Clinical Research Centre

The Clinical Research Centre is a state-of-the-art research facility providing space, equipment and staff to support our researchers of all clinical professions and our industry partners in delivering high quality clinical research in Tayside.

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Clinical Research Centre
James Arrott Drive
Ninewells Hospital Dundee

Ninewells Campus
Group or department


 Our mission is to provide an environment and infrastructure which promotes high-quality research both inside and outside the centre.

The Centre represents an exceptional collaboration between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside made possible with strong support from the Scottish Government, particularly the Chief Scientist Office. The CRC facilitates local expertise and provides dedicated support for research.

How can the Clinical Research Centre support your research?

It is a hub for clinical trial activity, with links to satellite units elsewhere in Tayside, Fife and Perth. With dedicated space and staff, set within a patient-orientated, comfortable environment the Clinical Research Centre is uniquely placed to support researchers and industry partners within Tayside.

Clinical Research Centre staff support

Research nurses

We can provide dedicated specialist research nurses with the essential skills and experience for your study needs.  The nursing team will ensure standard operating procedures are in place and conduct research in compliance with Good Clinical Practice and the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) 2004 Regulations.

Administration staff

We have full-time reception staff to provide a warm welcome for patients and visitors, ensuring access is monitored for safety and security. The administration team can help facilitate your study, providing efficient and effective administrative and practical support at every stage of your study.

Pharmacy staff

Our on-site pharmacy is a satellite of Ninewells Hospital’s Clinical Trials Pharmacy (NHS) and is fully supported by the clinical trials pharmacist team.

Laboratory staff

We have a dedicated entry on ground level which provides a comfortable and airy reception to welcome patients and visitors.  This area can also be used for occasional meetings or seminars.

CRC facilities


We have a dedicated entry on ground level which provides a comfortable and airy reception to welcome patients and visitors.  This area can also be used for occasional meetings or seminars.

Clinical suite

Our clinical suite includes:

  • 6 consulting rooms all with NHS PCs
  • 6 treatment chair bays
  • 2 bed intensive studies room for overnight studies
  • Category 2 suite

Piped medical gases and suction are available in all clinical areas as well as nurse call and emergency buzzers.  CCTV monitoring is also available.

Administration suite

The administration suite comprises office space to accommodate the administration team and quiet, write-up areas available for researchers and monitors.

The bright and spacious meeting room, with AV equipment, is ideal for training seminars as well as for business meetings.

Sample processing room

The sample processing laboratory is fully equipped with centrifuges, ice maker, fridge and freezers.  A separate freezer store houses a number of -80º freezers. All fridges and freezers have electronic temperature logging and alarm call-out systems.


We have an on-site pharmacy for clinical trial product preparation and dispensing under the control and direction of the Ninewells Hospital NHS clinical trials pharmacist.

Record storage

Clinical trial documentation is stored securely in our records store for the duration of your study.  Long term off-site archiving of study documentation can also be arranged.

Applying to and Working with the Clinical Research Centre

As an NHS Tayside and University of Dundee joint development, researchers may be either hospital clinicians (consultants, registrars, nurses, physiotherapists, or AHPs) or University academics (professors, lecturers or research fellows).

These individuals may carry out research funded from a variety of sources, including research councils, charities and industry. We welcome approaches from industry to provide support for clinical trials, as well as assisting with collaborative projects.  Clinical studies or clinical trials may be led by a local researcher or part of a multicentre project.