The Royal College of Surgeons has two full-time surgical research units working in offices based at the College. This section details their work and also provides access to the annual surgical research reports published by the College.
The Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) is situated in the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU), a joint operation between the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London.
The CET under the Directorship of Professor Sir Peter Morris was established in 2005 to evaluate the quality of evidence available in solid organ transplantation. For example one of its initial tasks has been the evaluation of the quality of randomised trials in organ transplantation from the beginning of 2004 and this has appeared as a regular special feature in Transplantation. This feature has now been replaced by the electronic library of RCT's.
The development of an electronic library has been a major project and includes all randomised controlled trials in solid organ transplantation. This is a joint project between the CET and publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. The library went live to subscribers of the journal Transplantation at end of January 2008, and as of April 2009, is available in all medical school libraries in England and to members of the European Society of Organ Transplantation.
The CET now the knowledge centre for ESOT with a primary function to help in the design and reporting of randomised controlled trials in transplantation in Europe.