The AGITG co-ordinates clinical trials within Australia and New Zealand and in collaboration with international research groups.
Clinical trials are divided into four categories:
1. Trials in activation phase – Trials currently being assessed.
2. Trials open to patient recruitment – These trials are recruiting patients at hospital sites. The trial managers and coordinators work closely with site staff to collect data and monitor patient progress.
3. Trials in follow-up – These trials have reached their recruitment target. Patients may still be receiving treatment and their progress is being monitored and assessed for long-term effects of treatment, whilst data is being collected. Initial results are being processed and may be presented at research conferences and in research publications.
4. Completed trials – These trials have ended. Patients are no longer being treated and the results of the study may be published in scientific journals and in the media. Often the results will affect clinical practice, the treatment of future patients and new trial development.