In July 1989, the Government of Canada requested proposals for an AIDS clinical trials infrastructure. A Vancouver-based coalition of researchers responded, proposing a model of a decentralized network, built on a foundation of five regions and numerous satellite centres.
They envisioned a head office to handle the administration and house a data management centre of the highest technical capacity. The coalition developed standing committees to oversee this infrastructure and the trials it generates.
The team was confident that with Canada’s geographically diverse clinics and hospitals effectively linked, the country would be seen as an ideal place to conduct pivotal trials in HIV/AIDS.
In July 1990, the Canadian government formally announced its support for the CTN model. And, on January 23, 1991, the Network’s National Centre officially opened its doors and announced the launch of the first CTN trials.