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When you get involved in research, you contribute to improving knowledge about stroke, stroke treatment and recovery. Getting involved in research may allow you to get access to emerging therapy you wouldn’t otherwise have opportunity to use. Involvement may also be part of your stroke recovery plan.

If you are a researcher and would like to use this site to promote a project, please visit our request for research participant policy page for more information.

Falls after stroke trial

The Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST) is testing a novel at-home exercise and safety training program. It aims to reduce your risk of falling and increase your ability to do daily activities. The research team seeks people who have had a stroke in the last 5 years, are aged over 65 years and can walk 10 metres (with or without a walking aid). The intervention involves an exercise program which requires no extra time during the day.

Find out more about the study

Text messaging to prevent depression and promote a healthy lifestyle after stroke

The aim of this study is to develop and test the delivery of text messages designed to provide advice, information and support for people who have had a stroke. Participants will be asked to join a panel to discuss the broad study design and identify message topics important in recovery and well-being after stroke, and to draft and evaluate messages.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Falls after stroke trial

The Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST) is testing a novel at-home exercise and safety training program. It aims to reduce your risk of falling and increase your ability to do daily activities. The research team seeks people who have had a stroke in the last 5 years, are aged over 65 years and can walk 10 metres (with or without a walking aid). The intervention involves an exercise program which requires no extra time during the day.

Find out more about the study

Text messaging to prevent depression and promote a healthy lifestyle after stroke

The aim of this study is to develop and test the delivery of text messages designed to provide advice, information and support for people who have had a stroke. Participants will be asked to join a panel to discuss the broad study design and identify message topics important in recovery and well-being after stroke, and to draft and evaluate messages.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Falls after stroke trial

The Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST) is testing a novel at-home exercise and safety training program. It aims to reduce your risk of falling and increase your ability to do daily activities. The research team seeks people who have had a stroke in the last 5 years, are aged over 65 years and can walk 10 metres (with or without a walking aid). The intervention involves an exercise program which requires no extra time during the day.

Find out more about the study

Text messaging to prevent depression and promote a healthy lifestyle after stroke

The aim of this study is to develop and test the delivery of text messages designed to provide advice, information and support for people who have had a stroke. Participants will be asked to join a panel to discuss the broad study design and identify message topics important in recovery and well-being after stroke, and to draft and evaluate messages.

Find out more about the study

Quantifying upper limb motor impairment in people with stroke

Researchers are investigating how easily people can use their upper limb following a stroke. This study involves 13 quick and simple clinical tests of upper limb function including measures of muscle strength, reaction time, skin sensation and hand dexterity. All of the tests are portable and will take place either at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney or a participant’s place of residence, if that is preferred.

Find out more about the study

Robotic-assisted game-based rehabilitation for upper limb function in people with chronic stroke: a feasibility study

This study aims to identify the potential barriers and facilitators to the use of game-based robotics in upper limb rehabilitation. Researchers will explore the opinions and views of people who had a stroke, their therapists and their carer or family about the use of robots in rehabilitation. The study will take place at University Technology Sydney Moore Park Campus.

Find out more about the study

A comparative open label study comparing the efficacy of structured physiotherapy vs non-structured physiotherapy in reducing post-stroke spasticity-related shoulder pain in patients treated with botulinum toxin A

Shoulder pain is a very common and troublesome complication after stroke. One of the factors most frequently associated with shoulder pain is spasticity. This focal spasticity (muscle tightness or stiffness) can also lead to restricted use of the arm, interfering with activities of daily living. The primary purpose of this study is to better understand whether botulinum toxin and physiotherapy can be used as a treatment for muscle stiffness and tightness in the shoulder after stroke in patients who have shoulder pain.

Find out more about the study

Improving arm function after stroke using task-specific training

Many people who experience a stroke have difficulty moving their arm and hand, and research has shown that people can still have non-functional arms at 6 months after stroke. Our researchers are conducting a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to test whether a programme of specific training exercises is more effective than usual care. We are seeking people with stroke who have difficulty using their arm and/or hand to take part in this study. The study will involve assessments of arm and hand function before and after a 6 week period, with a follow-up assessment after 6 months.

