Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Clinical Research Unit

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The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is the hub of activity for translational research within the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, (OCDEM). Resources in the unit include 8 beds with facilities for overnight stays, a DEXA scanner, and a fully resourced laboratory. We also have a fully equipped room to support metabolism studies including ultrasound, use of stable isotope and other equipment facilitating the measurement of a wide range of metabolic profiles.

The CRU is led by a Clinical Director, Professor Fredrik Karpe and staffed by a full time manager, 5 full time and 2 part time research nurses. Currently a total of 23 studies are registered with the unit which cover a wide spectrum of research areas across diabetes, endocrinology and lipid metabolism.

The unit provides support to both academic and commercially based studies and provides a safe and comfortable patient environment with a high level of experience and support for the researcher.

Taking part in Research Studies

Just click here to register your interest.

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To do our studies, we need healthy volunteers and people with diabetes or other health conditions to take part - without them, our research cannot take place. By taking part in a clinical study you are helping us find out if our innovative studies could help to benefit people with these health conditions in the future.

We are looking for people to join our Research Recruitment Register. If you join you will be kept informed about our research and about any clinical trials that you could take part in. If you are interested in joining or finding out more we would like to hear from you.

Research in the Clinical Research Unit

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) provides a centre where clinical and physiological investigations can be carried out. It is run to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards and has an established record of high quality support for a wide range of studies. The unit has maintained high recruitment levels and low withdrawal rates and ensures that studies are run to the highest standards. The aims of the unit are to meet the needs of the researcher while ensuring that individual volunteers receive the best possible care.

The nursing team provides expertise to carry out study procedures by following Standard Operating Procedures, which can be used and adapted for individual studies and guarantees consistency of method across studies. Where appropriate, nursing staff may be able to provide 24-hour cover and domiciliary visits.

Any investigator requiring the use of the CRU should contact Rachel Franklin, Nurse Manager, on 01865 857202 or email Rachel directly.

The OCDEM CRU is supported by Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and works in close collaboration with the Diabetes Research Network.