IHMRI's Clinical Research and Trials Unit (CRTU) is a purpose-built facility located within the IHMRI Headquarters on the University of Wollongong (UOW) campus.
The CRTU is the only facility in the region dedicated solely to clinical research. The 1500 square metre unit is designed for a broad range of clinical studies including nutrition and lifestyle interventions, psychology research, physical activity and movement studies and pharmacological studies.
The unit includes some dedicated facilities to support targeted research areas including for example:
- the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) which is analysing the positive and negative health effects of low frequency radiation from mobile phones, including effects on the brain using EEG and sleep research methods
- a Neural Control of Movement Laboratory for studying human movement and how people reach, touch or grasp objects while sitting or standing and how the ageing or damaged brain may affect these movements.
The unit is also well-established as a site for sponsored clinical trials, currently conducting or having recently undertaken trials including:
- Asthma medication study (using existing medication in a new way to see if can improve asthma management).
- Over Active Bladder (OAB) - testing safety and tolerability of a new combination of drugs to improve the symptoms of OAB.
- COMPOSE - a clinical study to assess the safety and potential efficacy of a compound to improve memory, language and learning in people with Down Syndrome.
- Obesity study - a placebo-controlled weight loss study of an investigational medication.
- Osteoarthritis study - assessing the effectiveness of a new drug to relieve pain.
- Gout study - an evaluation of an investigational drug to see whether, when combined with allopurinol, it reduces high uric acid levels in the blood.
- Cold sores - testing an investigational mouth wash to reduce duration of cold sore episodes.
- Shingles vaccine - a long running trials involving 31,000 people in 18 countries (the vaccine was shown to be 97 per cent successful in protecting older people from shingles, as reported to the New England Journal of Medicine).
For the benefit of Illawarra residents, the CRTU also hosts a Hypertension Clinic to evaluate the effectiveness of National Heart Foundation guidelines for managing hypertension.
Information for participants
Community members who are currently participating - or considering participation - in clinical trials can find further information in the Our Community section.