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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform

With more advances in cystic fibrosis care and treatment than ever before, and a host of new treatments in the pipeline, this is an exciting time for the cystic fibrosis community. However, a lack of capacity and awareness of clinical trials is preventing people with cystic fibrosis from having timely access to cutting-edge therapies and treatments.

What is it?

The Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform is a UK-wide initiative to bring together cystic fibrosis (CF) centres, to increase participation and improve delivery of and equity of access to CF clinical trials in the UK. We are building a network of CF centres that will collectively lead in the delivery of high-impact clinical trials. Each participating centre will be awarded funding for a Trial Coordinator to provide much-needed extra capacity to support the delivery of CF clinical trials.

Creating capacity

We know that boosting capacity for clinical trials in the UK is essential to prove the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, and to make them available as quickly as possible. From speaking to clinical professionals across the UK, we also understand how time-consuming facilitating trials is, in a system that is already over-stretched. That is why the Trials Accelerator aims to support centres by adding capacity as well as providing a national coordinating role within the Trust.

Because of the huge cost, we are unable to fund late-stage trials directly. However, we do fund some early-stage pilot studies and as part of our new Research Strategy we are making strategic investments to increase research capacity in cystic fibrosis clinics. We are also working to better inform clinical trials through our UK CF Registry.


Over to you...

The success of the Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform will only be possible with your support. By getting involved in all aspects of clinical trials, you can help ensure everyone with CF can get faster access to better treatments.

Application process for centres

The second call for applications is now open. Find out more and apply now.


How do they work?

Ever wondered how clinical trials work? You'll find everything you need to know on our process page, along with information on key phrases.

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Want to find out more?

Have a look at some useful clinical trials resources, from podcasts to getting involed in research surveys.

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Active trials

We are in the process of creating a trials database specific to the UK CF community. In the meantime you can search for active trials using the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

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