Clinical Trials and Research Committee


The British Transplantation Society Clinical Trials Steering Committee is responsible for identifying, organising, coordinating and encouraging clinical trials in transplantation. It also has a role in promoting outstanding quality clinical research in transplantation in the UK.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Identifying areas of transplantation where trials are required
  • Providing a forum for the development and conduct of clinical trials
  • Engaging all UK transplant centres in a research network enabling patient recruitment to high quality clinical research studies
  • Organising and coordinating clinical trials
  • Commissioning new clinical trials
  • Assisting members with the design and reporting of clinical trials
  • Recommending clinical trials for BTS endorsement
  • Liaising with other specialist societies/professional groups when clinical trials overlap
  • Reporting on the progress of clinical trials


The committee will consist of three members elected by the society in a free ballot. This will be organised to coincide with the other elections of the BTS. The tenure of membership is three years. Members are eligible for re-election for a further 3 year term.

The committee will choose the chair from amongst the elected members by single transferable vote organised by the outgoing chairperson at least 6 months before he or she retires. Potential candidates can self-nominate for the position. The chair shall have tenure commencing from the date of the next AGM of the BTS at the annual congress and finishing at the AGM of the annual congress three years from then. He or she will not be eligible for re-election for a period of three years.

The committee has the power to co-opt other members as appropriate from the BTS membership or outside the membership to represent relevant interests and if specialist advice is required. Members may also be co-opted to recognise the broad representative balance of specialist interests of the society. If the committee wishes to co-opt more than two other members, this should first be approved by Council. Co-opted members will have a term of office of three years and will not be able to vote or to be the committee chair.

Members are required to complete an annual Declaration of Interests.

The committee will meet at least three times per year and report on its activities to the Executive and Council of the BTS through the chair. A written report will be produced for each meeting of Council.