Research Overview

Research Overview

The ALTG is Australia and New Zealand’s lung and thoracic cancer clinical research group and aims to develop and conduct high quality, clinically relevant investigator-led clinical trials. The ALTG forms part of Lung Foundation Australia’s wider strategy of supporting research to improve outcomes for those living with a lung disease. The Lung Foundation has a commitment to supporting research across all lung disease, including lung cancer and, by 2020, aims to contribute $5 million annually to research for lung disease.

Some of the group’s contributions to research:

  • Seven Phase 2 and 3 studies have been completed, initiated by the ALTG and/or as intergroup collaborations
  • One Phase 3 study is currently in progress as part of an international collaboration
  • Three new studies, all initiated by the ALTG, are scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2017
  • A healthy pipeline of new trial concepts is being actively developed through regular workshops
  • The group has also reviewed and endorsed eight studies that have been led and completed by collaborating groups and involving ALTG membership support of patient enrolment

Some of the ALTG’s key areas of focus for the future are:

  • Broadening the group’s portfolio of trials to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of lung cancer care
  • Providing opportunities for more members to participate in the group’s research and educational activities
  • Establishing flexible and efficient processes that enable rapid development and decision-making in relation to new trial concepts and studies to be initiated

More detail can be found in the ALTG Research Report 2004-2016