Welsh Government

Centre for Trials Research




Professor Michael Robling

02920 687177


Professor Monica Busse

02920 687559


The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trial staff in Wales. They tackle the big diseases and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities.

They achieve this by forming strategic partnerships with researchers, both seasoned and new, and building lasting relationships with the public, whose participation is essential for the success of their studies.

The Centre for Trials Research is a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered clinical trials unit, that receives funding from Health and Care Research Wales.

The Centre has a mission to:

  • Improve the number and quality of trials (and other well designed studies) in health and social care led by Welsh based investigators
  • Co-ordinate multi-centre trials (and other well designed studies) across Wales, the UK and beyond;
  • Develop portfolios of expertise which are recognised both nationally and internationally
  • Enhance collaborative working within the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure and beyond
  • Provide support and advice to staff working in health and social care within the Cardiff & Vale, Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf University Health Board areas to develop high-quality research proposals

The Trials Unit also has responsibility for delivering a Research Design and Conduct Service within the Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board areas.

The Centre will:

  • Maintain an international reputation established in infections, behaviour change and children & young people, to continue to develop devices research to gain an international reputation and to establish a portfolio of research in the older person
  • Develop its methodological portfolio with a particular focus on efficient trial design and individualising of interventions
  • Ensure patient and public involvement is appropriately embedded in all research and to provide community engagement and understanding of science more broadly
  • Build successful partnerships with other parts of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure and with the NHS and social care across South East Wales and beyond
  • Develop processes and systems to ensure that data and samples collected through prospective studies are available for future research


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