- Category: Clinical Research
The Clinical Research and Trials Centre at the Brien Holden Vision Institute was previously known as the International Clinical Trials Centre, which was a research discipline of the Institute for Eye Research. Prior to this, clinical research was conducted by the Institute's predecessor, the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (CCLRU), which was established at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1976.
Our multidisciplinary team of staff are highly experienced in conducting clinical trials and participate in on-going training throughout their employment to ensure the highest standards of clinical trials conduct are met. This includes the following areas:
- Project teams
- Clinical compliance
- Data management and statistics
- Management and administration
Clinical Trials Services
The Clinical Research and Trials Centre offers a full clinical trials service, from concept to end of clinical trial reports, including:
- Trial ideas
- Trial design
- Protocol, Informed Consent and Case Report Form (CRF) design
- Internal monitoring
- Customised ‘direct data entry’ database production and management
- End of clinical trial report writing
Clinical Research Areas
Our research is focused on the following areas:
- Development of new contact lens designs and concepts for vision correction
- Assessment of new technologies for vision correction
- Development of contact lens care solutions
- Biocompatibility assessment of contact lenses and contact lens care products
- Visual and physiological performance of contact lenses
- Clinical evaluation of new contact lens materials and designs
- Development of extended and continuous wear lenses
- Reduction of ocular inflammation and infection rates with contact lenses
- Improving clinical performance and biocompatibility of contact lenses
- New ways in controlling myopia progression
Research and Development Achievements
The Brien Holden Vision Institute has designed and conducted research projects leading to the development of several successful commercial products.
- The Institute collaborated with CIBA VISION in the development of a new highly oxygen permeable breakthrough material, the silicone hydrogel polymer. The invention of the silicone hydrogel contact lens solved the problem of supplying high enough levels of oxygen to the cornea to overcome the issue of hypoxia. This material now accounts for around 50% of all soft contact lens fittings worldwide.
- Soft toric contact lenses for the correction of astigmatism. These lenses were developed in collaboration with Ocular Sciences Inc and were successfully launched worldwide in 2002 as the Biomedics Toric lens. The lens is one of the most successful toric designs ever launched.
- Multifocal soft contact lens for correction of presbyopia launched by CIBA VISION in 2009 as the AIR OPTIX™ AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses.
- Spectacle lenses to control the progression of myopia launched as the MyoVisionTM lens by Carl Zeiss Vision in 2010.
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All Clinical Research and Trials Centre optometrists are highly qualified and are required to demonstrate concordance at regular intervals, and undergo regular training to maintain and enhance general and specialised optometric skills.
Clinical trials are conducted to international clinical trial standards and company standard operating procedures (SOPs). A commitment to continuous improvement is the key to our ongoing success.
Industry, Sponsors & Collaborators
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Participating in our Clinical Trials
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