ICTUImperial Clinical Trials Unit

Welcome to Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU)

This website is intended for people who are considering taking part in clinical trials and would like to find out more about what’s involved, why clinical trials are important and what the benefits of taking part in trials are. You can also find out about current clinical trials going on in ICTU and how to get involved.


What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a way of finding out what the safest and most effective way to prevent or treat an illness/medical condition is.

Why do we do clinical trials?

Clinical trials help us find out what treatment works best for preventing or treating illnesses/medical conditions. Treatments could include:

Why are clinical trials important?

It is in everyone’s interest (patients and doctors) to know what’s the best way to treat or prevent a specific illness. That is why we do clinical trials to find out which of the current treatments available work best. And before recommending or prescribing any new treatments, it is important to find out whether they are any more effective than existing treatments and if they cause any side effects. Clinical trials are designed to answer these questions, leading to better health and quality of life for patients. 

Getting involved in clinical trials enables doctors to find to see whether the new methods are effective and safe. Trials are very carefully planned and regulated to ensure that patient safety is at their heart. Without them, there is a risk that people will be given treatments that don’t work, or could even be dangerous. Most NHS treatments have been tested in clinical trials.