Ramsay boosts clinical trials network

Jan 09, 2019

Potentially life-changing new studies have been secured in depression and anxiety, prostate cancer, and lung cancer through the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation (RHRF).

A record 14 sites are now part of Ramsay Australia’s clinical trials network, following the inclusion of four extra facilities in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.

Albert Road Clinic is the first mental health facility to be involved with the clinical trials network; Wollongong Private Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, and North Shore Private Hospital have also been included.

Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation CEO, Nicola Ware, said more than 100 sponsored clinical trials were running as a result of this expansion.

The RHRF team has also recently appointed a coordinator to provide support to the clinical trials network as work continues to expand the scope of studies within Ramsay Australia.

Wollongong Private Hospital

A clinical trial coordinator will work with medical oncologists, surgeons, and other interested specialists to establish and support ongoing clinical trials at Wollongong Private Hospital.

“Wollongong has recently been awarded a lung cancer clinical trial from Merck and a prostate cancer clinical trial with Janssen, which was secured through working together with Dr Ali Tafreshi,” CEO Nicola Ware said.

“We expect both studies to open in 2019 and we look forward to offering patients the option of potentially life-changing work on-site.”

Albert Road Clinic

The first sponsored mental health clinical trial has been obtained at Albert Road Clinic’s new clinical trials unit, which was established through Professor Malcolm Hopwood.

“Working with a US biotech company, this mental health trial offers patients an opportunity to access a new drug for the treatment of depression and anxiety,” CEO Nicola Ware said.

“We are really excited to see the trials network expand into mental health and we look forward to the involvement of other mental health hospitals in the future.”

Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital

The Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation is looking forward to welcoming new clinical trial coordinators and specialists at both North Shore Private Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.