Here at the NZ Respiratory & Sleep Institute, we work fully in accordance with ICH Good ClinicalPractice (GCP), which is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for the conduct of trials. We undertake mostly Phase 3 trials (see above).
We recruit volunteers to investigate treatments for breathing disorders such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and bronchiectasis. We also recruit those with sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnoea.
Volunteers are those with a medically identified health problem who participate in research that is designed to better understand, diagnose, treat, or cure that disease or condition. These procedures may or may not benefit individual study participants.
Many of these studies have very strict inclusion and exclusion criteria so not everyone is guaranteed a place on the trial. You do, however, get a good medical check-up in the process, and it costs you nothing! In fact, if you are placed into a trial, we recompense your travel costs and time for each visit.
Clinical research trials are critical to the development of medicines and medical devices. They investigate new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. Without properly conducted trials there would be no way of knowing whether or not these treatments are effective.