Volunteer

Become a research participant

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. By donating your time, you will help us provide excellence in the care of others.

Research projects we’ve just added:

Exercise to improve balance, stepping and thinking speed to reduce falls in MS
i-FOCIS – Preventing Falls in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia
Standing Tall – A home-based balance exercise program
Volunteers for Vision, Posture and Balance Study (Optic Flow)
Vestibular (balance) Function
Frontotemporal Dementia Research
An MRI Study of Emotion Processing in Young People
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Changes in tissue elasticity throughout childhood and adolescence
We are currently seeking healthy research participants
Register as a healthy research participant here
Although our research focuses on understanding disorders of the brain and nervous system, we also need healthy participants over the age of 18 years. Healthy participants are essential to our research as a comparison group to measure the changes in affected individuals.

How often will we need you?

We will ask you participate in a research project on average every other year. Occasionally, we may ask you to participate more often, 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
  • 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).

If you would like to register or find out more, please complete the online registration form, contact us on 02 9399 1155 or email us at volunteers@neura.edu.au.

Download our Research Participant Information Brochure (PDF)

We are currently seeking participants for the following research studies:

(Please click on the links below for more information and contact details)

Healthy adults:

Vestibular (balance) Function
Frontotemporal Dementia Research
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
HIV-associated dementia
Mother-infant attachment
Probabilistic association learning, schizotypal personality traits, and striatal function
Brain control of movement
Motorcycle or scooter riders willing to take part in research about their experiences as a rider
Older adults:

i-FOCIS – Preventing Falls in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia
Standing Tall – A home-based balance exercise program
Volunteers for Vision, Posture and Balance Study (Optic Flow)
People with multiple sclerosis:

Exercise to improve balance, stepping and thinking speed to reduce falls in MS
People with stroke:

Improving rehabilitation after stroke
People with chronic lower back pain (LBP):

The PREVENT study into lower back pain
People with obstructive sleep apnoea:

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
People experiencing dizziness:

Understanding dizziness
People with mood disorders:

Mother-infant attachment
People with schizophrenia:

Canakinumab Add-on Treatment for Schizophrenia (CATS)
tDCS treatment for auditory hallucinations and thinking problems in people with schizophrenia
People with Parkinson’s disease:

Brain control of movement
People with restless legs syndrome:

Brain control of movement
Children and adolescents:

In-depth study of Child Car Seat Materials
Children’s Motorcycle and Off Road Vehicle Study
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.
Changes in tissue elasticity throughout childhood and adolescence
Online motor imagery task
Brain development in children and adolescents
Are you thinking of participating and need to have an MRI?
Here’s what to expect if you will be having an MRI scan as part of your study.