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Current research studies

Studies currently seeking participants

March/April 2019

Concussion and whiplash: a comparison of neck magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features

In collaboration with local Physiotherapists and ACC concussion service providers we have been working on studies to describe the contribution of the neck to persistent post-concussion symptoms, with particular attention to headaches, dizziness and/or neck pain.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Principal investigator Ewan Kennedy here

Are you an Indian person living in New Zealand who has had a stroke?

We are collecting the stories of people who have had a stroke via an informal conversation at a place and time of your convenience.   If you would like to join the study, you can read more here.

Diabetes community exercise programme (DCEP)

The Diabetes Community Exercise Programme (DCEP) is an inter-professional, coordinated, patient-centred, whānau-supported package of care specifically developed to target Māori and Pacific people and those living in low socioeconomic areas. 

Seeking participants who have been diagnosed with type II diabetes and are aged 35 years. Participants should be based in Invercargill or surrounding districts. 

If you are thinking of joining the study, you can read more here. 

For further information on the study and the research see

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. 

Rheumatoid arthritis and pain study

This study will provide insights about the modifiable factors influencing central sensitization, and will lead to designing targeted interventions to minimize sensitization, thereby helping to facilitate treatment.

We are inviting adults (25-75 years) who are living with Rheumatoid arthritis and have chronic joint pain in at least one or more joints.

To register your interest in the study, email us at