Network managers join forces in new ACTA Special Interest Group


ACTA’s newest Special Interest Group has a catchy name: “SIGNet”, and it held its inaugural meeting on 18 October 2018.

SIGNet provides a collaborative and knowledge sharing forum for clinical trials network managers, and participants from 12 of the 20 trials networks that registered an interest in joining SIGNet attended its first meeting.

If you are a network manager and haven’t heard about SIGNet, or you are keen to see who’s already involved, read on and let us know if you would like to join the Group.

The inaugural meeting included preliminary discussions around the new group’s objectives, values and governance. Preliminary objectives include:

*A united ‘voice’ advocating for CTN Managers’ priorities

*Collaborative problem solving and knowledge sharing amongst network managers who largely work in isolation from each other

* Informal comparison of processes to enable new and established network managers to identify best and effective practice

Looking forward to the many collaborative opportunities the new Group offers, attendees thanked ACTA for making it happen and several expressed interest in being part of the SIGNet Executive.

The Group will meet again on 30 November at a special session on Day Two of the ACTA Summit at the University of Sydney Business School. Members felt that this face-to-face meeting would be a good opportunity to establish a strategic plan, to interact with other members and begin to form an Executive.

For more information about SIGNet, contact ACTA Senior Project Officer, Megan Sanders.

In the meantime, below is a full list of the 20 CTNs that have registered an interest in joining SIGNet.

  • Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG)
  • Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG)
  • Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO)
  • Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA
  • Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group (ALTG)
  • Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG)
  • Australasian Radiopharmaceutical Trials Network (ARTnet)
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Network
  • The Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN)
  • Australasian Sarcoma Study Group (ASSG)
  • Breast Cancer Trials
  • Australian and New Zealand Alliance for Cardiovascular Trials (ANZACT)
  • Australian and New Zealand Children's Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG)
  • Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC)
  • Cancer Symptom Trials (CST)
  • Australia & New Zealand Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC)
  • Australasian Spinal Cord Injury Network Ltd
  • The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Clinical Trials Network
  • UQ Centre for Clinical Research
  • Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG)