Christine Aiken Memorial Award for Excellence in AGITG Study Coordination

The Award is named in Christine’s honour to recognise her contributions to the success of AGITG trials over many years, benefiting countless patients across the globe.

This Award will be presented annually to recognise a significant and outstanding contribution by an AGITG study coordinator.

The recipient will receive up to $2,000 to cover flights, accommodation, and registration to attend the next AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Willingness to participate in AGITG studies
  2. Number of AGITG studies coordinated relative to tenure
  3. Strategies employed to promote diverse clinical trial participation, including involvement in a teletrial cluster (ether primary site or satellite site), and engaging patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  4. Innovative workarounds to recruit and retain trial participants, including ways in which patient safety was prioritised during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  5. Engagement with the community
  6. Consumer feedback

The successful Nominee will be announced at the 2024 AGITG ASM Gala Dinner.

Closing Date 

Applications will close on Monday 9 September 2024, 9:00am AEST. For any questions about the Award, please contact

In Memory of Chris Aiken

Christine (Chris) Aiken joined the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) in June 2004. She worked exclusively on AGITG projects for 16 years as the first Monitor employed at the CTC, Trial Coordinator and Associate Oncology Project Manager.

AGITG trials Chris worked on include TOP GEAR, REGISTER, ASCOLT, Advanced GIST and MASTERPLAN.

Chris was also a member of the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting Study Coordinator‐Consumer Committee in 2018 and 2019.

Chris’ passion for her work and the importance of clinical trials to improve outcomes for others was always evident. Chris is deeply missed by all the staff at CTC and AGITG. Her collegiality, enthusiasm, and expansive knowledge of obscure trial related facts will be long remembered.