The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is the hub of activity for translational research within the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM). The unit has eight dedicated research beds, a DXA scanner for body composition and bone density assessment, and a fully resourced laboratory. We also have a fully equipped room to support metabolic studies including ultrasound, use of stable isotope and other equipment facilitating the measurement of a wide range of metabolic profiles.
The unit supports both academic and commercially based studies. Through the combination of highly experienced and skilled staff, alongside cutting-edge facilities, the CRU in OCDEM offers a highly supportive environment, for patients and researcher alike, in which to perform world-leading clinical studies that can begin to make a real difference to patient care.
Currently a total of 45 studies are registered with the unit which are investigating a wide spectrum of research areas across diabetes, endocrinology, lipid metabolism and fatty liver disease.
The CRU is led by a Clinical Director, Professor Fredrik Karpe and staffed by a full time manager (Rachel Franklin) and eight research nurses.