Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences

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The Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences Platform (MCATS) coordinates access to biostatisticians, health economists and health informaticians to support all stages of health-related research.

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We bring together researchers of all backgrounds from the University of Melbourne and the wider Parkville precinct to strengthen biomedical research and its translation. Our ultimate aim is to improve health care and reform health services.

We offer a program of courses and seminars, and we also participate in departmental peer review grant panels to develop and co-ordinate research ideas.


We offer support in three key areas:

  • Biostatistics: protocol development and analysis, with expertise in individual and cluster trials, observational cross-sectional studies and all sizes of cohort studies;
  • Health economics: all aspects of designing and implementing economic evaluations alongside health research and clinical trials;
  • Health informatics: esearch Electronic Data Capture (REDCap), grant development and health information technology applications; and
  • Clinical trial governance: navigate privacy and confidentiality policies, financial probity, legal and health regulatory matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements.

User information

Users can work with us in three ways:

  • Free grant development support: available when our academics are listed as a CI or AI. When the grant is successful, the budgeted EFT covers work to be conducted.
  • Subscription model: used for pilot projects, research development ideas, grant re-submissions and panel reviews.
  • Hub & spoke model: used for long-term biostatistical collaborations and when there is a need for ongoing support. It means we can embed biostatisticans within your research team.

Contact us

MCATS Manager

Phone: +61 3 8344 3802

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More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.