Research Opportunities

Research and PhD Scholarship Opportunities
The Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN) conducts high quality, patient-focused investigator-initiated clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand and has several well established collaborations internationally. Based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, the Network operates within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland. An important function of the AKTN is to educate kidney physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in trial design and conduct with the overall aim of increasing nephrology research output in the region. All trial executive committee members are leading experts in their respective fields and have an interest in fostering collaborative ties through mentorship and knowledge sharing. Several research opportunities encompassing various phases of clinical trial development and data collection are available through the AKTN.

Key Research Areas
Key research areas include the following:

  1. Development of trial protocol
  2. Systematic review and meta-analysis
  3. Trial conduct according to ICH Good Clinical Practice Guidelines
  4. Research grant writing
  5. Conducting ancillary studies
  6. Statistical analyses

New trial proposals are encouraged. Researchers are invited to identify and submit research priorities for future trials to the Network for peer review by the AKTN Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee is composed of leading clinicians and researchers in the field of nephrology and clinical trials. Further information on trial support offered by the Network, including timelines and submission dates can be found in the Clinical Trials section of this website.

Research Opportunities on AKTN Trials
For research opportunities pertaining to these trials please submit your enquiry here:

You can also find further information in the Clinical Trials section of this website.