The Melbourne Children’s Trials Centre (MCTC) is a unique collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the University of Melbourne.
The state-of-the art Centre, led by Professor Andrew Davidson, supports clinicians and researchers in initiating and performing trials of new therapies. Clinical trials are essential to explore the effectiveness of promising new therapies, and to determine how existing treatments can be used most effectively.
The MCTC provides support for clinical trials, ranging from trials of novel therapies to large preventative public health trials. The Centre has a dedicated and accredited space for early phase clinical trials and provides ready access to all of the skills needed to ensure a successful study- such as biostatistics, ethics and governance, data storage, health economic expertise and access to bioinformatics and biobanking. Centre staff support each stage from idea inception and study design to managing and completing the trial.
To be a leader in clinical trials, the Trials Centre has invested in developing innovative trial designs and novel use of new technologies such as the new RCH Electronic Medical Record. The MCTC brings new therapies and generates knowledge to better the health of all children.