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Southampton Clinical Trials Unit

Professor Gareth Griffiths BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Clinical Trials, Director of the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit

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Professor Gareth Griffiths is Professor of Clinical Trials within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Professor Griffiths was appointed to the Chair of Clinical Trials and Director of the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit in July 2014. Having graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences (joint statistics and biology) at Reading University, a MSc in Statistics in applications in Medicine at Southampton University and later a Phd in bladder cancer clinical trials at Cardiff University, has spent the majority of his career in the area of clinical trials. He has held the position of senior statistician/scientific lead at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, London, Director of the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR - Wales) Cancer Registered Research Group and Director and founder of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit in Cardiff before his current appointment at Southampton University.

Professor Griffiths is the Director of the UKCRC registered Southampton Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) which is based within the Faculty of Medicine. Southampton CTU is Cancer Research UK (CRUK) core funded and receives National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical trials unit support funding.

Qualifications

BSc in Biological Sciences, Reading University 1993
MSc in Statistics with applications in medicine, Southampton University 1994
Phd in bladder cancer clinical trials, Cardiff University 2013

Appointments held

Present Director of the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit
Professor of Clinical trials
2005 – 2014 Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit
2000 – 2005 Scientific lead/Senior Medical Statistician, Medical Research Council’s Clinical Trials Unit
1996 – 2000 Medical Statistician, Medical Research Council’s Clinical Trials Unit
1994 – 1996 Statistician Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust
Also April 2010 to July 2014, Director of the NISCHR Cancer Registered Research Group

Research interests

Professor Griffiths’s area of expertise and research is in the area of clinical trials. His Clinical Trials Unit undertakes research in cancer and non-cancer, using clinical trials, and other well design studies, to investigate new interventions (drug and non-drug).

Within cancer his interests lie in cancer therapies (including novel agents), primary care oncology and supportive care. Professor Griffiths is internationally recognised in the area of bladder cancer clinical trials and nationally in upper gastro-intestinal cancer and palliative and supportive care. Professor Griffiths has been involved in the development of over 40 clinical trials (phase I/II-III) and associated studies and has represented CRUK on numerous occasions at national and international meetings (e.g. US National Institute of Health in developing global trials in rare cancers) and have lead statistical task forces to advise CRUK funding committees on appropriate clinical trials designs to fund.

Research group

Cancer Sciences

Research project(s)

Chinese Herbal medicine to aid AnTibiotic use reduction in exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Faculty of Medicine

Director of the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit
Member of the Cancer Research UK Centre Executive Group
Member of the Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research

National and International responsibilities

Member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Supportive and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group (CSG)
Member of the NCRI Screening Prevention and Early Diagnosis Group
Member of the UKCRC Clinical Trials Unit Director group
Member of the CR UK Clinical Trials Unit Director group

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Professor Gareth Griffiths
Phone: 02381 206184
Email: G.O.Griffiths@soton.ac.uk

Room Number: SGH/131

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