Research activity

Here is a list of all the research activity pages:

Generic List

Previous Meetings

Information on previous UK Platelet Group meetings.

Primary Care and Clinical Research Trials Unit

The Primary Care Clinical Research & Trials Unit (PC-CRTU) has been conducting clinical trials since 1985 and has an excellent track record in designing, implementing, coordinating, monitoring, analysing and publishing trials. It is the largest and longest-running academic primary care facility in Europe for clinical trials in the community.Our central facility expertly coordinates large and small community-based clinical trials. The PC-CRTU has strong links to West Midlands PCTs and Secondary Care Trusts. The PC-CRTU has developed excellent relationships with local networks of Primary Care Cancer, Mental Health, Medicine for Children, Stroke and the CLRN. We have access to more than 3500 GPs, in 985 practices, from 88 PCTs across England and Wales, an estimated patient population of over 5.4 million and approximately 40% of the total population of the West Midlands.

Primary Care Clinical Research & Trials Unit (PC-CRTU)

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 Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) brings together clinical trial expertise from across the University and, in particular, the three large, well-established, UKCRC fully-registered Clinical Trials Units. The trials portfolio at the University of Birmingham is supported by a comprehensive expert infrastructure in trial methodology.

Primary Care, Population Health Research and Epidemiology

Research within this theme is determining disease aetiology and health outcomes, including the role of the environment and genes, and using such knowledge to inform the design and evaluation of population-based or clinical interventions to prevent or treat conditions of population health importance.

Projects - Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

Our projects span from basic work on understanding brain function, through using advanced imaging, robotic devices and virtual reality environments to promote recovery in neurological patients, to applied work on developing intelligent robots.

Projects - Collaborative Research Network in Imaging and Visualisation

Introduction page to the Projects section of the Collaborative Research Network in Imaging and Visualisation website, showcasing some examples of areas of work conducted at the University,

Projects - Geosystems

The geosystems group undertake a number of collaborative and research theme driven projects.

PROSPER Trial: A Randomised Trial of Rectal Prolapse Surgery

PROSPER Trial: A Randomised Trial of Rectal Prolapse Surgery in the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit


ASTRAL is a multicentre, randomized, unblinded clinical trial, comparing revascularisation in addition to medical therapy versus medical therapy alone in patients with atherosclerotic renovascular disease (ARVD). The aim of ASTRAL is to assess whether renal arterial revascularisation with balloon angioplasty and/or endovascular stenting can safely prevent progressive renal failure among patients with ARVD. ASTRAL closed to recruitment in October 2007 having recruited 806 patients, and is now in long term follow up until 2017. The trial is managed by the BCTU at the University of Birmingham.
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