Clinical Trial Unit
The Clinical Trial Unit at Haukeland University Hospital consists of a section for adults and a section for children. The unit is organised in the Department of Research & Development, but closely linked to the Department of Paediatrics as well as to several major clinical departments in the university hospital. Haukeland University Hospital has built new infrastructure and made it possible to participate in both national and international clinical trials of children and adults.
Clinical trial unit for adults
New drugs have, up to now, mainly been tested in adult subjects and great parts of medical treatment of children have not been based on controlled clinical trials in children. This is most unfortunate, since children should not to be viewed as small adults, but often has different distribution, decomposition and excretion of some important drugs compared to adults. Recently the European Medicines Agency (EMA) demands that all new drugs that also are intended for children must be tested in children. To our best knowledge we believe this unit is the only one of its kind in the Nordic countries. The clinical trial unit for children perform an increasingly number of clinical trials after it was established in March 2007.
ServicesThe clinical trial unit gives priority to studies of human pharmacotherapy in early phases conducted by researchers with connection to the university hospital or the university. The unit also conducts clinical trials for external clients, and in particular pharmaceutical industry. The research co-ordinators are highly motivated and experienced special nurses with intensive care, oncology and paediatric background. Sample and patient handling and logistics together with CRF support is our main focus together with training of other personnel in Good Clinical Practice and support in study planning and application preparation to local ethical committee and Norwegian Medicines Agency. Our CTU is affiliated to European clinical infrastructure networks (NorCRIN, EATRIS) as well as national networks (Oslo Cancer Cluster).
The clinical trial unit receives inquiries from researchers who need help in all phases of clinical trials and provide consulting on the design of the protocol, applications to the pharmaceutical company, application to the Ethics Committee, Norwegian Medicines Agency and the Civil Ombudsman and a direct contribution to the completion of selected studies.
Ordinary hospital visiting hours are between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
Most departments are also able to welcome visitors outside these times. We ask that visitors show consideration for other patients by going to the day room, for example.
If the patient is not able to leave the room, we kindly ask for you to arrange in advance with the staff for visits outside the regular visiting hours.
All patients and visitors can use free wireless internet in most areas of the hospital.
Gjest.ihelse.net is a wireless network for visitors, patients and staff.
How to connect to our guest network:
- Connect to the wireless guest network (gjest.ihelse.net)
- A browser should open automatically. (If the login window does not appear, try to open the browser manually).
- Read the terms carefully.
- Press "Accept" when you have read and understood the terms.
The login takes place automatically on units after the first login, as long as the account is active. It will only be necessary to log in once per unit per 31 days.