North West London Clinical Trials Alliance launches
A new collaboration between clinical trial teams in north west London has been announced today (14 September), that aims to improve access to and the quality of clinical research in the region.
Clinical research facilities (CRFs), primary care networks (PCNs) and the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North West London, have all joined the alliance, which will be dedicated to delivering co-ordinated clinical trials and effectively utilising existing, purpose-designed facilities to deliver both early and late-phase trials.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, clinical research teams across north west London joined together to respond collaboratively to the research need. The teams co-ordinated across the different facilities, meaning that research studies could be shared out more effectively and appropriately, resulting in evidence that could inform national guidelines and policy more quickly.
Dr Suki Balendra, Life Sciences Lead at the CRN North West London, said:
“Since the start of the pandemic we have recruited over 80,000 participants into 65 COVID related studies.
“During the pandemic North West London understood the urgency. We were willing to take risks and we knew the only way to deliver would be together.
“The alliance was a result of all the above. The alliance now is a great opportunity for us to learn the lessons of this success and bottling the formula we have developed to tackle COVID and applying it for other disease areas.”