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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 of the Steering Committee include: 

Chair - Professor Amrita Ahluwalia – CVCTU Director
Dr Dan Jones – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Dr Ajay Gupta – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer
Anna Bellin  - CVCTU Trials Manager
Tom Godec – CVCTU Senior Statistician
John Whiteley – Director, Strategic Development & Delivery
Dr David Collier – Deputy Director of Barts CTU

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 the full funding application.

Members of the Scientific Committee include: 

Chair  - Professor Amrita Ahluwalia – CVCTU Director
Dr David Collier – Deputy 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 - Clinical Lead for Intervention Studies
Dr Ajay Gupta – CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer - Clinical lead for Prevention Studies
Tom Godec – CVCTU Senior Statistician
Anna Bellin - CVCTU Trials Manager
Barts CTU representative

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 of the resource committee include: 

Chair – Anna Bellin – CVCTU Trials Manager
Marian Benford – Clinical Trial Quality Manager
Victoria Hammond – CVCTU Clinical Trials Coordinator
Shahara Rouf – CVCTU Clinical Trials Monitor
Vivienne Monk – WHRI CRC Manager
CVCTU Database Development

Barts CTU Committee 

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

Further information