Find out more about the study

Visual rehabilitation of stroke survivors: improving the referral pathway and access to care

This study aims to determine the details of screening, management and referral for visual impairments in stroke survivors. In doing so we hope to identify any barriers to the appropriate detection of vision impairment in stroke survivors, any gaps in the referral process and potential unmet care needs and their contributors. Participants must be over 18 years old, based in NSW, have had a stroke within the last 10 years but not within the last 3 months, and some form of visual complication. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey, with the choice of an additional phone interview.

Find out more about the study

Muscle and tendon properties in stroke

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia are seeking volunteers to participate in a study that investigates causes of muscle contracture (stiffening of muscles) after stroke. People are eligible to participate in the study if they have had a stroke and have an ankle that has become stiffer since the stroke. Participants will have an ultrasound scan and an MRI scan at NeuRA (at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, NSW).

Find out more about the study

CLEAR Outcomes study: For people with, or at high risk for, cardiovascular disease who are statin intolerant

This study is testing if an investigational medication reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events in participants with, or at high risk for, cardiovascular disease. The study will also look at how the medication may affect cholesterol levels and how safe it is. The study lasts for 2-5 years, involving both visits to our centre and phone calls. Visits will be frequent in the initial phases, moving on to 3 monthly as the study progresses. Participants need to be over 18, have, or be at high risk for, cardiovascular disease, and be unable to tolerate statins.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Falls after stroke trial

The Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST) is testing a novel at-home exercise and safety training program. It aims to reduce your risk of falling and increase your ability to do daily activities. The research team seeks people who have had a stroke in the last 5 years, are aged over 65 years and can walk 10 metres (with or without a walking aid). The intervention involves an exercise program which requires no extra time during the day.

Find out more about the study

Text messaging to prevent depression and promote a healthy lifestyle after stroke

The aim of this study is to develop and test the delivery of text messages designed to provide advice, information and support for people who have had a stroke. Participants will be asked to join a panel to discuss the broad study design and identify message topics important in recovery and well-being after stroke, and to draft and evaluate messages.

Find out more about the study

Quantifying upper limb motor impairment in people with stroke

Researchers are investigating how easily people can use their upper limb following a stroke. This study involves 13 quick and simple clinical tests of upper limb function including measures of muscle strength, reaction time, skin sensation and hand dexterity. All of the tests are portable and will take place either at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney or a participant’s place of residence, if that is preferred.

Find out more about the study

Robotic-assisted game-based rehabilitation for upper limb function in people with chronic stroke: a feasibility study

This study aims to identify the potential barriers and facilitators to the use of game-based robotics in upper limb rehabilitation. Researchers will explore the opinions and views of people who had a stroke, their therapists and their carer or family about the use of robots in rehabilitation. The study will take place at University Technology Sydney Moore Park Campus.

Find out more about the study

A comparative open label study comparing the efficacy of structured physiotherapy vs non-structured physiotherapy in reducing post-stroke spasticity-related shoulder pain in patients treated with botulinum toxin A

Shoulder pain is a very common and troublesome complication after stroke. One of the factors most frequently associated with shoulder pain is spasticity. This focal spasticity (muscle tightness or stiffness) can also lead to restricted use of the arm, interfering with activities of daily living. The primary purpose of this study is to better understand whether botulinum toxin and physiotherapy can be used as a treatment for muscle stiffness and tightness in the shoulder after stroke in patients who have shoulder pain.

Find out more about the study

Improving arm function after stroke using task-specific training

Many people who experience a stroke have difficulty moving their arm and hand, and research has shown that people can still have non-functional arms at 6 months after stroke. Our researchers are conducting a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to test whether a programme of specific training exercises is more effective than usual care. We are seeking people with stroke who have difficulty using their arm and/or hand to take part in this study. The study will involve assessments of arm and hand function before and after a 6 week period, with a follow-up assessment after 6 months.

Find out more about the study

Visual rehabilitation of stroke survivors: improving the referral pathway and access to care

This study aims to determine the details of screening, management and referral for visual impairments in stroke survivors. In doing so we hope to identify any barriers to the appropriate detection of vision impairment in stroke survivors, any gaps in the referral process and potential unmet care needs and their contributors. Participants must be over 18 years old, based in NSW, have had a stroke within the last 10 years but not within the last 3 months, and some form of visual complication. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey, with the choice of an additional phone interview.

