses who can plan studies in a clinical setting and recruit and follow up patients in both primary and secondary care.
  • Capacity Building; ECTU hosts initiatives to encourage and develop the professionalism of research practice in Lothian
  • Data management; ECTU provides a data management service (using bespoke or ‘off the shelf’ database solutions) to support smaller scale studies.
  • Advice; With an experienced team of clinical research professionals, ECTU is able to offer advice to researchers and trial teams and aims to share best practice throughout Lothian.

ECTU studies are funded and sponsored by Government, charity, the EU and industry partners.

Usher Institute logo

ECTU sits within the Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences, and forms part of the Usher Institute.  ECTU has a steering committee which comprises representatives from the major stakeholder (University research staff, University management, NHS Lothian) and an external advisory group.

Usher Institute

Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

Contact details



University of Edinburgh
level 2, NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter
9 Little France Road

Post Code
EH16 4UX