Our Clinical Trial Units
At any one time the University of Oxford sponsors around 1,000 academic designed and led clinical research studies within the EU of which about 150 are interventional trials ranging from phase I to phase IV. The University sponsors approximately 350 further studies outside the EU, largely through its Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health.
Most of the EU-based studies are run by one of the University’s five UKCRC fully-registered specialist clinical trials units.
- Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit specializing in major large scale studies and trials of chronic disease.
- Diabetes Trials Unit national and multinational trials of the management and treatment of diabetes.
- Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit which integrates the following trials groups:
- Oxford Trauma and Emergency Care seeks to improve patient care by designing and testing new treatments and new treatment pathways. We aim to deliver better outcomes for patients and more efficient care within the NHS and other healthcare system worldwide.
- Oncology Clinical Trials Office specialising in early detection, precision prevention and early phase treatment trials across a range of cancer types.
- Surgical Intervention Trials Unit aims to advance knowledge and inspire innovation in surgical science research and we strive to support the highest quality surgical trials.
- Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology focuses on the use of experimental medicine techniques to elucidate the mechanism of action and potential clinical utility of novel therapeutic agents. The core of our work is in rheumatology but as the portfolio expands we are applying these approaches to other therapeutic area.
- Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford carries out important applied research improving the lives of patients through musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
- NPEU Clinical Trials Unit conducts multicentre trials of a broad range of interventions for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, the newborn period and early childhood.
- Primary Care and Vaccines Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit which integrates the Primary Care Trials Unit and the Oxford Vaccine Centre and collaborates closely with the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit.
The Oxford Joint Research Office is a partnership which brings together the teams in Oxford’s two Universities and two NHS Trusts who are responsible for supporting clinical and other healthcare-related research. Originally established in 2011 as a partnership between the University of Oxford (OU) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), the JRO expanded in 2022 to include Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OH) and Oxford Brookes University (OBU).