About us

The Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO) was established in 2007, following identification of a need to develop a central mechanism enabling a coordinated, structured approach to the management of large scale multi-centred neuro-oncology trials.

COGNO is a member of the Cooperative Clinical Trials Groups of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) and has a close working relationship with the COSA Neuro-Oncology Group. COGNO is funded by Cancer Australia. The group is located at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), at the University of Sydney. The NHMRC CTC coordinates the trials activity within COGNO.

COGNO’s main aim is to conduct investigator-initiated and collaborative group trials addressing important clinical questions in patients with brain tumours.

Our mission and aims

COGNO’s mission is: “The achievement of better health outcomes for patients and those affected by brain tumours through clinical trials research”. The Group’s aims include:

COGNO’s mission is:

“The achievement of better health outcomes for patients and those affected by brain tumours through clinical trials research”.

The Group’s aims include:

  • To promote the use of clinical trials in evaluating current therapies, new treatments and supportive interventions for brain tumours and to improve the impact of new clinical trials on future clinical practice.
  • To engage members of the medical/scientific community through participation to assist in the conduct, evaluation, promotion and development of clinical trials in brain tumours.
  • To promote the incorporation of translational studies into new clinical trials in brain tumours.
  • To freely publish the results of research and clinical trials and to make available for general use, on the same terms to all interested bodies, licences for Australian and New Zealand patents issued in the course of research and clinical trials.

Organisation Chart

COGNO has a Management Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee and Operations Executive Committee. The COGNO office is responsible for all aspects of group activities and provision of executive functions.

COGNO Network Organisation Chart