Help with Research

Researchers are continuing to investigate how to better treat and manage asthma. You can help contribute to this work by getting involved in research trials. Below are some of the opportunities currently available. Follow the links for more information.

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Step-wise Anti-inflammatory Reliever Therapy Children's Asthma Research (START CARE Study)

Run by the MedicalResearch Institute of NZ (MRINZ)

Help researchers compare different ways of managing child asthma. They are seeking children aged 5 - 11 years with a diagnosis of asthma who use a preventer inhaler (for eg. Flixotide, Seretide or Pulmicort) and a reliever inhaler (eg. Respigen, Ventolin or Bricanyl inhaler).

Learn more here.

Download the information poster here.

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INFORM Asthma Trial

Run by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ)

This trial is looking at two different reliever inhalers to determine which asthma inhaler is more effective at treating mild to moderate asthma:

  • Symbicort 200/6 Turbuhaler "as required", or
  • Bricanyl 250 Turbuhaler "as required".

In addition to this, all participants will be given a daily steroid preventer inhaler: Pulmicort 200 Turbuhaler.

Note: the inhalers used in this study are commonly used for asthma already, however their combination has not been studied in a clinical trial before.

Scan the QR code or go to the website here to see who can take part and what is involved in the asthma trial.

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Asthma Medication Study (KALOS Study)

Run by Astra Zeneca

We are doing this study to learn if a new combination of drugs can help to improve asthma symptoms. Researchers are seeking persons aged 16 - 80 years who have been diagnosed with asthma for at least 1 year.

Study overview and contacts here.

Find more information here.

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Potential Asthma Treatment Studies

Run by Optimal Clinical Trials

Do you have asthma but find it difficult to control asthma symptoms despite using a prescribed inhaler or inhalers? Optimal Clinical Trials are looking for adult Aucklanders diagnosed with asthma (at least more than a year ago) to volunteer for research studies for potential asthma treatments. Volunteers are reimbursed for their travel to one of Optimal’s two Auckland clinics (Central Auckland or North Shore) with free parking.

If you’d like to be part of asthma research studies, please click here to register your interest today.

Study information and sign-up page

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3TR Parent Asthma Advisory Group

Run in conjunction with the European Lung Foundation

This is an international research project aiming to improve the lives of people with severe asthma. The researchers are seeking parents of children and teenagers with asthma and young people to help advise on how the project is done. For more information contact:

Download the information poster here.