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Scottish Cancer Research Network - North (SCRN-N)

Information on clinical trials available in the North of Scotland and links to further information for patients and professionals.

About Cancer Clinical Trials

The Scottish Cancer Research Network - North (SCRN-N) was established in 2003 and covers NHS Grampian and NHS Highland. Dr Leslie Samuel (Consultant Clinical Oncologist, NHS Grampian) is the Clinical Lead for the SCRN-N and Dr Kirsty Shearer is the Network Manager. 

Within the network, there are a number of highly trained medical professionals who work together to deliver a wide variety of services including medical, nursing, radiography, bio-chemistry, pharmacy, data management and administration for Oncology, Haematology and Children's Oncology.


The SCRN-N's main objective is to increase the numbers of patients participating in cancer clinical trials and promote equity of access for all cancer patients in the North of Scotland. To achieve this there is a network of Oncologists, Research Nurses and Data Managers in NHS Grampian and NHS Highland, who work together to run a variety of trials in different disease areas. 


Combined; NHS Grampian and NHS Highland have a population of approximately 1 million people covering an area of around 3,000 square miles in Grampian and 20,000 square miles in Highland.

Cancer incidence is increasing year on year due to population growth and increased life expectancy.  In Scotland over a 10 year period from 2003 – 2013 the number of cancer diagnoses in Scotland has risen from 27,095 to 31,013 (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers; data from ISD).  It is predicted that the new number of cancer cases per year will rise at 8% per year to 2020 (ISD data). 


The SCRN-N is supported by a number of different partners including:

Information for patients

The NHS Choices website has some useful information on the use of Clinical Trials. Further information on available cancer Clinical Trials in the UK is available from the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) website. Some results from previous trials in the North is available here.

General information on Cancer Clinical Trials is available from partner organisations listed below:

Macmillan Cancer Support - Cancer Clinical Trials
Maggies Centres - How We Can Help
Cancer Research UK
NHS Choices - Clinical Trials
Clic Sargent
NHS Highland Cancer Services
UCAN - Urological Cancers
Independent Cancer Patients Voice

Information for healthcare professionals

NHS Grampian's Research and Development department host a range of training courses and events including GCP training for staff. Please visit their website for further information.

Standard Operating Procedures covering the governance of clinical trials in NHS Grampian is available here. An archive of previous SCRN-N SOPs is also available here.

Further useful resources for healthcare professionals regarding clinical trials is available from the partner organisations listed below:

Cancer Quality Performance Indicators
NHS Chief Scientist Office
EDGE - Research Management System
Information Services Division - Scotland
IRAS - Integrated Research Application System
National Cancer Research Institute
NCRI Clinical Studies Group
NCRI - Portfolio Maps
NHS Grampian - Research & Development Department
NHS Highland - Research & Development Department
NHS Research Scotland
Scottish Health Innovations Limited
UK Clinical Research Collaboration

Contact SCRN-N

The North team is based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).  Please contact the team using the details below should you have any questions about the network, cancer clinical trials or research.  

Research Network Manager 
Email Dr Kirsty Shearer
(work days Mon - Thurs)

Trials Administrator
Email Claire Foster
(Work days Mon-Fri until 14:30)


NRS Cancer Research, Network Office, Research Corridor, Ward 310

Orange Zone, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen

AB25 2ZN