Establishing a clinical trials network in nephrology: experience of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network

Alicia Morrish, Carmel Hawley, David Johnson, Sunil Badve, Vlado Perkovic, Donna Reidlinger, Alan Cass

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    Abstract

    Chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem globally. Despite this, there are fewer high-quality, high-impact clinical trials in nephrology than other internal medicine specialties, which has led to large gaps in evidence. To address this deficiency, the Australasian Kidney Trials Network, a Collaborative Research Group, was formed in 2005. Since then, the Network has provided infrastructure and expertise to conduct patient-focused high-quality, investigator-initiated clinical trials in nephrology. The Network has not only been successful in engaging the nephrology community in Australia and New Zealand but also in forming collaborations with leading researchers from other countries. This article describes the establishment, development, and functions of the Network. The article also discusses the current and future funding strategies to ensure uninterrupted conduct of much needed clinical trials in nephrology to improve the outcomes of patients affected by kidney diseases with cost-effective interventions
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-30
    Number of pages8
    JournalKidney International
    Volume85
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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