Celebrating decade of research at CRC

l-r CRC senior clinical research nurses Lesley Young, Shona Murray, Jackie Duff and Lawrie MacDougall with clinical research nurse manager Kay Walker

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Ninewells celebrated its tenth anniversary with an open day for staff and the public.

Based at Ninewells, the Clinical Research Centre – Tayside is a partnership between NHS Tayside and University of Dundee.

Staff, researchers and patients at the state-of the-art centre spoke about their work in helping to improve treatments and management of a range of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart, lung and liver diseases.

Ricky Verrall, Head of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, joined NHS Tayside and Dundee University staff for a tour of the CRC’s cutting-edge technology, including its MRI and PET CT scanner-equipped Imaging Suite.

Opened in 2008 by Nicola Sturgeon, the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, the CRC provides a centre of excellence for medical study and a hub for clinical trial activity.

Lesley Peebles, Co-Director of the Clinical Research Centre Tayside, said, “The past ten years has seen some major advances in medical science thanks to the work carried out here.

“Thousands of people from across Tayside have taken part in large important studies, such as The Scottish Family Health Study and the Early Cancer Detection Lung Study, as well as complex clinical trials of new, potentially life-changing medicines and interventional procedures.

“That work is only possible thanks to the patients and public who support us and we were keen to highlight the importance that they play in our work at this event.”

Supported by the Chief Scientist Office, Health Science Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, the Centre links with satellite units elsewhere in Tayside and Fife and has supported more than 200 clinical trials into a range of conditions, including dementia, cancer, stroke, inflammatory and respiratory conditions.

An integral part of the Tayside Medical Sciences Centre (TASC), the facility combines clinical and academic expertise with public engagement to support key Scottish Government healthcare initiatives.

Monday’s anniversary celebration also coincided with International Clinical Trials Day, which commemorates the first ever ‘controlled’ trial by the Scottish physician James Lind, whose 1747 study aboard a Royal Navy ship led to the identification of a treatment for scurvy.

Lesley Peebles cut the celebration cake watched by Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Gary Mires, Ricky Verrall and Co-Director of the Clinical Research Centre Professor Sally Ibbotson

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