Clinical Trials Unit

Clinical Trials Unit

About Us

Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in the world, has a disease burden higher than the average in the South Asia region. This underlines the need to come up with innovative and effective diagnostic, preventive and curative regimens specifically designed for the local population.

Clinical trials are considered a necessity for tomorrow’s cures. University hospitals are fast establishing units to streamline, govern and promote their clinical trial activities. In Pakistan too, major global agencies, independent research units and pharmaceuticals have actively initiated and participated in multi-national, multi-centric clinical trials, particularly as technology has helped bridge communication needs.

So far 44 multidisciplinary clinical studies have commenced at the Aga Khan University and an equal number expected to begin in the coming years.

To cater to the changing needs and global trends, in 2011, the Aga Khan University opened  doors to the Clinical Trials Unit — a state-of-the-art facility that offers a full spectrum of core and supporting administrative services to local researchers as well as global organisations.

President's Message

"In 2011, the University opened the Clinical Trials Unit – a centralised state-of-the-art facility. The Unit has since made its presence felt with its Good Clinical Practice-compliant standards and its spectrum of services. Parallel to medical and scientific advancements, the University also realizes the urgent need to build successful partnerships with all stakeholders."

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Clinical Trials Symposium

To advance research excellence and bring together research partners, CTU in collaboration with Duke University, USA & Clinical Trials Center-University of Sydney, has organized the first CTU Symposium: Bridging Gaps & Building Network with a dedicated focus on various aspects of Clinical Trials. The program is made up of 2 days of interdisciplinary series of presentations and panel discussions centered on clinical trials.


The Aga Khan University has successfully partnered with:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • PATH
  • Roche
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Oxford
  • US National Institutes of Health
  • World Health Organization


Research Themes

  • Maternal and newborn child health
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Infection, immunity and inflammation
  • Neurosciences
  • Stem cell biology

Contact Us

Clinical Trials Unit
Tel:  +92 21 3486 2307
        +92 21 3486 2330