Imperial Clinical Trials Unit

ICTU is a UKCRC-registered Clinical Trials Unit recognised for its experience and expertise in the development and delivery of clinical trials and associated high-quality clinical research projects across a range of therapeutic areas.

The unit leads primarily on the design, conduct and analysis of national and international multi-centre trials and the staff, with specialist disease and methodological knowledge, have input at all stages of the trial lifecycle; thus ensuring all activities are conducted according to the principles of ICH GCP and in compliance with the appropriate regulatory and ethical requirements.

ICTU sits within Imperial College London as a department within the School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and brings together academic, clinical and trial management expertise from across the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. ICTU also collaborates with members of the designated Academic Health Science Network for North West London – Imperial College Healthcare Partners, other national key clinical and scientific opinion leaders, other CTUs and with industry.

ICTU expertise

Each trial in the ICTU portfolio is allocated an ICTU study team according to the size and type of study, and whether full or partial collaboration has been agreed.  On the operational side, a study team generally consists of a dedicated Trial Manager, Monitor and Clinical Trial Administrator, all overseen by an Operations Manager.  A dedicated Study Statistician, with oversight from a Senior Statistician will be responsible for the statistical design and analysis of the trial. This team is then supported with central database development, data management and administrative support from the InForm team.

Additionally, ICTU has an in-house Quality Assurance team responsible for overseeing, maintaining and improving ICTU’s Quality Management System.

ICTU has a transparent and timely process for reviewing and prioritising proposals from investigators seeking collaboration with the unit. Proposals may entail complete or partial collaboration with ICTU.  Visit our Collaborations page for more detailed information on collaborating with ICTU.

NIHR Imperial Clinical Research Facility

In addition to ICTU, Imperial hosts the NIHR Imperial Clinical Research Facility (ICRF) which provides a fully staffed inpatient/outpatient clinical unit to conduct early phase and experimental medicine clinical trials and studies. For more information on the NIHR Imperial CRF and the support they provide, please refer to their website. You can apply to undertake your clinical research at the ICRF here.


Key Individuals
  • Professor Victoria Cornelius
    Professor Victoria Cornelius
    Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit
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