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About us

The Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) is team of surgical investigators which will act as a training and development hub for surgical trialists within the UK. Our directors are Professor Freddie Hamdy, Nuffield Professor of Surgery and Professor David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Working as part of the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU – Directed by Professor Sallie Lamb and Professor Doug Altman) we aim to be a centre of excellence for the design and management of surgical trials, welcoming surgical trials which aim to answer important problems in the UK and worldwide.

SITU Mailing list

If you would like to hear more about the events organised by SITU, important surgical research news and other information relevant to researchers, please join the SITU mailing list by clicking on the link below:

SITU Mailing List

SITU's Strategic aims and objectives

  • To work with and encourage researchers in the design of randomised clinical trials using novel approaches for evaluating surgical interventions
  • To provide trials unit support in the coordination, management and delivery of innovative trials for researchers with surgical interest in all specialties 
  • To operate to high standards of quality and performance, reflected in the quality of published research
  • To support translational research by the development of pilot studies evaluating new technology or interventions leading to randomised phase III/IV clinical trials
  • To provide expertise, training and development to researchers involved in surgical clinical trials from experienced researchers and clinical research trialists
  • To provide guidance and support to surgical specialist researchers to develop and conduct clinical trials in their area of expertise, ensuring trials are conducted to ICH GCP and relevant legal and regulatory standards