School of Biosciences and Medicine

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Discover more about the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (DECM), which has the infrastructure and expertise to support research.

Our spectrum of research ranges from first use of molecules in man (Phase I trials) through to real-world evidence studies using routinely collected data. 

Professor Simon de Lusignan heads the Department and is delighted to follow up opportunities to collaborate or lead research studies in our areas of expertise.  

We have strong connections to the NHS, particularly through Surrey Health Partners (SHP) and its Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs).

Research infrastructure

Clinical Research Centre (CRC) and Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

We have a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Phase 1 trials.

We are happy to host Phase I studies lead from within or outside the University. The CRC can also manage Phase 2 and 3 trials.

Learn more about the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) and Clinical Research Facilitiy (CRF) .

Clinical Trials Unit

We are in the probationary period of the Surrey CTU. We are delighted to support a wide range of trials and studies.

Explore our Clinical Trials Unit (CTU).

Secure infrastructure (NHSnet connected)

For surveillance, quality improvement and research.


Sleep and chronobiology

We have world-leading researchers and research infrastructure.


We are home to the Surrey Cancer Research Institute (SCRI). Our oncology section produces high-quality research outputs.


We have advanced expertise in diabetes, including a Real-World Evidence centre.

Primary care and clinical informatics

Much of our research is around using computerised medical records (CMR) for surveillance, quality improvement and research.

We are the data and analytics hub for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC). We also have expertise in quality improvement.

Other expertise

We have a range of other expertise including:

  • Ophthalmology
  • DNA ageing
  • Critical care
  • Hepatology
  • Surgery

Sections in the Department

Head of Department

Name Role
Professor Simon de Lusignan Professor of Primary Care & Clinical Informatics / Chair in Health Care Management / Head of the Section of Clinical Medicine and Ageing