Clinical Research

Clinical research studies, such as clinical trials, are ways of testing how well treatments work and how safe they are. They play a key role in driving discoveries for new treatment, managing conditions and searching for a cure.

Clinical trials are usually developed to observe the effect of new treatments or new ways of using known treatments on humans – such as comb treatments. Before a new drug treatment can be made available widely, it will need to pass several stages of testing – this is where trials come in.

When a new treatment is undergoing a clinical trial, large numbers of people may be required to participate to produce meaningful results. A clinical trial may involve people both in Australia and overseas.

Current clinical trials

Lung Foundation Australia collaborates with a number of organisations to facilitate participation in the development, conduct, evaluation and reporting of clinical trials in lung disease.  These include:

A randomised controlled trial of mask use in control of respiratory outcomes during bushfire season

There is a gap in evidence about the use of face masks, P2 masks or avoidance of outdoor air in reducing the physiological impacts of prolonged bushfire smoke exposure on exacerbations of asthma and other respiratory conditions. There is no clinical trial efficacy data to support the choice and use of facemasks, P2 masks or staying indoors for protection against bushfire smoke.

The aim of this research is to determine the impact effect of bushfire smoke exposure and of the use of surgical masks and P2 respirators on adverse respiratory outcomes during bushfire season in New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Adults 18 years and over
  • Living in a bushfire prone area (as defined by fire services in NSW, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania and South Australia)
  • Living with asthma or COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis).

Exclusion criteria:

  • <18 years old
  • Facial hair – beard, moustache, stubble (due to fit of masks)

To find out more and register your interest click here. 

Get involved in a clinical trial

Lung Foundation Australia does not endorse any research study listed on this website. Participation in any trial is voluntary and it’s important you understand what is involved before you take part and are satisfied that your health and privacy will be protected. In Australia, clinical trials must follow the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines and have approval from a registered Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you have concerns about a research project or clinical trial, you can make a complaint to the Human Research Ethics Committee that approved the study.