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Welcome to the NIHR Division of the Liverpool Clinical Trials Unit

Welcome to our website. Here you will find information about our current portfolio of trials.

We have a varied portfolio of trials within the division (including Child and Maternal health, Endocrinology / diabetes, Rheumatology) Including both CTIMP and non-CTIMP (e.g., device) interventions for patients within the national health services. These are typically large multicentre trials, involving many hospitals and trusts both nationally and sometimes internationally.

The LCTU is part of the Liverpool Trials Collaborative which is one of 46 UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units. The unit receives National Institute for Health Research CTU Support Funding which has been awarded to support the unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials.



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Packing of Perianal Abscess Cavities - full study now in set-up

The Phase III Randomised Controlled Trial assessing the impact of postoperative Packing of Perianal Abscess Cavities in now funded and in set-up.  Packing changes are very painful for patients that have undergone this procedure.  The primary aim of this study is to assess the pain of wound cavity packing changes versus no wound cavity packing at all, as well as the wound cavity healing rate of both techniques as a secondary aim. Other secondary aims will also be assessed.  A .....

NWSTC Investigator awarded RCSEng Fellowship

Congratulations to General Surgeon, Ms Lyndsay Pearce on being awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of England 'Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Learners Fellowship'. Lyndsay is an ST8 General Surgeon and is heavily involved with trainee surgical research in the North West region. She is the Chair of the PPAC2 steering committee and is actively involved in numerous nationwide studies that are on the North West Surgical Trials Centre (NWSTC) portfolio, as well as many clinical audits. .....

New approach improves five-year survival for pancreatic cancer patients

A University of Liverpool led clinical trial has shown that 29% of pancreatic cancer patients given a combination of two chemotherapy drugs lived for at least five years compared with 16% who received the one chemotherapy drug.

The latest Cancer Research UK figures show that around 9,400 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK and around 8,800 people die from the disease each year.

The trial involved 732 patients in hospitals across the UK, German, Sweden .....

Liverpool Scientists Set To Get Million Pound Cash Boost For Cancer Research

LIVERPOOL scientists and doctors are set to receive a major cash boost for research into cancer.

Leading research charity Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) plan to invest nearly £1.5m over the next five years into ground-breaking work at the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)*.

In Liverpool, the ECMC is a collaboration between The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, the Cancer Research UK Liverpool .....