New neurology facility to boost brain disorder clinical trials


26 Sep 2022

A new clinical suite at a University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) has been opened for scientists, clinicians and health professionals to work directly with clinical trial patients to help find new treatments for brain disorders.

Neurologist and clinical researcher at UQCCR Associate Professor Rob Henderson said the Neurosciences Clinical Research Suite (NCRS) at UQ’s Herston Health Precinct had been designed to help meet a growing demand and allow them to potentially increase clinical trials.

“Neurological trials are one of the fastest-growing therapies in Australia and this clinical research suite will help ensure Queensland is at the forefront of advancing this vital research,” Dr Henderson said.

“It gives our researchers and clinicians more capability to assess patients in a person-centred way, which could eventually help us conduct more clinical trials and facilitate ground-breaking medical discoveries.”

Neurological research underway at UQCCR is centred on improving outcomes for patients with brain disorders including stroke, epilepsy, motor neuron disease, movement disorders, demyelinating diseases, progressive neurodegenerative diseases, mental illness, and brain injury.

Dr Henderson said the suite provided a one-on-one approach with clinical trial patients.

“This suite has a full fit-out of medical equipment and will allow those participating in a clinical trial to be assessed and receive specialised treatment in one easily accessible location,” he said.

“Having a ‘one-stop-shop’ can make all the difference to someone who has a brain disorder, along with their carers and families.”

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