The Liverpool Clinical Trials Unit (LCTU) was established in 1996 by Professor JP Neoptolemos in order to conduct clinical trials from Liverpool and was soundly developed by a generous award from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust.
The original programme of national and UK-led international pancreatic cancer trials started in 1992 when Professor Neoptolemos and colleagues from other major centres in Europe set up the European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC) to meet the needs of research in this area - previously almost entirely lacking. The original ESPAC-1 Trial was undertaken from the core funding of the CR-UK Birmingham Cancer Trials Unit. The LCTU adopted and took over the trial management of ESPAC-1 as well as taking on other trials in oesophageal varices, pancreatitis and pancreas function.
Core Programme Funding for LCTU came from Cancer Research UK (2006-2010) and was twice renewed so far by Cancer Research UK (2010-2013 and 2013-2018) to bring it in line with other CRUK CTUs and is one of the divisions with thin the broader LCTU.
UKCRC CTU registration was initially awarded to the LCTU in 2007 and then renewed in 2012 as part of the Liverpool Trials Collaborative.
The LCTU was approved to join the NCRI CTU Group in 2014.
The CRUK Liverpool CTU now has broad portfolio of clinical cancer trials but with a particular emphasis on pancreas, liver, biliary, uveal, haematological, breast and urothelial malignancies.
Key Contact Information
Director of LCTU: John Neoptolemos - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Director: Paula Ghaneh - email@example.com
Oncology Director: Dan Palmer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Operational Director: Seema Chauhan - email@example.com
Deputy Operational Director: Charlotte Rawcliffe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacovigilance: Syed Hussain - email@example.com
Head of Statistics and Bioinformatics: Trevor Cox - firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior IS Developer: Laura Marsh - email@example.com
Senior Research Nurse: Ruth Stafferton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Assurance Manager: Emma Law - email@example.com
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