At any time, there are hundreds of thousands of clinical trials and research projects taking place across the world in a wide range of disease and health areas including stroke, cancer, asthma and more.

Those who participate in clinical trials and other studies are often the first to access and benefit from new and emerging treatments across a range of areas.

You can learn more about how to access the latest medical research through a research project or clinical trial below.

There are a number of research projects that allow eligible people to access emerging medical research and treatments in a range of areas.

Those involved also have the satisfaction of one helping someone else with an illness, providing important scientific information that will be used to develop new disease treatments and improve already existing ones.

 

Research Register

The Research Register recruits a central database of people who are interested in contributing to medical research. The Register helps researchers access to the type of people they require in their efforts to improve the health of the community.

Learn more about the research register

 

Stroke Research Register - Hunter

The Stroke Research Register - Hunter recruits a database of people with stroke, living in the Hunter region, who are willing to be contacted to participate in research at a later date. The Register will be a centralised process for contacting people with stroke who would like to take part in research.

Learn more about the Stroke Research Register - Hunter

 

Research Projects Currently Recruiting

 Digestive Health and Wellbeing Survey

We would like to invite you to complete the Digestive Health & Wellbeing Survey (DHWS) and the Structured Assessment of Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scale (SAGIS). These surveys contribute to digestive health research by providing information that will allow us to better characterise gastrointestinal problems.
They will ask for information about your gut symptoms, anxiety and depression, sleep, smoking and alcohol intake. This helps us understand why some people develop conditions and others do not. We would like people with and without gut problems to participate

Click here to learn more about this survey and to participate
 
 Food Marketing on Social Media

We aim to get a better insight into what food marketing instances adolescents aged 13 to 16 years are exposed to on their social media.

Click here to find out more and to register
 ESTEEM Stroke Workshops

Have you had a stroke?  Are you a carer for someone who has had a stroke? You can help!

Researchers are inviting people who have had a stroke, or present or previous carers for someone who has had a stroke, to help design a long-term recovery group for stroke survivors. The aim of the group is to incorporate exercise, socialising and art-based thinking activities to improve recovery and quality of life for people living with stroke.

Click here to find out more and to register

HeLP Healthy Lifestyle for Back Pain E-Course  

Knowledge truly is power and the musculoskeletal health team wants to empower people in pain with as much knowledge as possible to help you make better decisions about your health and the care you receive.  That’s why they’ve just launched the HeLP (Healthy lifestyle for back pain) e-course.  A FREE, ten-day education series that gets delivered straight to your inbox daily packed with science-based information, tips, and resources to help you manage your pain. Tackling a health problem as big and as complex as chronic pain is no small feat, however, a team of researchers from HMRI and the University of Newcastle is dedicated to easing the burden that pain sufferers experience and changing the way care is delivered through innovation and collaboration.

Click here to find out more and to register
Stroke Survivors – reduce your risk of having another stroke using video calls
Exercise and a good diet after stroke will reduce the risk of having another stroke in the future. 


Researchers are testing programs for people who have had a stroke. The aim is to increase your physical activity and improve your diet. Best of all, these programs are delivered over the internet so there’s no need to leave your home to participate.

Click here to find out more
Living STRONGer for Longer
Would you or someone you know benefit from being stronger? Researchers are looking for volunteers 65 years and over to participate in a home based diet and exercise program designed to increase muscle strength and physical function.

Click here to find out more
Understanding Breathlessness in Asthma
Researchers are inviting people with asthma to participate in a study aiming to understand breathlessness

Click here to find out more
How Diet affects Asthma Medications
Help us find the right type of asthma medication for you. Researchers are looking for volunteers with asthma to participate in a study looking at how diet affects asthma medications.

Click here to find out more
Treatment of Acute Cough in Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (TAC)
We are conducting a research study into an early intervention for cough following an upper respiratory tract infection, also known as the 'common cold'

Click here to find out more
 Australian Post-Stroke Health and Well-Being Survey

Researchers need people who have had a stroke to share their experiences. They want to find out about your current health and well-being, and about the type of treatment and care you received after your stroke.

