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The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London

CVCTU Committees

The Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CVCTU) is overseen and directed by a Steering Committee, and adoption of trials onto the CVCTU portfolio is managed by Scientific and Resource Committees. 

Steering Committee

The CVCTU Steering Committee oversees the strategic development, vision and work of the CVCTU, including:

  • Delivery of clinical trials within the cardiovascular field with existing teams at the Barts Heart Centre
  • Promotion of the CVCTU to Investigators within Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London, and wider clinical networks as the CVCTU develops
  • Generation of external grant income to support the CVCTU core team
  • Review of resources and recruitment of staff
  • Oversight of the CVCTU trial portfolio and research management.

Members

Chair  - Professor Amrita Ahluwalia – CVCTU Director
Dr. Sam Mohiddin – Barts NHS Trust clinical expert
Dr Steffen Peterson - BHC Research Director
Dr Dan Jones – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Dr Ajay Gupta – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Dr Vivienne Monk  - CVCTU Manager
Jane Field – CVCTU Clinical Trials Manager
Jackie Cooper – CVCTU Senior Statistician
John Whiteley – Director Strategic Development Delivery, WHRI
Dr David Collier – Director of Barts CTU
Benoit Aigret – Head of Barts CTU
Cheuk Wong – Barts CTU QA Lead

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee will review clinical trials submitted for CVCTU portfolio adoption on scientific excellence, appropriateness of study, capacity and capability. 

Meetings are held bi-monthly, and decision for adoption and CVCTU support of the study (unconditional or conditional) will be made and communicated to the Lead Investigator.

Studies may require further review by the committee if the original submission was an outline funding submission, prior to full funding application.

Members

Chair  - Professor Amrita Ahluwalia – CVCTU Director
Dr David Collier – Director of Barts CTU
Dr Sam Mohiddin – Barts NHS Trust Clinical Expert
Professor Steffen Peterson - BHC Research Director
Dr Dan Jones – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Dr Ajay Gupta – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Jackie Cooper – CVCTU Senior Statistician
Dr Vivienne Monk  - CVCTU Manager

Resource Committee 

The Resource Committee will review studies submitted to the portfolio in terms of resources needed to run and support the study, Risk Assessment, recruitment strategies, study costings, and project accruals. The Resource Committee will assess the study following approval for adoption (as given by the Scientific Committee). The review may be performed remotely via email.

Members

Chair – Dr Vivienne Monk – CVCTU Manager
Jane Field – CVCTU Clinical Trials Manager
Charlotte Saxby - CVCTU Quality Assurance Officer
Natasha Aslam -  CVCTU Trials Coordinator
Jonathan Owens -  CVCTU Database Development Coordinator
Anne Zak – WHRI Heart Centre Nurse Manager

Depending on the trial speciality, a member of the Barts Health NHS Trust Trials team for either Intervention or Electrophysiology will attend this meeting.

If you are interested in seeking our advice or collaborating with us on a study, please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone or email. You can find more details on the ‘Collaborate with CVCTU’ tab.