Forming networks for research: proposal for an Australian clinical trials alliance

Ian N Olver and Anthony C Keech
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11067
Published online: 18 March 2013

A research network could improve outcomes through advocacy, identifying research gaps and providing shared infrastructure

Research benefits from both competition and collaboration. Inefficiencies occur when researchers are engaged in similar research, often not realising that other groups in Australia are working in the same area. For example, it is possible that there are competing clinical trials in uncommon cancers, which will decrease the chance of any individual study recruiting adequate numbers of patients to answer the questions it poses. In May 2012, the Medical Journal of Australia hosted the MJA Clinical Trials Research Summit. This article was written on behalf of contributors to a working group discussion on networking held during that summit.

  • Ian N Olver1
  • Anthony C Keech2

  • 1 Cancer Council Australia, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 NHMRC Clincal Trials Centre, Sydney, NSW.



We thank those who attended and contributed to the MJA Clinical Trials Research Summit.

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No relevant disclosures.


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