Great North Children's Hospital Research Unit

Clinical Trials at GNCH

The opening of the Great North Children’s Hospital provides a perfect environment for clinical research. The number and scope of clinical studies in children have increased in recent years, due to initiatives such as the EU Paediatric Regulation in 2007, with the objective of improving child health through the regulation of medicines for use in children.

The Great North Children’s Hospital Research Unit (GNCHRU) has been established to provide a focus for paediatric research activity and an infrastructure to support NIHR portfolio adopted studies, including commercial paediatric clinical trials. The team consists of:

  • research nurses,
  • trial co-ordinators, and
  • data managers

who assist in the set-up and running of paediatric research studies. 

A GNCHRU Executive Committee made up of senior clinical and managerial staff holds the responsibility for research governance and meets regularly to discuss new studies, share knowledge and disseminate research results. 

The aim of the unit is not only to make it easy for consultants to open new clinical trials, but also to increase awareness of, and involvement in, paediatric research amongst both staff and patients. The new GNCHRU works in partnership with the research teams and departments in the Trust and is linked to and funded through the local Comprehensive Research Network (CLRN), the Medicines for Children Network (MCRN) and other topical research networks such as the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN).

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Related Staff:

Research Unit

Dr Rachel Agbeko
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Dr Flora McErlane
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Professor Josef Vormoor

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