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Volunteers Needed!

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

Cervical dystonia study

Cervical dystonia is a painful, neurological condition where muscles in the neck contact and spasm involuntarily. While there is treatment available for cervical dystonia, there is no cure.

We are running a clinical study sequencing the genomes of people who developed cervical dystonia at a young age (before 30 years) or people with a family history of cervical dystonia to try and identify the genes involved in the development of the disease.

More information:

If you are interested in taking part in the study, your doctor can refer you to see the neurologist leading the study, Dr Kishore Kumar, at the Neurogenetics Clinic at the Royal North Shore Hospital (Neurology, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW, 2065; Fax: 0294631058).

Human Brown Fat Research

There are two kinds of fat in the body. The majority of fat is white fat, which stores energy. When there is too much white fat, it leads to diabetes and other metabolic disorders. The other kind of fat is brown fat. It burns energy and releases the energy as heat. Animals with lots of brown fat are lean and metabolically healthy.

Recent research indicates adult humans have brown fat. Whether medication can increase brown fat in humans to improve metabolism is not known.

We are conducting clinical research to find out whether a medication can increase the amount of brown fat in humans.

We invite both men and women to participate in this study. You may be eligible if you are

  • 18-45 years old
  • body mass index <30 kg/m2
  • on only 1 medication for treatment of high blood pressure

More information:

Please contact Dr Paul Lee on (02) 9295 8416 or email


Parkinson’s Disease Study

We are looking for healthy volunteers to act as reference points in our search for desperately needed biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease. This entails a single visit to Garvan to donate roughly 15ml of blood. We are looking for people who are:

  • over the age of 55 years, and
  • do NOT have a neurodegenerative disorder (eg Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s disease) or neurological disorder (eg schizophrenia or depression)

More information:

Please contact A/Prof Antony Cooper (02) 9295 8238 or email (St Vincent’s HREC Ref SVH 14/138).