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We are a team of surgical investigators who are providing a training and development hub for surgical trialists within the UK. We have an extensive portfolio of surgical trials and welcome expressions of interest from potential new researchers.


SITU is led by Professors Michael Douek (Professor of Surgical Sciences & Breast Cancer, NDS) and David Beard (Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, NDORMS), who are supported by a multidisciplinary team with experience in developing and running surgical trials.

SITU works as part of the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU – directed by Professor Sallie Lamb and Professor Duncan Richards), a UKCRC registered trials unit that provides substantial support from extensive quality assurance and regulatory affairs experience to database and randomisation services.

The SITU trials portfolio is diverse, covering many different themes and research areas. If you are interested in running a trial through SITU, please visit the ‘Develop with us’ section of the SITU website (

Through its association with the Royal College of Surgeons, SITU has a commitment to develop future researchers through its training programmes. If you are interested in finding out more about the training that SITU offers, please email SITU at

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