Who Are We?

Formed in 2002, the Bristol based Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit (CTEU) has grown from a handful of talented individuals to over forty professionals, broadly split across a number of specialist teams. The unit is hosted in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol.

We carry out

  • Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and non-randomised studies to evaluate and quantify the effects of treatments and risk factors in patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Methodological research to improve the way in which evaluations are conducted

RCTs are used to evaluate the effects of new treatments compared to existing ones, when patients are allocated randomly to alternative treatments.  Non-randomised studies are used to develop new proposals of evaluations for interventions and to investigate factors associated with complications and long term outcomes after treatment. 

This unit receives National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Support Funding. This funding has been awarded to support the unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials.

We may be recruiting new staff within the unit, please visit the University of Bristol job listings to view any potential vacancies.

Working With Us

If you would like to collaborate with us on a study, please complete the application form on the Bristol Research Support Partners website, choosing CTEU Bristol as the preferred partner.

Latest Headlines

The team involved in the Paediatric Cortisol (Peacock) study have recruited their first patients to the study.

This is the first study of its kind looking at the cortisol levels in children under going cardiac surgery. It is possible by using a micro dialysis system developed here in Bristol by Stafford Lightman and his team.

Recruiting these patients is testament to research being a team game! It would be impossible without the research nurses, trial co-ordinators, lab technicians, surgeons in and theatre and the doctors and staff in PICU.

If you would like more information about the study or you have a child coming in for cardiac surgery. Please contact email Peacock-study@bristol.ac.uk


PPI work

If you are interested in finding out more, or
getting involved, with PPI work (coordinated
with the Cardiovascular Theme of the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre), then please visit
the PPI website.

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Improving clinical care through research: A patient journey through the cortisol study (funded by the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Unit 2012-2017). 


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This unit receives National Institute for Health Research CTU Support Funding. This funding has been awarded to support the unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials