Clinical trials

Clinical trials

We need volunteers!

For a full list of current clinical trials, please visit Australian Clinical Trials or see below.

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Clinical trials are important for a number of reasons:

  • improving patient outcomes 
  • help advance medical and scientific research
  • government can use the results to make funding decisions (for e.g. new drugs). 

The Australian Parkinson's Mission will conduct a clinical trials program using repurposed drugs, integrated with transformative research, to identify effective treatments for people with Parkinson’s. The clinical trials are open to all people with Parkinson's disease — those who have been newly diagnosed, and those have been living with the disease. 

  • Patient recruitment will begin September 2019 in QLD, VIC and NSW, and then roll out to other states.

Please fill in our form to register your interest, and we'll add you to our mailing list. We'll keep you informed on key dates and clinical trial information.


The Garvan Mitochondrial Metabolism and Ageing group are currently looking for healthy male volunteers (aged between 18-35) to investigate the absorption profile of the nutritional supplement Ursolic Acid. 

Ursolic Acid is a natural compound found in fruit & veg. Studies in animals suggest it has potential to help build Muscle and prevent it from wasting away.  However, unfortunately, we don’t absorb much Ursolic Acid from the fruit & veg that we eat. Help us investigate how much we absorb from a new dietary supplement. 

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more then please contact: Dr Gareth Fletcher g.fletcher@garvan.org.au 


PREDICT prediabetes clinical trials

Volunteers are needed for a study testing blood sugar response to personalised diet and diabetes medication.

  • Find out what foods are right for you!
  • Tailor your diet to your unique gut microbiota.

We are looking for:

  • Men and women aged 20-70 years who have pre-diabetes (i.e. you've been told you're at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or you have had increased blood sugar in previous blood tests)
    OR
  • Been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (and not yet treated with a sugar-lowering medication).

The study is  conducted at the Garvan Institute, Darlinghurst, Sydney. You will be reimbursed for travel.

Phone: 9295 8215 or email PREDICT@garvan.org.au. HREC Approval: SVH 17/080. Read more about the research behind the trials.


Breast cancer clinical trials

We're currently running a number of clinical trials at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.


Molecular screening and therapeutic trials (rare & uncommon cancers)

The molecular screening and therapeutic trials (MoST) personalises experimental treatment based on an individual’s unique personal and cancer genetic profile, for patients with rare cancers.


Appetite study

Gastric emptying (the time taken for food to leave the stomach) may affect appetite and satiety. We are looking for healthy, normal or overweight male volunteers between the ages of 20 and 52. This study investigates appetite regulation and gastric emptying in a genetic form of obesity called Prader-Willi syndrome.

  • For further information please contact: Alex Viardot (02) 8382 2622 or email: pws@garvan.org.au
    (St Vincent’s HREC Ref 15/SVH/437)