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Current research studies

Studies currently seeking participants

March 2019


Strabismus and balance in children

The research will investigate whether balance control is affected in children with strabismus. For further information see the dedicated study website, otago.ac.nz/strabismus.


Ageing well in men in Otago and Southland

This study aims to contribute to our understanding of factors associated with ageing well for men (>45 years) in the Otago and Southland regions. Contact: clinicalresearch.physio@otago.ac.nz or 0800 687 489 

Further project information and the information sheet. 


Have you had Heart Bypass surgery?

This research study aims to develop a programme that prepares and supports people who have undergone heart bypass (otherwise known as coronary artery bypass graft) surgery to engage in physical activity during the early recovery period following their discharge from hospital.

Further project information and the study information sheet are available here.


Sensitisation in Shoulder pain study 

This study aims to identify whether changes in the nerves sensitivity are associated with shoulder pain and if this sensitivity is related to the amount of your shoulder pain and disability.

We are recruiting two groups of people for this study: those with shoulder pain (shoulder pain group) and those without shoulder pain (healthy control group)

Further project information and the study information sheet are available here. 


Do you have high blood pressure?

This study is about the identification of adults with high blood pressure resistant to drugs and its relationship with breath pauses during sleep.  Contact:  clinicalresearch.physio@otago.ac.nz or 0800687 489


Does wearing a knee sleeve influence recovery following ACL reconstruction?

Men and women who have undergone an ACL reconstruction (at least 6 months, but less than 3 years previously) and are aged between 18 and 40 years can take part in this project. Further project and registration details. 


An integrative Tai Chi (ANITA) programme for breast cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment

This study trial an integrative Tai Chi (ANITA) program (consisting of peer support, health education, and Tai Chi exercise) designed around the specific needs for breast cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment.

We are aiming to invite 24 adults, both men and women, have completed breast cancer surgery at least 4 weeks ago, and are waiting for, or currently undergoing, cancer treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or hormonal therapy).

For further information on the study and the research visit this dedicated information page.