Clinical Trials


What is a Clinical Trial?

Every publicly available treatment in New Zealand is the product of extensive research - including laboratory studies, and clinical trials.

A clinical trial is a type of research involving human participants. It can be interventional or observational.

An ovarian cancer clinical trial might evaluate a new, or existing treatment (or treatments); investigate different surgical techniques; or study behaviours - with the goal of improving outcomes for people with ovarian cancer.

Clinical trials can offer new or different treatment options for people with ovarian cancer, and help doctors make better decisions for people in the future.

A Guide to Participating on a Clinical Trial

How to find a clinical trial?

There are two main avenues to learn about clinical trials - through a doctor, and the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR).

The ANZCTR is an online public registry of clinical trials, held at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney. It is a Primary Registry in the World Health Organization (WHO) Registry Network, which means that it fulfils certain criteria for content, quality and validity, accessibility, unique identification, technical capacity and administration.


Other Databases

  • a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine that lists trials across 207 countries.
  • International Clinical Trials Registry Platform hosted by the World Health Organisation
  • EU Clinical Trials Register lists trials based in the European Union
  • UK Clinical Trials Gateway for UK specific trials
  • Canadian Cancer Trials Canadian trials
  • ISRCTN an international registry of clinical trials
  • Australian's with ovarian cancer can access significantly more clinical trial options than New Zealanders. Cure Our Ovarian Cancer believes access to clinical trials is important to improve ovarian cancer survival in New Zealand and are advocating for improved funding and access.

    Cure Our Ovarian Cancer is not directly affiliated with any of the above databases or clinical trials. Clinical trials may have unique risks and unknown benefits which the clinical trial researchers and your doctor can help you understand.