Participate in Research

The SRI helps coordinate opportunities for people to take part in spinal cord injury research. If you have a spinal cord injury, there may be current and future clinical trials that you can participate in.

The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) has developed a factsheet about clinical trials that provides useful information.



Participating in Research Projects

What is a clinical research project?

Clinical Research is the research that involves people, not animals.

Why do we need clinical research projects?

People suffer medical problems that affect their quality of life. The aim of research is to find new ways to improve the quality of lives of people with SCI.

What does a clinical research project involve?

What is involved in a research project can vary depending on what the researchers are investigating.

  • Interviews, questionnaires and surveys
  • Imaging studies such as x-rays or MRI scans
  • Clinical trials: These types of studies are explained in more detail below

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are sets of tests designed to answer particular medical questions.

This may involve in research and drug development that generate safety and effectiveness data for health interventions. Clinical trials are conducted only after satisfactory information has been gathered on the quality of the non-clinical (laboratory) safety of the intervention and were ethically approved. For all studies patient safety is the first concern.

Why would I take part in a clinical trial?

Taking part in a clinical trial can contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and, in some cases, can lead to improved health for yourself or others with spinal cord injury.

What are potential benefits and risks?

Potential benefits can include:

  • Gaining access to new treatments that are not yet available to the public
  • Keeping up to date with medical advances by working with world leading researchers

Potential risks can include:

  • The new treatment, intervention or test may not work for you
  • There may be unpleasant or serious side effects associated with the new treatment, intervention or test  
  • The need for additional treatment, tests, hospital visits and time

Which questions should I ask?

For a list of potential questions to ask the Clinical Research Liaison Officer (CRLO) and research team, please download the following document:


How can I be part of a clinical trial?

Talk to your treating doctor or contact the CRLOs:

Janette Alexander – - 03 9496 5218

Melinda Millard – - 03 9496 5906

Our Mission

Spinal Research Institute (SRI) is a not-for-profit spinal cord research charity. Our mission is to support world class clinical research and clinical trials. We provide means for Australian and international spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers to build much needed collaboration and to translate research outcomes into life changing health solutions for people living with SCI.

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