Projects Requiring Participants

December 11th 2017

Do you have lupus? If so, we would love to hear from you.

We are currently undertaking a study looking at the different ways that lupus may affect the feet.

We are looking for volunteers with lupus (regardless of whether you have specific foot problems or not) to attend a single one hour visit at the Auckland University of Technology. Parking is provided directly outside the building and any travel expenses will be reimbursed with petrol vouchers. At this visit, Sarah, a registered podiatrist (foot specialist) and research officer, will perform a range of assessments on your feet that are routinely used in podiatry. She will also ask you to complete some questionnaires about any problems you may experience with your feet and your footwear. Please see the Participant Information Sheet for more detail about the study.

To participate in this study you must be over 20 years of age, have a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by your doctor or rheumatologist, not have any other forms of inflammatory arthritis (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis or gout), and not have had any surgery to your feet or ankles in the past 3 months. Please click here to read the information sheet for further information.

If you think you may be interested in this study or have any questions, please contact Sarah Stewart on 0800 210 006 or sarah.stewart@aut.ac.nz.

 

December 7th 2017

DO YOU HAVE OSTEO-ARTHRITIS OR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS & LIVE IN THE BAY OF PLENTY 

Would you be interested in being part of a research trial on the effects of Shuzi Technology on Pain and Quality of Life in adults diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis (OA) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

We are currently recruiting 308 participants from the Bay of Plenty area whom have been diagnosed with OA or RA.  This requires a participant to wear a nylon bracelet which has technology embedded into it and will be worn over a six week period.  Questionnaires will be completed at the initial consult, end of week 1, week 3, and week 6 when returning the bracelet.

This is a randomised controlled, double blind trial.  This means that some candidates within the study will receive a bracelet that contains the Shuzi NVT technology and some will receive a bracelet that does not.

If you would like further information please contact the Co-ordinating Investigator, Desiree De Spong on 0275443424 or alternatively email on desiree@aetiology.co.nz whereby a Patient Information Sheet will be issued.

This research project has been approved under the Health and Disability Ethics Committee REF:17/NTB/133

 

October 13th 2017

Do you have osteoarthritis of your ankle? If so, we want to hear from you

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition affecting thousands of New Zealanders.

We are currently undertaking research exploring problems with balance and walking in people with ankle OA, and whether an ankle brace can help these problems. Participants will attend a single testing session of 1-2 hours at AUT’s North Shore Campus.

It is hoped that findings from this research will help us better understand balance and walking problems in people with ankle OA and give us new ideas about how best to treat these.

To participate in this study you must be over 18 years of age, have been told by your doctor that you have ankle OA, and currently live/be able to travel to Auckland.

For more detailed information or to contribute to this study please contact Kendyl Roodt on 027 951 1494 or email kenkat@netz.co.nz

 

October 13th 2017

Do you have osteoarthritis of your hand? If so, we want to hear from you

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition affecting thousands of New Zealanders.

We are currently undertaking research exploring the effectiveness of two different types of strengthening exercises for the treatment of hand OA, including the ability of exercise to reduce joint pain and improve a person’s ability to perform important activities of daily living.

It is hoped that findings from this research will inform the design of better treatments for hand OA.

To participate in this study you must be over 18 years of age, have been told by your doctor that you have hand OA, had hand pain for 3 months or longer and currently live in Auckland.

For more detailed information or to contribute to this study please contact Nico Magni on 09 921 9999 ext6581 or email nico.magni@aut.ac.nz