Clinical Research Facility

andrew woodhead with cengiz tarhanThe Stanmore Clinical Research Facility (SCRF) was officially opened on the 18th January 2007 by the Chairman Donald Hoodless, OBE of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

SCRF provides specialist clinical research facilities in a partnership between UCL Business and the RNOH. It is the latest to join the network of clinical trial facilities owned by University College London (UCL) in partnership with NHS Trusts in London. They offer state-of-the-art clinical research facilities for conducting specialist academic clinical research and commercial clinical trials.

The SCRF is open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and the consulting rooms are available for use outside normal working hours (by arrangement). The facility is also available for patients who require a bone density scan.

The SCRF is closely associated with the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS) at UCL which is based on the RNOH site at Stanmore. IOMS undertakes world-renowned translational research in neuromusculoskeletal indications working closely with clinicians at the RNOH NHS Trust. In this context SCRF offers a high quality research environment for clinical trials with dedicated facilities for quantitative patient assessment including RSA, DXA, pQCT and quantitative motion analysis.

The clinical team outside the Clinical Research FacilityProfessor Ferguson-Pell, Director of Research and Development at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, welcomed the opening of SCRF stating "RNOH is keen to undertake clinical research such as that planned for SCRF. The information from these studies ensures that clinicians and patients have reliable information about the effectiveness of new orthopaedic treatments, for the management of major healthcare challenges such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis".

Funding for the SCRF was provided by UCL Business. The RSA suite was provided by a generous donation from Dr Jim Marshall, who is the legendary designer of Marshall Amplifiers which have been used by rock legends such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix and were featured in the movie "Spinal Tap".

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