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We need volunteers!

The Garvan Institute regularly conducts clinical trials on a wide variety of subjects. Clinical trials are important for a number of reasons:

  • They can improve outcomes for patients
  • They can help to further medical and scientific research
  • The government can use the information unlocked in a trial to decide if a new drug will receive funding

For a full list of currently recruiting clinical trials associated with Garvan please see the Australian Clinical Trials website


Molecular screening and therapeutic trials

While there is excellent evidence that participation in clinical trials is associated with better outcomes,  people with less common cancers have little access to standard clinical trials because they are not financially feasible to run for the small numbers of patients with one ‘rare’ cancer or another.

An additional key focus at the Garvan Institute is molecular screening and therapeutic trials (MoST). MoST personalises experimental treatment based on an individual’s unique personal and cancer genetic profile, helping to treat patients experiencing rare cancers.

Find out more about MoST >


Appetite study

Gastric emptying time is the time taken for food to leave the stomach and may affect your appetite and satiety. We are looking for healthy normal or overweight male volunteers who are between the age of 20 and 52 to participate in our trial investigating 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  (St Vincent’s HREC Ref 15/SVH/437)


Prediabetes study

Volunteers needed for a study testing blood sugar control in response to diabetes medications or weight loss. We are looking for men and women aged 20-70 years who DO NOT have diabetes, but have an increased risk of developing diabetes (e.g. have had an occasional increased blood sugar, or have had gestational diabetes, or a family history of type 2 diabetes). Study visits are conducted at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Principal Investigators: Professor Jerry Greenfield and Dr Dorit Samocha-Bonet.

For further information please contact:

Phone (02) 9295 8215 or email  (St Vincent’s HREC Ref SVH 17/080)