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Over 400 national and international stakeholders came together at the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance conference last week to discuss global advances in the development of self-improving healthcare systems.
The three-day event was opened by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, who emphasised the importance of clinical trials in delivering high-quality care, innovation and economic value to the health care system. International speakers ranged from Harvard (US), NIHR (UK), Imperial College London and The Lancet (UK).
The CTC was front and centre throughout the conference, chairing five sessions, and delivering presentations, posters and free papers for discussion. Our Saskia Cheyne won the best moderated poster award, A/Prof Rachael Morton and the SWIFT trial team picked up the best poster award, and Dr Karen Bracken took out the best presentation award.
Presenters from the CTC included:
The following CTC people presented posters at the conference:
We had staff who also presented free papers for discussion. These included:
The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance's mission is to promote effective and cost‐effective healthcare in Australia through investigator‐initiated clinical trials and clinical quality registries that generate evidence to support decisions made by health practitioners, policy‐makers, and consumers.
Clinical trials networks are collaborative groups of practicing clinician researchers (often several hundred per network) that come together to identify important clinical questions and design large multi-centre clinical trials to answer them. Some also conduct trials in collaboration with industry but the majority have a strong focus on investigator-initiated trials that can provide unbiased, high-quality scientific evidence of the effectiveness or cost effectiveness of interventions.