About us


The Bay of Plenty Clinical Trials Unit (BOP CTU) was established in 2009 and is a self-funding unit within the Bay of Plenty Clinical School Charitable Trust. The Clinical Trials Unit operates through an independent charitable research trust and all funds raised through trials and research are used to support clinical training and research initiatives throughout the region. The Clinical Trials Unit is the entry point for the approval of all research at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

The Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has an experienced research team with a proven track record. It employs a Head of School, an experienced research manager, and a research assistant. The Clinical Trials Unit is also fortunate to be able to utilise the skills of the BOP Clinical School Business Manager who works closely with the Head of School. The highly experienced Clinical Trials Unit research nurses coordinate trials with the Bay of Plenty DHB's extensive pool of clinical specialists (Tauranga and Whakatane).  The facility is based on the Tauranga Hospital Campus, however the Unit also has access to the patient population for Whakatane Hospital, which substantially increases the potential patient numbers.

The CTU undertakes clinical trials and research for a variety of pharmaceutical and device companies and research projects. The majority of the trials are multi-centre, international, pharmaceutical studies; with recent studies having been in the fields of oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, urology, respiratory, cardiology and original research.

Professor Peter Gilling heads the Clinical School and the Clinical Trials Unit. Peter became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1991 and has significant research experience, primarily as principal investigator in both national and international trials - both pharmaceutical and medical device-related. Charlie Stratton is the Research Manager. He has been involved in Research since 2002 in a variety of capacities.

We promote and adhere to ICH-GCP (Good Clinical Research Practice) principles and guidelines and in 2013 our unit won a Business Achievement Award

Last updated: August 29, 2018