Research Support

Academic and clinical collaboration in Birmingham is long-established and brings together a unique concentration of prestigious institutions. As part of Birmingham Health Partners, our member University and NHS trusts benefit from co-located multidisciplinary expertise which speeds up the process of translational medicine – and ensures the research we pursue is relevant and meaningful to patients. 

The BHP Clinical Trial Grant Development and Set-up Group has been established to facilitate clinical research on behalf of principal investigators and their research teams, and is working towards implementing new processes across BHP to help them with their research. This page will be regularly updated with the latest resources for clinical-academics. If you don’t see the information you need, please get in touch with a member of the team using the contact details section below. 

pending; we should upload the new business form for the trials units. Sian Lax should be able to send you a copy and also perhaps Rowena Sharpe and Margaret Grant could write a short introductory summary about working with the trials units, our areas of expertise and then we can add the links to both our unit websites.

The University of Birmingham is one of the leading centres in the UK for clinical trials, having a wealth of experience across a wide range of diseases, clinical settings and trial designs.

The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) which was established in 1984, is a centre of excellence for early and late phase trials in a range of rare and common cancers. The Unit has recently taken on the national paediatric cancer trials portfolio with support from Cancer Research UK.

The Unit has longstanding expertise in haematology and hosts the National Leukemia Research Fund Phase II Team  that provides support to clinicians in the development of phase II trials in haematology. The early phase trial portfolio incorporates trials from the designated Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre in Birmingham and the Unit supports the trials activity of the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit for Hepatology.

The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) researches the best treatment in a wide range of medical problems, specialising in large-scale trials in chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and renal disease. BCTU has grown rapidly since its inception in 1997, having been awarded funding of over £30 million, and now has 45 staff running some 20 trials. The Department of Health, who provide core funding, rated the Unit’s research activities ‘high A’ (the maximum score) and ‘world class in terms of quality and significance for health’ in their 2007 review.

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Download the UHB SOP Research Passport (PDF, 152kb)
Download the Research Passport Algorithm of Research Activity and Pre-Engagement Checks (PDF, 71kb)
Download the IRAS HR Good Practice Resource Pack (PDF, 102kb)

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Download the Research & Development at UHB webinar slides (PDF, 1mb)

For initial or general enquiries, please get in touch with Dr Guojin Liu – Research Support Administrator, Research & Knowledge Transfer Office.

University Hospitals Birmingham contacts:

      • Sarah Pountain, Senior Research Manager
      • Clark Crawford, Head of Governance

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals contacts:

      • Liz Adey, Head of Research & Development
      • Jessica Firkins, Research & Development Project Support Lead

University of Birmingham contacts: