About TASC

Our Mission

To support safe research today delivering better treatments tomorrow therefore improving the health of future generations.

The Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC) was formally established on 1st January 2010. The Centre combines the research strengths of the University of Dundee with NHS Tayside and is part of the eastern node of NHS Research Scotland. Leadership of TASC is provided by the Joint Research & Development Director Professor Jill Belch. She works closely with the Senior Research & Development Manager of TASC Dr Graeme Boyle.

TASC is the research theme of the newly established Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside and brings together, within a single organisational framework, the existing functions of the Clinical Research Centre, the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit, the Tissue Bank, and the joint functions of the NHS Research & Development office and the University's Research & Innovation Services (in relation to clinical research). This strategic alignment brings greater efficiency to research management and governance across the University and NHS.

The key aim of TASC is to make research easier for all health professionals and to promote a strong culture of research within the NHS. The TASC offices are housed within refurbished accommodation on level 3 of the old Nursing School premises on the Ninewells Hospital. Dundee site, co-located with the East of Scotland Research Ethics Service.

Although the venture was initially a joint enterprise between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, strong partnerships have been formed with NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley and the University of St Andrews. .

The development of TASC coincided with the excellent news that one of its components, the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit, was awarded provisional registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. This helped ensure that TASC was well positioned from the outset to achieve its goals. In August 2012, the TCTU was given full registration, one of 45 fully registered units in the UK.