Research with care

Windsor Research Unit

The Cambridge-based Windsor Research Unit (WRU) is a successful research unit with a track record of performing high-quality research, including clinical trials, to time and target for world-leading companies, academic institutions and organisations.

Part of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, the WRU offers a comprehensive clinical trials service, supported by first-class facilities and staff. Originally specialising in dementia, WRU has grown its skills base to provide clinical expertise across a diverse range of mental and physical health conditions.

The Windsor Research Unit is led by Dr Ben Underwood, who is the Unit’s clinical director (right). He is one of the UK’s leading clinical experts in dementia. Dr Underwood is also a consultant old age psychiatrist at CPFT and one of the Trust’s clinical directors, and he holds a visiting researcher post at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychiatry.

Dedicated staff

We pride ourselves on employing highly trained, long-established and passionate staff who are nationally recognised for their expertise. Our staff are solely dedicated to research receive the best training to ensure their skills are right up to date with the latest research and techniques.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Windsor Research Unit is located at CPFT's Fulbourn Hospital site less than ten minutes away from the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. 
The Windsor Research Unit comprises:

  • A bright and comfortable reception and lounge for research participants
  • A clinical room with all the necessary medical equipment to perform clinical investigations, facilities for venepuncture, ECG monitoring, a centrifuge, fridge, -20 and -80 degree centigrade freezer.
  • There is also a patients’/carers’ interview room, two separate offices and an open plan office with six desks, plus three locked storage rooms.
  • The Unit complies with safety regulations to allow patients and other participants to take part in research on an outpatient basis according to ethically approved protocols.


Successful recruitment and retention of research participants is a key part of our study delivery. We offer patients the opportunity to participate in research in their own homes, as well as here at the Windsor. We have quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of patient records through our secure and comprehensive electronic patient database. Our researchers are embedded in our clinical teams, which promotes research and boosts referrals to research studies.


We know that quality of data is absolutely vital to the successful outcome of any study.  We pride ourselves on making sure the data we collect is of the highest possible quality.  This is achieved by having the right values and staff in the Unit and carefully considering how we can best deliver each study.  For example, we are very careful to reduce inter-rater variability by making sure that rating at every visit is conducted by the same member of staff wherever possible.  We are determined not to compromise on quality as a poorly conducted study is of little value.

At the heart of the Cambridge bioscience cluster

The Unit is based within CPFT, which delivers many NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community, such as physical, mental health and specialist services.  CPFT is part of Cambridge University Health Partners, one of the Academic Health Science Centres established by the UK’s Department of Health.

We work very closely with the CPFT and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Research & Development (R&D) departments, and CUH Addenbrooke’s Hospital. We also have very close links with the academic Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Cambridge.

This gives us access to the very latest investigations and equipment.  For example we are able to deliver CT, PET, DaT and MRI scanning (including 7T MRI), EEG, audiology, polysomnography and lumbar puncture including analysis for amyloid and tau based CSF biomarkers.

Our Principal Investigators are experienced clinicians and researchers with clinical posts and extensive research backgrounds.

How to find us

Windsor Research Unit
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn Hospital
CB21 5EF


Contact us


Unit manager: Dr Gloria Calderon
T 01223 219534 

Clinical Director:
Dr Ben Underwood

Further information

The page was last updated on 15 March 2019 by lmarshall.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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