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.

JOINT PAIN

METHODS: A randomised controlled trial of methotrexate to treat hand osteoarthritis with synovitis is seeking participants aged 40 -75 years with moderate to severe hand joint pain who are interested in taking part in a study that aims to reduce pain and swelling and slow joint damage in people with symptomatic hand osteoarthritis and synovitis. Contact: Kathy Buttigieg on 03 6226 6909 or Kathy.Buttigieg@utas.edu.au.
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KARAOKE: 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: Carole.Goff@utas.edu.au or (03) 6226 4648.

Knee pain? We are looking for people aged 45 years and older who have received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee to take part in a short interview. The interview will focus on your perspective about the causes and progression of osteoarthritis. Your experience in the use of drug (pain relief medications) and non-drug management (like diet and exercise) of osteoarthritis. We would also like to hear your perspective on the role of health professionals in the management of osteoarthritis patients. Please contact:  Jen Makin on +61 3 6226 4267 or Jen.Makin@utas.edu.au

Parkrun for knee pain: We are seeking people aged 45 and over who are not currently very active but interested in taking part in a weekly walking group for 4 weeks. This is a short feasibility study to determine the use of parkrun as a strategy to promote physical activity in people with knee osteoarthritis. Contact Laura.Sutton@utas.edu.au or phone (03) 6226 5513.

DICKENS: A randomised controlled trial of diacerein to treat knee osteoarthritis with effusion-synovitis. We are seeking participants ages 45 – 64 with significant knee pain and localised swelling to participate in a 24 week trial to test the use of this anti-inflammatory to improve knee pain, reduce swelling and slow down the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Participants must be able to have a knee MRI and have access to email and web browsing. Contact: Kathy Buttigieg on 03 6226 6909 or Kathy.Buttigieg@utas.edu.au. Click here for more information.

The WALK study is seeking people aged 45 and over who are currently suffering from knee pain. We are looking for people who are not currently very active, but interested in taking part in a free supervised walking program (twice per week for six months). Contact: Kate Probert on (03) 6226 7746 or katherine.probert@utas.edu.au.

Seeking GPs and orthopaedic surgeons for a short interview. The interview will focus on your perspective about the causes and progression of osteoarthritis. Your experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with osteoarthritis as well as your perspective on the role of other health professionals in the management of osteoarthritis patients. Please contact:  Jen Makin on +61 3 6226 4267 or Jen.Makin@utas.edu.au

CARDIOVASCULAR

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: staree@monash.edu or 1800 770 664

QUARTET: A trial to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of ultra-low-dose quadruple combination therapy ('LDQT') in patients with hypertension. Contact: Helen.Steane@utas.edu.au or 6226-4803.

The Menzies Blood Pressure Clinic is a community service offered to help improve the care of people with problematic 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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

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 ppms.study@utas.edu.au
www.menzies.utas.edu.au/PPMS

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 AMSLS.Info@utas.edu.au, www.msra.org.au/AMSLS

OTHER DISEASE AREAS

Sedentary behaviour in primary care. We are seeking GPs to give their opinion on sedentary behaviour assessment and management in primary care. This will involve a choice of a 30-minute interview over the phone or in person at a time and place convenient for you. Contact: jen.makin@utas.edu.au or 6226 4267.

Standing Tall – Cognition and Gait: Randomised control trial involving a six-month home balance and cognitive training program is seeking people 60 years and over who have noticed decline in memory or thinking or have been diagnosed by a health professional with mild cognitive impairment. Must live within 50km of Hobart and not have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or dementia. Contact:  Standing.Tall@menzies.utas.edu.au or phone 03 6226 7766 and please leave contact details.  For the participant information sheet click here. For the consent  form click here.

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: maria.cooper@dhhs.tas.gov.au or (03) 62264731

AirRater is recruiting people in Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory with asthma, hay fever or other lung conditions, or carers of those with these conditions.  Contact: 1800 322 102 or air.rater@utas.edu.au