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Clinical research

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are the formal testing of new medical treatments for humans and are vital to measure the effects and safety of new medicines and other treatments before they become widely available to the public.

Clinical trials are strictly regulated by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans, Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who make the final decision about the safety of new treatments, medicine and devices. Visit www.tga.gov.au.

Do you want to make a difference?

You don’t have to be a scientist to make a difference. You can help the scientists at Mater Research develop their research by donating blood and bone marrow for research or participating in a clinical trial.

Donating blood

Volunteers are needed to donate blood for our Mater Research blood donor program. The donated blood will be studied to understand how diseases develop and lead to identifying new treatment options for these diseases.

Up to 400 mls of blood can be donated to our research laboratories to carry out research on a range of study areas.

Initial screening of your blood will be carried out to test for antibodies to HTLV I and II infection, hepatitis B and C, HIV (AIDS), and syphilis. These tests are standard blood donation testing requirements as per the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and are done to ensure the blood used by our researchers is safe. In addition, you will be asked to complete a brief medical questionnaire to determine your suitability for one of our studies. All test results are kept strictly confidential and can be forwarded to your general practitioner upon request.

Can’t donate blood to the Red Cross?

You may still be able to donate blood for research purposes. Mater Research accepts many donors who are not able to donate to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Donating bone marrow

You can help the scientists at Mater Research develop their research by donating your bone marrow for research and receive $100.  

Who can help?

Healthy volunteers between ages 18-65 yrs are needed to donate bone marrow. Bone marrow is the tissue found inside the bone that produces new blood cells. The donated bone marrow will play an important role in developing new therapeutic treatment options for numerous medical conditions.

Donating bone marrow

Up to twenty (20) mLs (a tablespoon) of bone marrow is removed from the bone at the back of your hip. It can be donated to the research laboratories to carry out research on mesenchymal stromal cells.

To ensure the bone marrow used by our researchers is safe, initial blood test screening will be performed.

For further information please contact Mater Research's clinical research nurse on (07) 3163 1558 or clinicalstudies@mmri.mater.org.au


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