Clinical trial organisations

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Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK was formed in February 2002 from the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) and The Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF). It is the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

Cancer Research UK funds doctors and scientists in hospitals, universities and research institutes across the UK. This includes research from causes to treatment, as well as prevention and screening. The Centre for Drug Development (CDD) also develops and assesses new treatments for patients with cancer.

The Cancer Research UK website includes lots of easy to understand information about cancer, as well as a database of clinical trials.

You can email or call the Information Nurses if you would like to talk about clinical trials or cancer generally, or to discuss a specific trial on our database.

2 Redman Place
E20 1JQ
Phone: 0300 123 1022

Cancer Research UK Information Nurses
Feedback form: Send a question about cancer
Freephone: 0808 800 40 40

Experimental Cancer Medicines Centre (ECMC) Network

The ECMC network aims to bring together cancer doctors, research nurses and scientists to make clinical trials of new treatments quicker, easier and safer. There are 20 centres across the UK that are all involved with clinical trials of experimental treatments and tests.

The ECMC initiative was set up in 2007 and is funded by Cancer Research UK and the Departments of Health of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The centres use the money to run trials of new and experimental treatments. They also analyse thousands of blood and tissue samples (biopsies) to help find out more about how treatments work and what happens to cancer cells.

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Medical Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council is a national organisation funded by the UK Government. They work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and other organisations. They fund research in all areas of health care, including cancer. Their research ranges from laboratory work to clinical trials with patients.

Phone: 01793 416200

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is mainly funded by the Government through the Department of Health and Social Care.

They provide the staff, facilities and technology to help the research process. They work in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public. Their aim is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.


National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)

The National Cancer Research Institute was set up in 2001. It is a partnership between the UK government, charities and industry. The aim of the NCRI is to oversee and coordinate cancer research in the UK. And to continue to improve the quality and relevance of cancer research.

Phone: 020 3469 8798

NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is funded by the NIHR. It is a national research programme that helps assess tests and treatments to see how good and how cost effective they are. The HTA funds research and clinical trials in all areas of healthcare including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.


Health talk Online website

The cancer section of this website contains video and audio clips of people with several types of cancer, so that you can share in their stories.


International organisations

European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

The EORTC was founded in 1962 to improve the standard of cancer treatment in Europe. They fund research into cancer, including the development of new drugs. They also fund and co-ordinate a large number of clinical trials across Europe.
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The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT)

The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) started in 1974 in Holland. Their aim is to bring together doctors treating patients with bone marrow transplants, to share experiences and work together. They also fund research. They have offices in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and France.

Phone: 0207 188 8402

International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP)

The International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) is a database of information about cancer research that is funded by organisations in the UK and other countries. It was set up in 2003 to help researchers find information about current cancer research projects. Members of the public can also look at the information on the ICRP website, but it tends to be written for medical professionals.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is an American organisation that carries out cancer research. They fund laboratory research and clinical trials for cancer patients in the US and around the world. They provide information about cancer and its treatments in English and Spanish.


Trials organisations working with specific cancers

There are organisations below that are involved in research for

Bowel (colorectal) cancer

Guts UK

Guts UK (used to be called CORE) is a charity that supports research into a large range of digestive disorders, including cancer. They also produce information for patients.

Phone: 020 7486 0341

The Bobby Moore Fund

The Bobby Moore Fund raises money for research into bowel cancer. They aim to raise awareness of symptoms so that people are diagnosed earlier.

Phone: 0870 609 1966

Brain Tumours

The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is the result of a merger in March 2013 of The Brain Tumour Charity (which use to be Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust), Brain Tumour UK and The Joseph Foote Trust.

The Brain Tumour Charity funds research into brain tumours and offers support and information to those affected. It also raises awareness and influences policy.

Helpline: 0808 800 0004

Breast cancer

Breast Cancer Now

A UK wide organisation that funds research into breast cancer and campaigns for better treatments and services. They have their own research centre within the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey. They also offer support and information for people affected by breast cancer.

Phone: 0808 800 6000  

Breast International Group (BIG)

Breast International Group (BIG) was founded in 1996 by a group of breast cancer specialists and is based in Belgium. They share knowledge and information about research and clinical trials and aim to speed up recruitment onto clinical trials. They fund and co-ordinate breast cancer trials to improve treatments and quality of life.

Phone: +32 2 486 16 00

Leukaemia and lymphoma


Bloodwise raises money for research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. They also provide information and support and produce information booklets

Phone: 0808 2080 888

Lung cancer

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This organisation, founded in Roy Castle's memory, funds research into lung cancer and provides support for those affected. Their two main areas of research are early detection of lung cancer and improving the patient experience

Phone: 0333 323 720


Myeloma UK

Myeloma UK (previously the International Myeloma Foundation UK) fund research looking at patient care and treatments for myeloma. They provide information and support for patients and their families.  They also produce booklets and have details of myeloma support groups in the UK

Phone: 0131 557 3332
Freephone: 0800 980 3332

UK Myeloma Forum

The UK Myeloma Forum (UKMF) develops and promotes clinical trials for myeloma. They also develop guidelines for treatment and provide information for patients and health care professionals

Email via website:
Phone: 020 7955 2031

Prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK fund research focussing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments. They provide information and support for patients with prostate cancer. They have a helpline and information about support groups, and produce leaflets for patients.

Email via website:
Helpline: 0800 074 8383

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