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Useful Links

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway is complemented by other initiatives working to support UK clinical research.

Many of the organisations listed below have supported our work on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway. Whether you’re a patient, member of the public or a health professional, you may find the following links useful.

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Information sources for patients

British Heart Foundation

The charity BHF is Britain’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Cancer Research UK

This charity has a comprehensive database of UK cancer trials, with all information in plain English. You can search for trials that are recruiting, have finished recruiting or have produced results.

Association of Medical Research Charities

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK.

This website provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. Watch, hear or read interviews about people's experiences of a variety of illnesses and health conditions.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

The UK's largest charity for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) – about 100,000 people in the UK. It funds research, runs respite care centres, provides grants, and offers education and training.

NHS Choices

This NHS information service aims to help people take greater control of their healthcare.

People in Research

This website offers opportunities for public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

Services for health professionals

This is a public registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials, conducted in the US and around the world. We use trials data from in the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

Europe PubMed Central

A free information source for biomedical and health researchers.

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

A single system for applying for permissions and approvals for health and social care or community care research in the UK.


This is a UK-based clinical trial registry, accepting all clinical research studies in the UK and around the world. We use trials data from ISRCTN in the UK Clinical Trials Gateway..

NICE evidence search

An index of evidence-based information from hundreds of trustworthy and accredited sources, hosted by NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.


A free, public register of systematic reviews for research around the world. It was started by the NIHR’s Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), which is funded by the Department of Health.

WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform

This platform, part of the World Health Organization, brings together existing trial registries which register studies according to the WHO Trial Registration Data Set. It allows users to search all those registries in one single place.

Collaborations, partnerships and associations

Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

An industry association for the medical technology sector in the UK.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

An industry body representing research-based biopharmaceutical companies.

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

A membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

A working group of general medical journal editors, which meets annually to recommend how scholarly work should be published in clinical journals. All interventional clinical studies must be registered in a public trials registry, before the first patient is enrolled, in order to be published in member journals.

UK Clinical Research Collaboration

The UKRC brings together the NHS, research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia to promote high quality clinical research.

UK public bodies

Human Tissue Authority

The HTA is the regulator for human tissues and organs. It aims to support public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue, for purposes such as research, treatment, post-mortems and teaching.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

A public body which invests in research to improve human health, on behalf of the UK taxpayer.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

An executive agency of the Department of Health, responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe.

Health Research Authority

A public body, established to promote and protect the interests of patients in health research and to streamline the regulation of research.

Regional public bodies


Chief Scientist Office, NHS Scotland

This supports and promotes high-quality research with the aim of improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHS Scotland, and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland.


Health and Care Research Wales

A Welsh Government body that supports and develops research in Wales.

Northern Ireland

HSC Business Services Organisation

This provides a broad range of regional business support functions and specialist professional services to the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.

HSC R&D Division

This is a research and development division of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Other initiatives the NIHR supports


This NIHR programme promotes public involvement in research in the NHS, public health and social care.

James Lind Alliance

This non-profit initiative brings together patients, carers and clinicians to identify the most important ‘unanswered questions’ about treatments, so helping research funders focus on what matters most.

Patients Active in Research

This site promotes partnerships between patients, carers, other members of the public, and medical researchers across the Thames Valley, and includes links to trials.