Take part in research or complete a survey

Research projects requiring participants:

Hand Pain Study

COVID-19 and Stress Study

Are you 18 years or older and live in New Zealand?

Your contribution will help us understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the physical and mental wellbeing of New Zealanders.

This will involve:

• Completing an online survey (about 10-15 mins)• Completing an online survey (about 10-15 mins)

• Collecting and storing a small sample of your hair (optional)

You’ll be asked to do the survey 3 times: today, 12 weeks later and when the government changes its social distancing measures. You’ll be asked to take 2 hair samples: today and in 12 weeks. This is optional. 

Click here for more information

Research team
Professor Elizabeth Broadbent and Norina Gasteiger: covidstudynz@gmail.com

This project is a collaboration between the University of Auckland, the University of Nottingham and Kings College London. The UK team is led by Professor Kavita Vedhara.

Are you at risk of gout arthritis?

High urate levels in the blood (hyperuricemia) are the most important cause of gout, a common and painful form of inflammatory arthritis. However, it is currently unclear why some people with high urate levels develop gout and others do not.

The University of Auckland and the University of Otago are running a long-term study of people with high urate levels which will help us understand what predicts the development of gout.

Participation will involve attending an initial 90-minute visit at the University of Auckland’s Clinical Research Centre at the Grafton Campus, and a second visit five years later. At each study visit, we will ask you to complete some questions about your health, assess your height and weight, examine your joints for tenderness and swelling, assess your walking, collect urine and blood samples to test your urate levels, creatinine (kidney function) and CRP (a marker of inflammation) and, if you agree, to look at your DNA. Ultrasound scans and x-rays of your feet and knees will also be taken.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Have high blood urate levels and/or a family history of gout

 

For more information, please contact Isabel Su:

Phone: 09 923 9531

Mobile: 027 281 2491

Email: Isabel.su@auckland.ac.nz

This study has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (MEC/05/10/130)

Patients with rheumatic conditions taking a biologic are wanted for research

Are you currently taking a biologic medication? Do you have a companion/support person?

The University of Auckland is conducting research to explore how physicians can explain biosimilars to patients taking biologics and sometimes their companion (e.g. partner/spouse, family member, adult child or friend). If you are taking a biologic medication (Humira, Enbrel, Infliximab, Rituximab or Tocilizumab) you may be eligible to take part.

We require participants who can attend one 30-40 minute face-to-face session in Auckland. Participants will receive a brief explanation on biosimilars and will be asked to answer some questions. Please note that you may be asked to bring your companion to the study session.

More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2GuvPwq

As a thank you for taking part all participants will receive a $20 Westfield voucher. If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please contact:
Chiara Gasteiger, University of Auckland
cgas770@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Preparing for surgery? Help test an online stress management program

Preventing gout attacks when starting allopurinol

The Bone and Joint Research Group is collaborating on a study on the effects of taking extra medication to prevent acute attacks of gout.

The University of Auckland, in collaboration with the University of Otago Christchurch, is currently conducting a study on the effects of taking extra medication to prevent acute attacks of gout when commencing allopurinol.

Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their gout. They will then be provided with study medication and be asked to have follow-up blood tests.

If you:

  • Live in Auckland
  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Have gout arthritis

How does stress affect chronic pain?

Auckland University of Technology is looking for Auckland-based people to take part in the study on how stress affects chronic pain. The PhD study is underway at AUT’s Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute (North Shore Hospital) and is investigating whether pain due to knee osteoarthritis is influenced by stress. People with long term pain conditions such as fibromyalgia are known to have problems with their stress response, which can contribute to chronic pain. We want to know if this is the case in people with knee osteoarthritis. This study will compare people with painful knee osteoarthritis, and people with fibromyalgia, to people who are pain free. Click here for more information.


 

Preventing Gout Attacks When Starting Allopurinol

The University of Otago in Christchurch, in collaboration with the University of Auckland, is currently conducting a study on the effects of taking another medication to help prevent acute attacks of gout arthritis when commencing urate lowering therapy in gout arthritis. We are looking for people with gout arthritis who are not already taking allopurinol.

If you live in Christchurch or Auckland, are aged over 18 years, have gout, and would be interested in taking part in this research, please contact Jill Drake. Some exclusion criteria apply.

Jill Drake, Rheumatology Research Nurse, telephone (03) 378-6088 or 021 0849 6753, or email jill.drake@cdhb.health.nz 


 

AquaPlus Pilot Project

Looking for people aged 45 to 64 years with osteoarthritis and located in Nelson, to take part in the AquaPlus Pilot Project. The aqua classes assist with weight management plus strength and balance. The fun classes provide support and education for people with osteoarthritis. If you would like to take part, or get some more information, please contact Nicola Rae on 021 078 8609 or email her at Nicola@bfit4ever.nz


 

Gluteal Exercises for Hip Osteoarthritis – GHOst Trial

Have you been diagnosed with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis? Can you still walk a city block? Can you run 5 metres? You may be eligible for the GHOst study! Participants are needed from Dunedin and Mosgiel only.

Click here to read more. 


 

Invitation to participate in a research study

 

Complete a research survey:

We are often asked to distribute surveys on behalf of researchers doing important studies on arthritis. We also run our own surveys covering anything from event feedback or surveys to help us improve on your experience with us. Have a look at the current surveys below:

Tapering biologics therapy

Researchers at the University of Otago are undertaking an online survey about the views of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on reducing biologics. The aim is to explore the views of people with RA about the possibility of reducing their biologic medications such as Enbrel or Humira.

You may participate if you are 18 years of age or older, have rheumatoid arthritis, and have taken or currently on biologics treatment. If you wish to participate further information can be found here.

Have a question about your arthritis? Get an educator to phone you!

To save some time over the phone, fill out the online form and let an Arthritis Educator call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.

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