The Types of Research Run at LICTR

The main types of research carried out at LICTR are:

  1. Cancer
  2. Complex Interventions
  3. Surgical Interventions Diagnostics and Devices (SIDD)
  4. Methodological

All of these research areas carry out a wide range of different projects, from small projects trying to find out if a bigger project is feasible (called a pilot study) to larger projects carried out across multiple countries (called international studies).
If you are interested to know about the research conducted in a certain topic area area you can visit our Research Index to find information on the research we run.

Cancer Research

We carry out ‘early’ and ‘late’ phase cancer trials.
Our work in early phase cancer looks at how effective different cancer treatments are, as well as their side effects. Our work in late phase cancer involves large randomised controlled trials, which compare two or more treatments. Our trials use innovative approaches to answer important research questions and to provide important evidence for the NHS.

Complex Interventions Research

In health research we use the term ‘intervention’ to describe anything which is put in place to try and improve things of patients and / or staff. For example, drugs, vaccines or NHS services. A ‘complex intervention’ is made of different components which interact with each other. For example, counselling or a patient education programme could both be complex interventions. Our work in complex intervention research spans several different topic areas including care homes and older people, diet obesity and lifestyle, mental health, global health and gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. IBS).

Surgical Interventions Diagnostic and Devices (SIDD) Research

Our work in SIDD focuses on trials in surgery, diagnostics (e.g. new tests) and medical devices (e.g. wearable glucose monitors). Our work spans a number of clinical topics including skin, cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessels), and musculoskeletal (e.g. arthritis).

Methodological Research

Methodological research means projects which look at how to do research better. We do methodological research across all of our divisions. For example, projects looking at how to analyse trials, how we run trials and how best to engage with patients and the public.

Trials at CTRU

If you are interested to know about the research conducted in a certain topic area area you can visit our Research Index to find information on the research we run.