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Clinical Trials and Research

We are committed to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Clinical research with NHS, charity and industry partners is key.

Helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives

Our University can trace its origins back to the School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834. Today we are a world leader in a wide range of health and care research programmes. This includes drug discovery, rare diseases, ageing and multimorbidity and more.

Your clinical research ambitions could be supported by a range of colleagues from:

  • Newcastle Health Innovation Partners
  • Newcastle Joint Research Office
  • Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit
  • Translational and Clinical Research Institute
  • Postgraduate degrees

Newcastle Health Innovation Partners

NHIP brings together the region's leading research, NHS and city partners to address health inequalities.

It is one of just eight Academic Health Science Centres in the UK. It brings together world-class research, education and clinical practice.

The partnership is formed by:

  • Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria

Learn more about Newcastle Health Innovation Partners

Newcastle Joint Research Office

Together with Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we have established the Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO). It is your gateway to a network of expertise enabling life-changing clinical and lab research.

The team can support you in the development, delivery and implementation of world-class, clinical, translational and experimental research through:

  • over 400 research staff across many roles supporting research from concept to closedown
  • dedicated Oncology Research Team covering a broad range of indications and therapeutic areas
  • embedded clinical delivery teams
  • research-active pharmacy team

Through the NJRO, you can access more nationally-accredited specialist services than any other centre in the country.

The expertise of the NJRO team includes:

  • phase 1 to 4 clinical trials capabilities with dedicated facilities
  • world-leading research in rare diseases including Muscular Dystrophy, Mitochondrial and CAR-T
  • cancer drug discovery through to clinical evaluation taking nine first-in-class agents into clinics
  • quality improvement methodologies embedded to meet sponsor and researcher expectations
  • NIHR CRN recruitment to target measure - consistently 80%


Industry links

Strong relationships with:

  • Astex, Novartis, Roche, Genentech

Site partnerships:

  • UK’s first Pfizer INSPIRE Site
  • flagship site with Medpace
  • alliance site with Parexel
  • partner site with IQVIA
  • Cancer Research UK

collaborations with SMEs:

  • Your Health & Care
  • Nanovery
  • Lightox

collaborative working with Clinithink to improve patient recruitment to clinical trials

Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit

The unit can support you with the design, development, delivery and analysis of high quality clinical trials and studies. Projects could include:

  • investigational medicinal products
  • device trials
  • clinical investigations
  • surgical trials
  • innovative designs
  • pilot and feasibility trials

The unit achieved full registration as a UKCRC unit in 2007 - registration number 22.

Translational and Clinical Research Institute

Part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the institute works to move research from "bench to bedside."

Our work in human illness and disease identifies new areas for mechanistic study and challenges for healthcare delivery. Knowledge gained in laboratories is transfored into new diagnostic tests and treatments. 

Postgraduate degrees

The Clinical Research MClinRes, PGDip, and PGCert allow you to study clinical research in the context of your workplace.

Our courses are suitable for any clinical research topic, including:

  • medical
  • surgical
  • mental health
  • allied health care

Our programmes encourage you to plan, conduct, analyse and write up clinical research.

You'll do this in the context of your professional role. You'll learn and develop skills in clinical research in your area of expertise. This is the most valuable way of consolidating the theory you'll learn on the course.