Find out more about the study

Muscle and tendon properties in stroke

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia are seeking volunteers to participate in a study that investigates causes of muscle contracture (stiffening of muscles) after stroke. People are eligible to participate in the study if they have had a stroke and have an ankle that has become stiffer since the stroke. Participants will have an ultrasound scan and an MRI scan at NeuRA (at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, NSW).

Find out more about the study

CLEAR Outcomes study: For people with, or at high risk for, cardiovascular disease who are statin intolerant

This study is testing if an investigational medication reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events in participants with, or at high risk for, cardiovascular disease. The study will also look at how the medication may affect cholesterol levels and how safe it is. The study lasts for 2-5 years, involving both visits to our centre and phone calls. Visits will be frequent in the initial phases, moving on to 3 monthly as the study progresses. Participants need to be over 18, have, or be at high risk for, cardiovascular disease, and be unable to tolerate statins.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

There are currently no research projects listed for the Northern Territory. Please check the National tab for projects recruiting Australia-wide.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

There are currently no research projects listed for the Northern Territory. Please check the National tab for projects recruiting Australia-wide.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Stroke survivors’ perspectives: defining a sufficiently important difference in functional outcome after upper limb rehabilitation

The aim of this study is to learn what stroke survivors from northern Queensland believe is a worthwhile outcome for arm and/or leg recovery to justify the drawbacks and difficulties of rehabilitation. This study seeks to talk to people who found rehab quite challenging and difficult to continue with. Participants will join a focus group of up to 7 other stroke survivors to discuss their experiences and opinions about the benefits, costs, risks and inconveniences of arm and/or leg rehabilitation. These focus groups will last an hour and be run in Townsville and online.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Stroke survivors’ perspectives: defining a sufficiently important difference in functional outcome after upper limb rehabilitation

The aim of this study is to learn what stroke survivors from northern Queensland believe is a worthwhile outcome for arm and/or leg recovery to justify the drawbacks and difficulties of rehabilitation. This study seeks to talk to people who found rehab quite challenging and difficult to continue with. Participants will join a focus group of up to 7 other stroke survivors to discuss their experiences and opinions about the benefits, costs, risks and inconveniences of arm and/or leg rehabilitation. These focus groups will last an hour and be run in Townsville and online.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Using brain stimulation to treat post-stroke depression

This study aims to investigate non-invasive brain stimulation approaches to treat people who are experiencing post-stroke depression. Following initial assessment involving series of questionnaires, eligible participants will be randomly allocated to either real or sham brain stimulation. All recruited participants will attend 10 treatment sessions which will involve brain stimulation and some measure to test the effectiveness of this treatment.

Find out more about the study

Targeting brain stimulation therapy in stroke

This study aims to determine whether the reliability of brain stimulation can be improved as a treatment for arm and hand function following stroke. Eligible participants will be randomly allocated to receive either real or sham brain stimluation plus an exercise program delivered for two weeks at home.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Using brain stimulation to treat post-stroke depression

This study aims to investigate non-invasive brain stimulation approaches to treat people who are experiencing post-stroke depression. Following initial assessment involving series of questionnaires, eligible participants will be randomly allocated to either real or sham brain stimulation. All recruited participants will attend 10 treatment sessions which will involve brain stimulation and some measure to test the effectiveness of this treatment.

Find out more about the study

Targeting brain stimulation therapy in stroke

This study aims to determine whether the reliability of brain stimulation can be improved as a treatment for arm and hand function following stroke. Eligible participants will be randomly allocated to receive either real or sham brain stimluation plus an exercise program delivered for two weeks at home.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

There are currently no research projects listed for Tasmania. Please check the National tab for projects recruiting Australia-wide.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

There are currently no research projects listed for Tasmania. Please check the National tab for projects recruiting Australia-wide.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Improving arm function after stroke using task-specific training

Many people who experience a stroke have difficulty moving their arm and hand, and research has shown that people can still have non-functional arms at 6 months after stroke. Our researchers are conducting a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to test whether a programme of specific training exercises is more effective than usual care. We are seeking people with stroke who have difficulty using their arm and/or hand to take part in this study. The study will involve assessments of arm and hand function before and after a 6 week period, with a follow-up assessment after 6 months.

