Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group

Welcome to the Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group (CTPS) at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. The group forms part of the University’s flagship Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED), focusing on the development, testing and evaluation of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and preventative approaches.

In addition, areas of our work connect researchers, expertise and activity across both ITSMed and the University’s Institute for Health and Community (IHC) and Cognition Institute (CI), to investigate and evaluate treatments and preventative approaches across the healthcare sector.

Professor Adrian Taylor

CTPS group lead


Our research

The Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group (CTPS) hosts: 

  • Large epidemiological studies and trials from cancer to multiple sclerosis, mental health to diabetes, Parkinson’s disease to dementia and health improvement through behaviour change, diet and exercise, smoking cessation and interventions to address alcohol and substance misuse.
  • Our high-impact, interdisciplinary Community and Primary Care Research Group, working in Public Health research as part of the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC).
  • The UKCRC registered Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU).


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