Clinical Trials Research Centre (Clinical Trials Units)

Methodology and Conduct Support


Director Paula Williamson

CTRC receive NIHR CTU Support Funding that is intended to strengthen the capacity for designing and conducting clinical trials and other evaluation studies to support applications and projects. 

CTRC Website 

MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research

Director Paula Williamson

The MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research (NWHTMR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor , involving experts in medical statistics, clinical trial methodology, pharmacoeconomics, sociology and clinical psychology.

The Hub will focus on three methodological research themes (early phase trial design and analysis, later phase trial design and analysis and patients’ perspectives ), developing and translating methods for application across key clinical areas (Drug Safety, Medicines for Children, Epilepsy, Cancer).

MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research Website

Methodology Advice Service for Trials (MAST)

Provide trials methodology advice to trialists and statisticians who encounter non-standard methodological problems.

Methodology Advice Service for Trials (MAST) Website

Department of Biostatistics

Director Paula Williamson

Provides methodological and applied research, as well as teaching.

Department of Biostatistics Website

FIN Research Theme of HeRC Health e –research Centre North

Professor Paula Williamson Lead

HeRC is a MRC led consortium develops and applies advanced methods to unlock and harness real-world evidence from health data across Northern England. It is multidisciplinary e-research environment for health discovery and innovation across the universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster and York. The FIN theme aims to harness feasibility data using advanced health informatics and electronic health record data to improve design and conduct of clinical trials.

Health e-research Website

North West Research Design Service (RDS)

Support the design of NHS research pre-funding offering expertise in methodology, statistics, health economics and patient public involvement  (advisors will travel to meet investigators in clinical areas). A series of seminars are available to prepare Research for Patient benefit applications including a critical read and mock panel. A bursary is available to support Patient Public Involvement.

North West Research Design Service Website


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