Find out more about the study

Valued Living After Neurological Trauma (VaLiANT): Evaluation of a new group-based intervention to enhance valued living for people with cognitive impairment due to acquired brain injury

Have you had an acquired brain injury that has affected how you think and feel? Are you interested in learning ways to deal with these changes so you can do more of the things you value in life? Difficulties with memory and other thinking skills, along with changes in mood, can affect the capacity to do things that are meaningful and valued, such as work, leisure and social activities. VaLiANT is a new 8-week group program located at La Trobe University in Bundoora (VIC) for adults (aged 18 years of over) who have had a stroke (at least 3 months ago), designed to increase your participation in activities that you value while helping you learn strategies for dealing with changes in thinking and mood.

Find out more about the study

Re-imagining Stroke Environments with Virtual Reality (RiSE-VR)

Researchers from The Florey Institute and Swinburne University are exploring the responses of stroke survivors to a novel patient room design immersive virtual reality experience (VR). There is limited scientific knowledge informing the design of hospital environments for people who have had a stroke. Participation involves completing 2 VR sessions lasting 60 minutes each, and answering some questionnaires. You are eligible for this study if you have had a stroke and are discharged from hospital at least 1 month.

Find out more about the study

A comparison of teaching techniques to train the use of smartphone memory apps in stroke survivors

Smartphones can be very helpful tools for everyday activities that require memory. After a stroke, many people find it difficult to learn or remember how to use smartphones, which becomes a barrier for using them as a memory aid. Researchers from Monash University are comparing three training techniques to teach people how to use an app in their smartphone. Participation includes 4 sessions, which can be completed at the Monash Psychology Centre in Notting Hill, at the La Trobe Psychology Clinic in Bundoora, or at your home. If you live in Melbourne, have had a stroke, are currently experiencing memory difficulties, have a smartphone and would like to feel more confident using it, you are invited to participate in this study.

Find out more about the study

Assessing the efficacy and efficiency of simulated driver rehabilitation following acquired brain injury

This project is investigating whether using a driving simulator is useful and cost-effective in helping those have had a stroke return to driving. Participants are eligible if they have had a stroke and have previously held a full or probationary licence and require a driving assessment to return to driving. This study will involve being allocated to either a simulator rehabilitation group or a standard rehabilitation group. This study is being conducted across Epworth Rehabilitation hospitals at Richmond, Hawthorn and Camberwell.

Find out more about the study

Brain machine interfaces

This study investigates how the brain controls movements and how loss of limb function due to paralysis or amputation may affect the brain’s activity when thinking about movement. This research could provide important information for developing better treatment options for limb function loss. Your brain activity will be measured using non-invasive machines that record electrical and magnetic activity produced by your brain.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Improving arm function after stroke using task-specific training

Many people who experience a stroke have difficulty moving their arm and hand, and research has shown that people can still have non-functional arms at 6 months after stroke. Our researchers are conducting a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to test whether a programme of specific training exercises is more effective than usual care. We are seeking people with stroke who have difficulty using their arm and/or hand to take part in this study. The study will involve assessments of arm and hand function before and after a 6 week period, with a follow-up assessment after 6 months.

Find out more about the study

Valued Living After Neurological Trauma (VaLiANT): Evaluation of a new group-based intervention to enhance valued living for people with cognitive impairment due to acquired brain injury

Have you had an acquired brain injury that has affected how you think and feel? Are you interested in learning ways to deal with these changes so you can do more of the things you value in life? Difficulties with memory and other thinking skills, along with changes in mood, can affect the capacity to do things that are meaningful and valued, such as work, leisure and social activities. VaLiANT is a new 8-week group program located at La Trobe University in Bundoora (VIC) for adults (aged 18 years of over) who have had a stroke (at least 3 months ago), designed to increase your participation in activities that you value while helping you learn strategies for dealing with changes in thinking and mood.

Find out more about the study

Re-imagining Stroke Environments with Virtual Reality (RiSE-VR)

Researchers from The Florey Institute and Swinburne University are exploring the responses of stroke survivors to a novel patient room design immersive virtual reality experience (VR). There is limited scientific knowledge informing the design of hospital environments for people who have had a stroke. Participation involves completing 2 VR sessions lasting 60 minutes each, and answering some questionnaires. You are eligible for this study if you have had a stroke and are discharged from hospital at least 1 month.

