$2.1 million grant to clinical trials registry

2 April 2012

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has announced a grant of $2.1 million to the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), located at the University of Sydney.

The ANZCTR is an online database that provides public information on trials being conducted in Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

It aims are to maximise patient participation in trials, minimise unnecessary duplication of research and enable a reliable assessment of trial evidence by ensuring all relevant trials can be included.

Policy makers and researchers are able to identify potential gaps between the research activity and health priorities of current trials.

The Australasian registry was one of the first World Health Organization-recognised primary registries of clinical trials in the world.

The new grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council will enable the registry to undertake research into the functions of the registry and its use and to make further enhancements so that registry data can be more easily accessed by a variety of users.

Professor John Simes, Director of the Clinical Trials Centre, said "At the Clinical Trials Centre, our aim is to improve health outcomes in Australia and internationally by identifying more effective treatments from clinical trial evidence. The ANZ Clinical Trial Registry is an important building block in this process."

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