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Kidney Int. 2014 Jan;85(1):23-30. doi: 10.1038/ki.2013.391. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

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

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1
Australasian Kidney Trials Network, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
2
1] Australasian Kidney Trials Network, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [2] Department of Nephrology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
3
1] Australasian Kidney Trials Network, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [2] The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
4
1] Australasian Kidney Trials Network, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [2] Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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.

PMID:
24088955
PMCID:
PMC3898483
DOI:
10.1038/ki.2013.391
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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