About the CTC

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) is a leader in clinical trials. Through excellence in research and trials, we improve practices, policy and health outcomes for patients globally.

Since the CTC's establishment in 1988, we have worked with our partners to contribute major advances in clinical care. This includes running over 200 clinical trials involving more than 80,000 patients and 800 international collaborators. 

We service the full clinical trial spectrum — from assisting in establishing new groups by creating a research governance structure and terms of reference, identifying important questions related to public health, and concept and protocol development, through to randomisation, data collection, ethics and regulatory compliance, on-site monitoring and audit, and data analyses and manuscript preparation.

The CTC works collaboratively to design and run trials with five of the 13 national cancer cooperative groups in Australia. We have helped recruit thousands of patients locally and globally in breast, oesophageal, gastric, colorectal, lung, gynaecological, neurological and urogenital cancers.

Over 200 academics, students, and professional staff work at CTC offices in the Medical Foundation Building and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.


University of Sydney

The CTC is a highly respected research centre within the University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine (FMH). It also works closely with other University departments, including the Research Portfolio. At an operational level, the CTC engages with University service teams in key areas, such as contracts and grants, ethics and regulation, and communications and marketing , to ensure CTC is compliant and is achieving efficiencies. CTC’s research leaders supervise PhD and Masters students from the University, and they teach subjects in the biostatistics and clinical trials research program as well as short courses.