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RVI Clinical Research Unit (RVRU)

The RVI Clinical Research Unit (RVRU) is located in the Leazes Wing of the Royal Victoria Infirmary. It is aEntrance to CRF collaboration between Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The facility was opened in April 2005 by Professor Dame Sally Davies. The Unit Director for RVRU is Prof. Wan-Fai Ng. He is expert in Sjögren’s syndrome, fatigue and digital endpoints, and he had led many experimental medicine studies and early phase clinical trials in these research areas. Professor Mark Walker, Professor of Molecular Diabetic Medicine, was the Director of NCRF until his semi-retirement in 2021. He leads on our Phase 1 study strategy with Co-Director Dr. Simon Hill, Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist and Toxicologist.

The Clinical Research Unit’s highly-trained staff are capable of setting up, negotiating and delivering all phases of clinical trials in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Standards.

The RVRU is one of a number of facilities available for commercial use at Newcastle University. A full list of University Research Facilities can be found on the Services for Business website.