30/30 Horizons in Healthcare Research

On Friday 1 March 2019, CTC hosted 30/30 Horizons in Healthcare Research to commemorate our 30th birthday as Australia's premier trials centre and to investigate the future of clinical trials.


About the symposium

Australian broadcaster Julie McCrossin AM chaired the afternoon's proceedings where over 200 guests heard discussions around three themes:

  • 30 years of achievement through collaborative research that has made a difference to healthcare and the wellbeing of patients
  • Lessons learned over those 30 years that can be shared and used to overcome future challenges
  • The challenges and opportunities the research community will face in the next 30 years and what we must do to adapt, thrive and deliver results.

Speakers included NEJM Editor-in-Chief Jeff Drazen, ACTA President John Zalcberg, NHMRC CEO Anne Kelso, patient advocate and consumer Melinda Cruz, as well as prominent CTC researchers. 

View the day’s program that includes biographies of each speaker.


A quick snapshot


30th anniversary book

We produced a 30th anniversary book for the symposium, which was handed out to all attendees. 

View a digital version, or email communications@ctc.usyd.edu.au to receive a hardcopy version by post.



Prof Phil Alyward, Flinders University

Cardio-metabolic trials; 30 years in 10 minutes

Pdf presention

Prof John Simes, CTC

Cancer trials; 30 years in 10 minutes

Pdf presentation

Prof William Tarnow-Mordi, CTC

Neonatal trials; 30 years in 10 minutes

Pdf presentation

A/Prof Rachael Morton, CTC

Return on investment of clinical trials

Pdf presentation

Prof Anna Nowak, COGNO

Global reach for Australian trials

Pdf presentation

Prof Jonathan Morris, University of Sydney

The digital future

Pdf presentation

Prof John Zalcberg, ACTA

RCTs in a self-improving health care system

Pdf presentation

Prof Anne Kelso, NHMRC

The future of clinical trial funding

Pdf presentation

Dr Jeff Drazen, MD, NEJM

Data sharing in clinical trials

Pdf presentation

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Melinda Cruz, Miracle Babies Foundation

Prioritising research – A consumer’s perspective

Pdf presentation

A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw, CTC

Molecular and genomic driven trials – Precision medicine

Pdf presentation

Dr Glenn Begley, Biocurate

Attracting industry trials to Australia

Pdf presentation 

Cocktail party

The symposium was followed by a cocktail party in the Holme Building where University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Michael Spence congratulated the CTC on its 30th birthday and underlined the importance of CTC's innovations to the University and society.