Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU)

This is the UKCRC logoThe Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at The University of Sheffield provides advice and practical support to investigators planning or running clinical trials. We can provide expertise in the design and operational conduct of trials to international regulatory standards in clinical, community and general practice settings.

Other study designs such as observation studies, patient registers and cohort studies which require significant levels of data management could also benefit from CTRU support.

Expertise and services:

  • Trial design and protocol development
  • Assistance in seeking funding and preparation of grant applications
  • Ethics, Research governance and MHRA support
  • Trial management
  • Clinical trial implementation
  • Randomisation service
  • Data management
  • Web-based database system design in accordance with FDA standards
  • Economic evaluation
  • Statistical advice and analysis
  • Data modelling alongside trials

We are able to put you in touch with our colleagues in Health Economics & Decision Science (HEDS) in order that modelling and health economic involvement can be considered at the earliest stage in your study design.

We can assist your research from the earliest stages from identifying funding sources and protocol development through to implementation and publication. If you have a study in mind, please contact us to discuss your requirements.



This unit receives National Institute for Health Research CTU Support Funding. This funding has been awarded to support the unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials.