Central Unit for Clinical Trials

We integrate research and care, an opportunity for our patients

The aim of the Central Unit for Clinical Trials is to integrate clinical research into the Clinic's regular healthcare activity, as well as to reduce the administrative time limits needed before trials can be launched.

The structure and technological equipment of the Clinic are fundamental in order to be able to undertake the implementation of high-level clinical trials. 

Clinical trials make it easier for patients to access new drugs and treatments that they would not otherwise be able to obtain, always guaranteeing patient safety and the most rigorous ethical control. 

The Unit is conceived as a centralised structure that provides management support to all the clinical departments within the institution, in order to enable medical researchers to dedicate their time and resources to their scientific work.

The Unit has a team of qualified professionals made up of trial management staff and specialised healthcare professionals who provide comprehensive care to the patients involved  in the studies.

It is part of NCTN (National Clinical Trials Network funded by ISCIII).

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Learn about the activity of the Central Unit for Clinical Trials

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The Clinic is the private centre that promotes the largest number of clinical trials in Spain. Every year it launches around 70 new clinical research projects.

Currently, the Central Unit for Clinical Trials manages more than 300 clinical trials in 25 medical specialities.

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In clinical trials, there are inclusion and exclusion criteria established that describe who can and cannot participate.

The basic factors that condition participation in a trial are:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Type of illness
  • Phase of the disease
  • History of previous treatment
  • Other medical conditions

This prevents patients from receiving treatment that could harm them, since not all trials are suitable for all patients. A trial may be safe for one patient, but not for another with the same diagnosis.

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En la Clínica, la seguridad del paciente es la prioridad máxima en los ensayos clínicos. Todos los estudios de investigación deben seguir un proceso riguroso de revisión y supervisión.

La Clínica Universidad de Navarra cumple los estándares sobre investigación en seres humanos establecidos por la Joint Commission International (JCI).

El cumplimiento de la legalidad vigente y los procedimientos de trabajo que se siguen en la Clínica, aseguran un control adecuado y la dotación de los recursos necesarios para llevar a cabo las actividades de investigación, con los más altos niveles de compromiso con la calidad y la ética. 

One team, two headquarters

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  • Three medical coordinators.
  • A management and administration manager.
  • A research support staff coordinator.
  • Ten study coordinators (four of them are nurses)
  • Five Research Assistants.
  • Managers for the administrative and economic follow-up of the projects.
  • Two secretaries.
  • A quality technician.
  • A clinical trial monitor.
  • A biostatistics technician.
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UCEC | Madrid Location

  • Two medical coordinators.
  • A management and administration manager.
  • Four test coordinators.
  • A clinical trial nurse.
  • A research assistant.

Supporting areas of research

All the technology and human resources of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra are at the service of research and at the service of our patients