How can I become involved in medical research?
In the majority of cases, QIMR Berghofer’s clinical trial participants are recruited through referral by registered healthcare providers, such as GPs and specialists. If you are interested in being involved in clinical trials, the first step is to search the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trial Register, which maintains a comprehensive directory of all trials being conducted in Australia and New Zealand. Having identified an appropriate trial in the register, you can then discuss your potential candidacy with your registered healthcare provider.
There are other clinical trials and research studies being conducted by QIMR Berghofer that may be relevant for you or someone you know. These select trials and studies, listed below, enable you to register your interest directly with the Institute.
Asthma treatment: QIMR Berghofer scientists are leading a clinical trial for a new asthma treatment, tocilizumab. Mild asthmatics and people who had asthma when young, but no longer suffer from the condition, are invited to participate. All participants need to be generally healthy, a non-smoker, and aged between 18-65 years. Find out more about the study and how to participate.
Asthma genetics: QIMR Berghofer is leading the largest study of asthma genetics in Australia to identify genes that increase a person’s risk of developing asthma. We are looking for people who have had asthma, but no longer experience symptoms to participate in the study. Free call 1800 257 179 or visit the asthma study website for more information.
The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is a global effort to identify genes that contribute to eating disorders. Researchers in the United States, Sweden, Australia, and Denmark will collect clinical information and blood samples from over 8,000 individuals with and without an eating disorder. Your contribution would include a brief 30-minute interview and a blood sample.
You can participate in this research project yourself, or, you can refer someone you feel would be interested in participating in this study. Free call 1800 257 179 or visit the ANGI website for more information.
Mental health and depression
We are recruiting older healthy volunteers to participate in mental health studies. If you wish to register now, we will keep your name and contact details in a secure database and contact you when we have an upcoming experiment that may be suitable.
Email Michael.Breakspear@qimrberghofer.edu.au and provide your name, address, date of birth and phone number. We will contact you before any potentially suitable experiments and send you a brief health screening questionnaire and participant information sheet.
QIMR Berghofer has a new study that aims to identify risk factors that will help predict which women may be at risk of developing severe morning sickness. The goal of the study is to improve the treatment options for women with severe morning sickness, by allowing earlier intervention. If you are over 18 and have been pregnant at least once, find out more about participating in this study, or email email@example.com
The Queensland Twin Registry (QTwin) is a population-based registry of identical and non-identical twins. We are currently seeking participants:
- from South-East Qld – identical or non-identical twins eight years and older
- from Qld, NSW and Vic – identical or non-identical twins aged 65-90 years.
Free call 1800 257 179 to be automatically directed to twin studies in your area.