Scientific Committee


The role of the Scientific Committee is to provide scientific leadership to the AKTN by providing peer review of proposals submitted to the AKTN with regard to scientific merit, feasibility and clinical relevance, prioritisation of clinical trials and other network activity, voting on the AKTN’s involvement in individual trials, and advising on audience and content of educational sessions. The following are the terms of reference for the committee.

  • Provide an evaluation of clinical trials proposed for coordination/facilitation to ensure they are of scientific value, statistical and logistical feasibility and conform to ethical guidelines
  • Be involved as a Chair or Member of a Working Group
  • Approve and implement trial selection criteria and/or scientific review mechanisms
  • Decide by vote on whether to co-ordinate or facilitate proposed trials
  • Provide advice on content and structure of educational and promotional activities
  • Receive reports on progress from principal investigators
  • Report annually to the Advisory Board

Matthew Roberts (Chair)
Michael Collins (Deputy Chair)
Armando Teixeira-Pinto (Biostatistician representative)
Bhadran Bose (Chair, GN Working Group)
Carmel Hawley (Executive Operations Secretariat Chair)
David Johnson (Executive Operations Secretariat Deputy Chair)
Jonathan Craig (Cochrane representative)
Jessica Dawson (Kidney Dietitian representative)
Kannaiyan Rabindranath
Kevan Polkinghorne (Chair, HD Working Group)
Kirsten Howard (Health Economics representative)
Nicholas Larkins
Nicki (Nicole) Scholes-Robertson (Consumer representative)
Phil Clayton (ANZDATA representative) (Chair, Methods Working Group)
Rachel Walker (Kidney Nursing representative)
Simon Carter
Suetonia Palmer (KHA-CARI representative)
Sunil Badve (Chair, CKD Working Group)
Tracey Putt
Vanessa Cullen (Consumer representative)
Yeoungjee Cho (Chair, PD Working Group)
Wai Lim (Chair, Transplantation Working Group)