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Durham Clinical Trials Unit

Durham Clinical Trials Unit

Durham Clinical Trials Unit (DCTU) was established in 2009, and brings together academics with a substantial track record in conducting clinical trials and other clinical studies. DCTU leads the design, management, coordination, monitoring, data management and analysis of high quality clinical trials, collaborating with clinical teams in a number of NHS organisations in the North of England.

Our academic expertise includes quantitative and qualitative methods, therapeutic and service development interventions, facilitating the design of mixed methods studies and complex interventions in addition to randomised controlled trials. Researchers and NHS professionals developing research proposals targeting funding from the National Institute for Health Research will find targeted guidance for preparing their proposals through the Research Design Service. DCTU enhances this support, by offering opportunities for collaboration to develop and deliver studies from the point of funding through to the dissemination of findings. 

Professor James Mason is Director of DCTU and has a considerable track record in the design, conduct and publication of randomised controlled trials and other research designs; he is also Director of the Research Design Service.

Rebecca Maier is Manager of DCTU with extensive experience of trial management and coordination. Her experience includes management of in-house academic-led and commercial pharmaceutical trials, being responsible for all aspects of trial management. Rebecca is a professional member of the Institute for Clinical Research.

For more information please contact DCTU by email: or by telephone 0191 334 0345


Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015 Winner

The Durham Constipation Service, hosted by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, was the winner of the Patient and Public Involvement - Making Research Better category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015.

(29 May 2015) » More about Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015 Winner

International Clinical Trials Day

The International Clinical Trials Day will take place on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

(20 May 2015) » More about International Clinical Trials Day

MAVRIC recruits 100th patient

The Manubrium-limited ministernotomy versus conventional sternotomy for aortic valve replacement: A randomised controlled trial has recruited its 100th patient.

(12 Feb 2015) » More about MAVRIC recruits 100th patient

Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year award - NIHR Portfolio research in the North East and North Cumbria

The DISCARD 2 project has been awarded the Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year award by the CRN North East and North Cumbria. 

(5 Feb 2015) » More about Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year

Contact Us

Durham Clinical Trials Unit
Wolfson Research Institute
Durham University Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH
Tel: + 44 (0)191 334 0345