As a research participant at NeuRA, you will play a critical role in helping us advance the treatment and understanding of many diseases and conditions. If you are interested in a particular study click on the relevant link below: the study page will provide you with more detailed information and contact details.


Research projects you can volunteer for:

Muscle and tendon properties in healthy and stroke populations (older adults)
Muscle and tendon properties in children with cerebral palsy (children and adolescents)
Step training for people with MS (People with multiple sclerosis)
Smartstep – balance and brain training (older adults)
Improving hand sensory and motor function after stroke (People with stroke)
i-FOCIS – Preventing Falls in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (older adults)
Standing Tall – A home-based balance exercise program (older adults)
Volunteers for Vision, Posture and Balance Study (Optic Flow) (older adults)
Frontotemporal Dementia Research (healthy adults)
An MRI Study of Emotion Processing in Young People
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (People with obstructive sleep apnoea) (healthy adults)

Improving rehabilitation after stroke (People with stroke)

The PREVENT study into lower back pain (People with chronic lower back pain)

HIV-associated dementia (healthy adults)

Mother-infant attachment (healthy adults) (people with mood disorders)

Probabilistic association learning, schizotypal personality traits, and striatal function (healthy adults)

Brain control of movement (healthy adults) (people with Parkinson’s disease) (people with restless legs syndrome)

Motorcycle or scooter riders willing to take part in research about their experiences as a rider (healthy adults)

Understanding dizziness (people experiencing dizziness)

Canakinumab Add-on Treatment for Schizophrenia (CATS) (people with schizophrenia)
tDCS treatment for auditory hallucinations and thinking problems in people with schizophrenia (people with schizophrenia)

In-depth study of Child Car Seat Materials (children and adolescents)
Children’s Motorcycle and Off Road Vehicle Study (children and adolescents)
EMPATHY: An MRI study of emotion processing in boys with aggressive behavior and other conduct problems and boys without a history of mental health problems. (children and adolescents)
Changes in tissue elasticity throughout childhood and adolescence (children and adolescents)
Online motor imagery task (children and adolescents)
Brain development in children and adolescents (children and adolescents)


You can also volunteer as a healthy research participant

Healthy participants are essential to our research as a comparison group, if you are over the age of 18 years you are eligible to volunteer. Register your interest as a healthy research volunteer here.

Research Participant Information Brochure (PDF)

How often will we need you?

We will ask you participate on average every other year, but never more than three times per year. Participation is always entirely voluntary on each occasion.

What is involved?

Once enrolled as a research participant, we may invite you to take part in one or more research studies or activities such as:

  • interviews or questionnaires
  • cognitive assessments
  • physical tests
  • physiological recordings
  • imaging studies – having an MRI scan: what to expect
  • collection of saliva or blood samples

In each instance, we will provide you with full details of the proposed study and ask for your written consent prior to participation. In most studies, you may be eligible for reimbursement of any expenses you may incur (e.g. parking or travel-related costs).

What do I do next?

If you would like to register or find out more, please complete the online registration form here. You can also contact us on 02 9399 1071 or email us at volunteers@neura.edu.au