News & events - May 2010

Designing and Conducting Paediatric Clinical Trials Workshop, Friday 21st May

The second “Designing and Conducting Paediatric Clinical Trials” course was hosted by The Australian Children’s Clinical Trials Centre at the Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on May 20 and 21.

Places in the course were awarded to clinical investigators from all three tertiary children’s hospitals in NSW. This was the first time that clinical researchers from all three hospitals have come together for joint training in how to plan and manage clinical trials involving children.

The course was jointly presented by the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Kids Research Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and supported by the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales.

The two day course covered the A-Z of clinical trial management and offered practical guidance and examples on how to conduct clinical research to international standards of good clinical practice. The course was invaluable to clinicians who may not have the time or resources to attend similar, sometimes expensive, courses held off-site. This course was unique because it focussed on issues that are distinctive to research involving children and was offered free of charge to attendees.

Clinical trials are an important mechanism for improving child health because they generate evidence about the safety and effectiveness of treatments given to children. This training course will assist clinicians to answer their clinical questions in a scientifically rigorous manner and was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other sites in NSW.

Feedback about the course has been extremely positive and plans are already in place to turn this into an annual event for the three children’s hospitals.