CLINICAL TRIALS & Research Studies

With support from you, researchers at TRI can continue to fight disease. At TRI, researchers and clinicians are translating research discoveries into better patient care. An important part of this process is testing new treatments, interventions, diagnostic tools and screening methods through clinical trials. There's also a variety of studies and research papers underway at TRI and these often require participants to assist.

These trials, which are run under very strict guidelines and safety measures, test: 

  • new drugs
  • cells and other biological products
  • vaccines
  • medical devices
  • surgical and other medical treatments and procedures
  • psychotherapeutic and behavioural therapies
  • health service changes
  • preventive care strategies and
  • educational interventions

The following partner organisations are currently looking for clinical trial or research study participants:

Do you have brown fat?

We are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in a study to investigate the effect of macronutrients on the activity of brown fat.

What is involved:

  • PET scan of the neck region to determine if you have brown fat.
  • 4 visits to Clinical Research Facility at Princess Alexandra Hospital where you will be given a test meal (shake drink) of 400 Calories made of one type of macronutrient, or a mix. One meal will be given at each visit e.g. fat, carbohydrate, protein or mixed meal.
  • Infrared thermography at each visit to test the temperature of the skin overlying the location of brown fat.
  • Measurement of the effects of the test meal on your metabolic rate.

Time involved:

  • Each visit will take approximate 4 ½ hours
  • Visits are spread at least 1 week apart.

For more information Contact Dr Veronique Cachay (Lead Investigator) [email protected] or 
Deborah Gilroy (Research Nurse) [email protected]

Naevi, Skin, Moles & Melanoma Studies

The CRE for the Study of Naevi has several research trials currently underway.

"It is our aim to improve consumers’ effectiveness in the timely detection of suspicious lesions and, in so doing, to ultimately reduce the morbidity, mortality, cost and suffering associated with advanced disease."

> Click here for the latest clinical trials at the CRE for the Study of Naevi

Gardisal (HPV) Vaccine clinical trials

To register for clinical trials and further research into Gardisal HPV Vaccine, and to find out if you are elligible, please visit: 


University of Queensland is conducting research project on antiviral immunity in asthmatic people to understand why asthmatic people suffer from worse colds and flus. We need both healthy and asthmatic men and women to participate in the study and donate 40ml of blood. Participation takes place at PA hospital and takes only 15 minutes, which includes blood donation and a simple questionnaire. All samples and information will be treated confidentially. This study has ethics approval from the Metro South and UQ Research Ethics Committees.

To participate visit or contact [email protected] or call 07 3443 7133


The role of genetics in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is well established but other factors are also involved. Our clinical study aims at understanding the intricate relationships between rheumatoid arthritis, genetics and environmental factors. 

We are recruiting: 

  • Healthy controls (anyone without RA)
  • First degree relatives of people with RA (siblings, parents or children)
  • RA Patients

For more information, contact [email protected]

T4DM: research study using diet and testosterone treatment to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The aim of T4DM is diabetes prevention. The study looks into whether testosterone treatment combined with lifestyle change can prevent type 2 diabetes in men who have prediabetes and low testosterone.

T4DM is recruiting 1500 Australian men who do not have diabetes to join the study for around two years.
Participants will receive free access to Weight Watchers and treatment with either testosterone or placebo. 

Visit the T4DM website for further information.

Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Queensland

For Researchers
Information about clinical trials research activities at APCRC–Q

For Patients
Information for people with prostate cancer who are interested in participating in a clinical trial.

Evaluating Immunotherapy for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
A global clinical study evaluating an investigational vaccine-based immunotherapy (PROSTVAC- V/F + GM-CSF) for metastatic prostate cancer.

Evaluation of New Imaging Techniques for Localised Prostate Cancer Patients
Evaluation of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with a [68Ga]gallium-labelled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) ligand for the Detection of Multiple Cancer Foci in Localized Prostate Cancer Patients.

Australian Clinical Trials Registry

Recently the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) launched a website directory featuring a searchable listing of clinicial trials in Australia. Factsheets, tips and instructions are available in sections with guides for both consumers and research teams.

> Click to visit the Australian NHMRC clinicial trials website