Studies Seeking Community Participation

The scope of Menzies research is broad, and not all of our work requires participation from volunteers. However the studies listed below are looking for participants now. Studies are carefully designed and therefore research participants sometimes need to meet specific criteria to be eligible.

The Tasmanian Chronic Kidney Disease Study is seeking people over 18 years of age who have severe chronic kidney disease (eGFR less than 30mls/min/1.73m2) AND who are not receiving dialysis or a kidney transplant. Participation requires an appointment for one to two hours. Contact: or (03) 6226 7700 or email.

QUARTET: An investigator initiated and conducted, multicentre, randomised double blind controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of ultra-low-dose quadruple combination therapy ('LDQT') in patients with hypertension. Contact: or (03) 6226-4802.

The Menzies Blood Pressure Clinic is a community service offered to help improve the care of people with problems related to high blood pressure. The clinic uses the latest methods dedicated to the investigation and management of high blood pressure. People referred to the clinic undergo various blood pressure tests, as well as comprehensive risk assessments. A report is then sent to the referring GP detailing blood pressure measures together with a suggested treatment regimen. All services are bulk-billed.‚Äč Contact: (03) 6226-4710 or

PPMS: Primary Progressive MS Study into risk factors for the onset and rate of progression of Primary Progressive MS. Contact: Alice Saul (03) 6226-4269 or

AMSLS: The Australian MS Longitudinal Study to provide data of practical use for improving the lives of Australians living with MS. Contact: Kirsty Hawkes (03) 6226-4739 or,

The OMM Study: developing a questionnaire for mindfulness research. Participants will have either already done, or be signed up to do a mindfulness course. More information: Contact or (03) 6226 4723.

KAROAKE: A randomised trial of krill oil for osteoarthritis of the knee to examine use of krill oil to improve knee pain and slow down progression of knee osteoarthritis. Participants must be:  aged 40 years or more; have significant knee pain and swelling most days for at least six months; able to have a knee MRI. Contact: or (03) 6226-7648

INVEST: INvestigating obEsity Surgery in Tasmania. Participants needto have been referred to a surgeon for weight loss surgery. Contact: Dr Michelle Kilpatrick,, 03 6226-4630. 

Genetics of Eye Diseases for genetic studies in diabetic retinopathy (participants should have Type 2 Diabetes treated with medication for at least 5 years, or Type 1 Diabetes); keratconus (participants should have keratoconus diagnosed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist); and advanced glaucoma (participants should have any type of glaucoma with severe vision loss treated by an ophthalmologist). Contact: or (03) 62264731

AirRater is recruiting people in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory with asthma, hay fever or other lung conditions, or carers of those with these conditions.  Contact: 1800 322 102 or

STAREE: STAtins in Reducing Events in the Elderly investigating whether a statin can prolong good health and maintain independence among people aged 70 years and older. Contact: or 1800 770 664

Caught-CAD: Reducing Risk of Coronary Artery Disease in Families is looking for people who are between 40-70 years of age; have a close family member (parent, brother or sister) who has had a heart attack, stent or surgery under the age of 60, and are not currently taking a statin. Contact: Kristyn Whitmore (03) 6226-4235