Click here to find out more
Have you had a TIA or 'mini-stroke'? You can help!
Researchers are inviting people who have had a TIA or ‘mini-stroke’ to come to four (4) appointments at HMRI across a 6-month period. They would take measurements from you including blood tests and a small hair sample to understand more about stroke prevention.

Click here to find out more
Have you had a stroke in the last 14 weeks? Join our arm function study 

Researchers are seeking volunteers for a study looking at rehabilitation of arm function after stroke.

The study would involve assessments of arm and hand function, before and after a 6 week period, during which training may be given to improve arm and hand function. There will also be a follow-up assessment after 6 months.

Click here to find out more

Mitigating Menstrual Migranes
Researchers are seeking premenopausal women aged 18 years and over to participate in a clinical trial that is investigating whether a nutritional supplement (resveratrol) can prevent menstrual migraines.

Click here to find out more
Stroke fatigue - wakefulness drug
Researchers are looking for people with debilitating fatigue after stroke to test a wakefulness medication called modafinil.

Click here to find out more
Can you read between the lines in social situations?
Researchers are seeking volunteers, 30-65 years, to help validate a new measure of social skills.

Click here to find out more
What about new dads? - The WAND Study
Researchers are seeking fathers of infants to complete a 15-minute online survey investigating the relationships between postnatal thoughts and parental wellbeing.  

Click here to find out more
Would you like a trial run at being a new parent?
Researchers are seeking new parents of infants aged 1 to 13 months to trial a new game-based learning experience.

Click here to find out more
Eating4Two
Healthy eating and weight gain in pregnancy.

Click here to find out more
Asthma Management During Pregnancy

The Breathing for Life Trial (BLT): a randomised trial of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO)-based management of asthma during pregnancy and its impact on perinatal outcomes and infant and childhood respiratory health.

Click here to find out more

HeLP

Knowledge truly is power and the musculoskeletal health team wants to empower people in pain with as much knowledge as possible to help you make better decisions about your health and the care you receive.  That’s why they’ve just launched the HeLP (Healthy lifestyle for back pain) e-course.  A FREE, ten-day education series that gets delivered straight to your inbox daily packed with science based information, tips and resources to help you manage your pain. Tackling a health problem as big and as complex as chronic pain is no small feat, however a team of researchers from HMRI and the University of Newcastle are dedicated to easing the burden that pain sufferers experience and changing the way care is delivered through innovation and collaboration.

Click here to find out more and to register

 

FIND OUT ABOUT
CLINICAL TRIALS

At any time, there are thousands of clinical trials taking place across the world in a wide range of disease and health areas. Those who participate in clinical trials and other studies are often the first to access and benefit from new and emerging treatments across a range of areas.

The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry is an online registry that allows you to search for clinical trials currently available in Australia and New Zealand.

You can search the ANZCTR by location and disease or health area.

The search function on ANZCTR allows you to conduct either a basic search or an advanced search of clinical trials available on the ANZCTR database. Once you find a relevant trial, you will be able to contact the health care or research professional listed as the 'public contact' on the trial record for more information.

If you wish to search of clinical trials for a local trial, try putting the location and health or disease area in the search field. For example, Asthma, Newcastle.

To find out more information about how to be part of clinical trial, the first important step is to find out more information about clinical trials in general and what is involved in being part of a clinical trial.

There is a lot of information available online about the clinical trial process, the ethics and regulation of clinical trials and why a person would want to be a part of a trial in Australia.

A good place to start is the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council.

You can find out a great deal of information about clinical trials by visiting the site below.

Who Can Help?

You can also talk to any health professional involved in your care about upcoming clinical trials. This includes general practitioners (GPs), specialists, or nursing or allied health professionals. Your health care team may be able to provide general information about clinical trials and could have information on clinical trials that are relevant to you.

Support groups or consumer health organisations with an interest in a particular disease or condition that you are interested in may also have information on trials, or be able to provide contact information for other patients who have been involved in trials.

FOR RESEARCHERS -
RESEARCH PROJECT SUPPORT

HMRI offers a range of services to support HMRI affiliated researchers throughout each stage their research project.

These services include: