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How can I become involved in medical research?
QIMR is leading the largest study of asthma genetics in Australia (the Australian Asthma Genetics Consortium) to identify genes that increase a person's risk of developing asthma. This study brings together the leading asthma genetics researchers from throughout Australia, including researchers from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Western Australia, Woolcock Institute and the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital.
Celiac disease and hookworms
QIMR was previously involved in a clinical trial for celiac disease as part of a collaboration with the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Anton Breinl Centre. The trial involves a small group of healthy people with celiac disease and seeks to establish whether low doses of hookworm larvae can inhibit the immune response responsible for the illness experienced by celiac sufferers. It is hoped that this trial will eventually help to identify new ways of inhibiting autoimmunity and improve the quality of life for people with celiac disease.
There is a second trial coming up, but currently they do not have a start date.
If you wish to be involved please contact Di Jones:
M +61 403 757 141
For more information on a range of clinical trials, QIMR would encourage you to consult the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trial Register (ANZCTR) which is a comprehensive directory of all clinical trials being conducted across Australia and New Zealand. ANZCTR can be found online at www.anzctr.org.au or +61 2 9562 5333.
Alternatively, you may wish to speak with your GP or medical specialist regarding your potential candidacy for any relevant trials.
In the future, we hope to recruit 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.
Please let us know 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.
QSkin is the largest medical research study ever conducted in Australia. QSkin will invite more than 200,000 men and women from Queensland to participate in a study in an effort to increase our understanding of the factors that underlie skin cancer risk.
With the information gathered from QSkin, researchers will develop a tool that doctors and patients can use to predict a person’s future risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers.
QIMR researchers are looking for volunteers aged between 40 and 69 years to take the QSkin survey. To register for the survey, visit www.qskin.qimr.edu.au .
The Queensland Twin Registry (QTwin) is a population-based registry of identical and non-identical twins.
QTwin is currently seeking participants:
a) From South-East Qld – identical or non-identical twins eight years and older
b) From Qld, NSW and Vic – identical or non-identical twins aged 65–90 years
Please 1800 257 179 (freecall) to be automatically directed to twin studies in your area. More information can also be found online at: www.qtwin.org.au
In the majority of cases, QIMR'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 consult the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trial Register (ANZCTR) 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.
T +61 2 9562 5333