ON TRACK Network Trial Concept Development Workshop February 2017

The inaugural ON TRACK Network Trial Concept Development Workshop took place over two days at the Liggins Institute in February, 2017. The aim of the workshop was to support investigator groups from across the country and across disciplines to develop clinical trial concepts into collaborative, multicentre, investigator-driven, research projects in maternal and perinatal health to a level suitable for competitive grant applications. A total of 64 participants from around New Zealand took part in the workshop. Seven trial concepts covering a range of research questions were developed and refined at the workshop guided by a number of national and international expert facilitators.

Concepts Developed

  • Outpatient balloon versus inpatient prostaglandin for induction of labour (Michelle Wise).
  • Labour dystocia, how to reduce caesarean section rates (Flora Gastrell).
  • Caffeine to improve neurodevelopment in late preterm babies (Jane Alsweiler).
  • Fibrinogen for the management of postpartum haemorrhage (Claire McLintock)
  • Craft group intervention as an adjunctive treatment for post-natal depression (Aram Kim).
  • Pre-diabetes in pregnancy – can early intervention improve outcomes? (Ruth Hughes)
  • Antenatal corticosteroids prior to planned caesarean section from 35+0 weeks gestation (Katie Groom)

Expert facilitators

Concept Facilitators: Lucille Sebastian (NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney), Johnathan Morris (Kolling Institute, Sydney, NSW), Vicki Flenady (University of Queensland), Stuart Dalziel, Sally Merry, Colin McArthur.

Māori research advisor: Helen Wihongi

Consumer Advisor: Kelly Thompson

Review Panel: Colin McArthur, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Sally Merry, Ian Reid, Lesley McCowan & John Kolbe

Biostatistical Advisors: Thomas Lumley, Greg Gamble

Concept Development Workshop Working Group: Jane Harding, Caroline Crowther, Chris McKinlay, Isabelle Lee.