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Name of organisation NHS Grampian R&D
Population 500K
Annual in patient visits 150K
Annual out patient visits 530K
R&D Director Professor Seshadri Vasan
Address Foresterhill House Annexe, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZB
Telephone 01224 551121
Web NHS Grampian R&D

The North node is formed of NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, and NHS Western Isles, and is managed from the R&D Office in NHS Grampian. This node takes the lead on an efficient permissions system by hosting the NRS Permissions Coordinating Centre.

The goal of NHS Grampian R&D is to support and promote high-quality clinical research for the health benefits of our population and to enable Scotland to deliver world-class health outcomes.

For those who wish to set up new clinical research projects, we provide a streamlined support service from study inception to study closedown, including help with writing funding application, protocols, and necessary approvals.

We ensure all research is conducted to a high scientific, ethical and financial standard for both commercial and non-commercial research and help our researchers meet research governance and regulatory requirements.

We provide fully trained experienced research nurses and administration support, study support facilitators and appropriate research facilities/resources including training, a Clinical Trials Pharmacy, Research Imaging Platforms, Biorepository and Safehaven.

Dedicated Clinical Research Facilities are available in the Clinical Research Facility (CRF), housed in the Health Sciences Building (HSB) and also in a variety of clinical settings in the main hospital complex. These facilities support research in some high activity specialities including oncology, haematology, cardiology, orthopaedics, diabetes, rheumatology, clinical pharmacology, connective tissue disease, cardiovascular/stroke, paediatrics’ and mental health

Eligible studies have access to a cohort of trained research nurses based in these CRFs.

NHS Grampian R&D is also committed to improving public awareness and involvement in clinical research, as part of an ongoing collaborative project.

We have created a website to help promote awareness – – and are working to supporting and promoting patient and public involvement in research. 


Support to researchers and partners is provided in every activity during the lifetime of a clinical research project:

 Set Up
  • Regulatory submission – REC; MHRA; ARSAC
  • Infrastructure support – CRF, Imaging, Safe Haven, Biorepository, CRF/Ecrf Design
  • IMP
  • Trial master file set up
  • DSMC.
 Data Management
  • Recruitment reporting
  • Data entry
  • Data queries
  • SAE resolution
  • Database lock
  • Statistical analyses.
  • Risk assessment
  • Sponsorship
  • Feasibility
  • Costing
  • Protocol development
  • Analytical plan.
 Study Conduct
  • Screening
  • Recruitment tracking
  • Randomisation
  • Data collection
  • Protocol amendment
  • Trial monitoring
  • IMP accountability
  • Pharmacovigilance.


End of Trial

  • Site close out
  • End of trial
  • Notification
  • IMP reconciliation
  • TMF audit
  • Archiving
  • Publication.


Key R&D contacts

Senior Research and Development Manager

Dr Susan Ridge

01224 553728

Non-commercial Research Manager

Dr Susan Ridge

01224 553728

Head of Commercial Services, R&D

Dr Alison Stewart

01224 554958

CRF Manager

Dr Mariella D’Alessandro

01224 554051

Research Governance Manager

Louise King

Pathology archive
Safe haven

Clinical trials pharmacy
Project Management

Commercial -

Non-commercial -

Clinical Trials Unit