Research

 

To maintain a high international standing in safety and quality patient care in anaesthesia, intensive care, perioperative and pain medicine it is essential to undertake medical research.

 

ANZCA strongly supports research via the ANZCA Research Foundation, annually dedicating around $1million to research, a figure that is growing each year. This is achieved via ANZCA making a significant contribution each year to research.

 

A significant source of funding for medical research in Australia also comes from the Australian Government through the Medical Research Endowment Fund, which is administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). In New Zealand, medical research funding is administered by the Health Research Council (HRC).

 

The NHMRC provides the opportunity for individuals or research teams to obtain support for research projects in all fields of public health, medicine and dentistry in Australia, through the Project Grant and Fellowship schemes. In New Zealand, the HRC serves an equivalent role.

 

The award of a Project Grant is ANZCA's main avenue for the support of projects in biomedical research in universities, medical schools, hospitals and other research institutions. These schemes support work on problems that are capable of solution in a relatively short period of time. ANZCA aims to supplement, complement and in some cases act as an alternative to NHMRC/HRC.

 

ANZCA encourages applicants to also apply to HRC, NHMRC or to the appropriate body in their home country.


ANZCA strongly supports research via the ANZCA Research Foundation and the ANZCA Research Committee, which assesses research applications.

 

 

ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (formerly the ANZCA Trials Group)

For information on our current clinical research activities, what we offer, our policies and guidelines, and the strategic research workshop, click on the link below: 

 

 The ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) is a collaboration between Monash University and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). The ANZCA CTN is an informal network of ANZCA Fellows, trainees and trial co-ordinators with a strong commitment in fostering investigator-initiated, multi-centre research to improving the evidence base of anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine. 

 

ANZCA CTN investigators are experts in clinical trial methodology and delivery, and have been awarded $28 million in competitive research funding. The ANZCA CTN has successfully conducted large, international, multi-centre trials to definitively answer controversial questions in anaesthesia research. 

 

The ANZCA CTN is working towards a common vision to be a world leader
 in delivering randomised trial evidence to guide practice in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine. The ANZCA CTN aims to strengthen research capacity and institutional culture, drive patient recruitment, and share resources and infrastructure with anaesthesia departments to become sustainable in delivering research. 

 

The ANZCA CTN Executive, chaired by Professor Kate Leslie, is a dynamic group of experienced researchers who oversee trial-related activities and survey research undertaken by Fellows and trainees, administer the pilot grant scheme, and endorse trials designed by collaborating research groups. In addition, the Executive runs educational sessions and annual strategic research workshop to develop new research ideas. 

 

2015 National Health and Medical Research Council awards

Professor Paul Myles has been awarded $A2.3 million dollar project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in the 2015 grant round for IV iron for the Treatment of Anaemia before Cardiac Surgery (ITACS). This five-year study will be co-ordinated at the Alfred, Melbourne. 

 

Click here for more information and to register, email Sophie Wallace at s.wallace@alfred.org.au

 

 

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