Find a clinical trial

Lung Foundation Australia aim to be the go to resource for people who are living with a lung condition to find a clinical trial.  We are currently exploring how we can keep an up to date list of clinical trials in lung research that are recruiting in Australia – check back with us soon for regular updates.

While we are pulling this information together here is some information that will assist you to find a clinical trial in Australia.

The Australian Government has undertaken initiatives to improve the clinical trials environment in Australia.  The Australian Clinical Trials website provides information for consumers and health professionals about clinical trials and how to find a clinical trial.  Please visit their website for more information, here.

Other sources to find a clinical trial that may be suitable for you:

  • Speak with your healthcare providers (GP, specialist, or nursing or allied health professional) about trials that you may be suitable to participate in.
  • Clinical Trial Registries allow you to search and find clinical trials in Australia. The two main registries are:
    • Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR). The ANZCTR is an online registry of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Click here.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world including Australia. Click here.
  • An Australian Cancer specific trials registry has been developed by Cancer Australia. This website contains/provides information that displays the latest clinical trials in cancer care, including trials that are currently recruiting new participants. Click here.

Each site explains how to search the site for trials by the disease or condition that you are interested in.  Some websites also allow you to register your details and receive information on potentially suitable trials when they become available, or allow researchers to access your information and approach you directly.

Lung Foundation Australia is often approached to help advertise clinical trials to our lung disease patients for their consideration to participate in the study.  Studies listed below are open to recruitment please contact the study contacts if you want further information.

8th March 2017

The Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Hospital in Brisbane and the Royal Melbourne Hospital are seeking men and women with COPD and those with healthy lungs to participate in an influenza research study.

Influenza infection is a frequent and important problem in COPD.  Influenza can have severe consequences in these patients, leading to acute exacerbations of COPD, pneumonia and respiratory failure.  COPD patients are thus recognised as a group at particular risk of influenza and current guidelines recommend yearly influenza vaccination.  It has been suggested that people with COPD may have an aberrant immune response to influenza viruses and as such, they may be less able to effectively mount an immune response to influenza vaccination.

Aim of the study

The aim of the study is to find out how the vaccine affects the immune system in different people and why it works better in some people than others.

Who can participate?

If you are aged between 50 and 85, with or without COPD, and have not already had your influenza vaccination for 2017, you are invited to take part in this research project.

If you have already received your influenza vaccination in 2017 you can register your interest for participation in 2018.

For more information, contact the Respiratory Research Nurse at the study sites:

The study is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council grant.  The study has the approval of the Human Research and Ethics Committee, Princess Alexandra Hospital HREC/09/QPAH/297 and Royal Melbourne Hospital HREC.2015.059

A clinical trial to assess the relief of breathlessness using low-dose morphine is currently underway by the Australian Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). This study will build on previous work of the Collaborative. It will test how effective different ranges of low-dose morphine capsules taken each morning are when compared with placebo in relieving breathlessness.

The study, led by Professor David Currow, Chief Investigator, Flinders University, is nicknamed BEAMS and is short for Breathlessness, Exertion and Morphine Sulphate.

The BEAMS Study is looking for eligible people with COPD to take part. If you are:

  • breathless when doing day-to-day things despite the underlying causes being treated, and
  • on stable medications, you may be eligible.

If you live in Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Nambour or Perth and are willing/able to attend clinic visits, please contact PaCCSC on 08 7421 9726 or email paccsc@uts.edu.au

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