Find out more about the study

A comparison of teaching techniques to train the use of smartphone memory apps in stroke survivors

Smartphones can be very helpful tools for everyday activities that require memory. After a stroke, many people find it difficult to learn or remember how to use smartphones, which becomes a barrier for using them as a memory aid. Researchers from Monash University are comparing three training techniques to teach people how to use an app in their smartphone. Participation includes 4 sessions, which can be completed at the Monash Psychology Centre in Notting Hill, at the La Trobe Psychology Clinic in Bundoora, or at your home. If you live in Melbourne, have had a stroke, are currently experiencing memory difficulties, have a smartphone and would like to feel more confident using it, you are invited to participate in this study.

Find out more about the study

Assessing the efficacy and efficiency of simulated driver rehabilitation following acquired brain injury

This project is investigating whether using a driving simulator is useful and cost-effective in helping those have had a stroke return to driving. Participants are eligible if they have had a stroke and have previously held a full or probationary licence and require a driving assessment to return to driving. This study will involve being allocated to either a simulator rehabilitation group or a standard rehabilitation group. This study is being conducted across Epworth Rehabilitation hospitals at Richmond, Hawthorn and Camberwell.

Find out more about the study

Brain machine interfaces

This study investigates how the brain controls movements and how loss of limb function due to paralysis or amputation may affect the brain’s activity when thinking about movement. This research could provide important information for developing better treatment options for limb function loss. Your brain activity will be measured using non-invasive machines that record electrical and magnetic activity produced by your brain.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Contralateral effects of eccentric resistance training on muscle function of impaired arm of stroke patients

This study aims to improve recovery of your affected arm by training with your unaffected arm after stroke. If you participate in this study you will receive training twice a week for 8 weeks to strengthen your arm's movements.

Find out more about the study

Strengthening connections in the motor cortex to improve motor function following stroke

Murdoch University is investigating connections between motor areas of the brain and how the strength of these connections is related to balance and walking abilities. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to assess suitability to receive non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation), a cognitive assessment, a movement assessment, and several motor tasks (e.g. walking 10 m, stepping on-and-off a small step).

Find out more about the study

The relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in adults with brain injuries

The University of Western Australia is researching how thinking skills following a brain injury like stroke affect how well people can do things such as work or hobbies. Participants will need to attend the University of Western Australia in Perth to have an assessment and complete questionnaires and tests, and attend a follow-up in three months’ time. Case managers or partners will also be invited to participate. A report about how participants went can be provided on request.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Contralateral effects of eccentric resistance training on muscle function of impaired arm of stroke patients

This study aims to improve recovery of your affected arm by training with your unaffected arm after stroke. If you participate in this study you will receive training twice a week for 8 weeks to strengthen your arm's movements.

Find out more about the study

Strengthening connections in the motor cortex to improve motor function following stroke

Murdoch University is investigating connections between motor areas of the brain and how the strength of these connections is related to balance and walking abilities. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to assess suitability to receive non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation), a cognitive assessment, a movement assessment, and several motor tasks (e.g. walking 10 m, stepping on-and-off a small step).

Find out more about the study

The relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in adults with brain injuries

The University of Western Australia is researching how thinking skills following a brain injury like stroke affect how well people can do things such as work or hobbies. Participants will need to attend the University of Western Australia in Perth to have an assessment and complete questionnaires and tests, and attend a follow-up in three months’ time. Case managers or partners will also be invited to participate. A report about how participants went can be provided on request.

Find out more about the study

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The National Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The National Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Healthcare professionals’ perspectives of coordinated discharge planning post-stroke

Survey for health professionals. To transition home successfully, patient-centred discharge planning is essential and results in reduced anxiety and depression, improved satisfaction with health care, continuity of care and general wellbeing. This study aims to describe the current practices of stroke health professionals in undertaking stroke discharge planning and barriers and facilitators to engaging primary health care providers and undertaking a coordinated discharge planning approach.

Find out more about the study

Robotic-assisted game-based rehabilitation for upper limb function in people with chronic stroke: a feasibility study

This study aims to identify the potential barriers and facilitators to the use of game-based robotics in upper limb rehabilitation. Researchers will explore the opinions and views of people who had a stroke, their therapists and their carer or family about the use of robots in rehabilitation. Therapists worldwide are welcome to answer an online survey.

Find out more about the study

The acceptability of brain stimulation: a discrete choice experiment

Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a treatment where electric or magnetic current is applied to the surface of the head to stimulate the brain. This therapy has potential to assist people who have experienced stroke. While brain stimulation is not currently used in a clinical setting, it is the subject of much research and experimental work. The purpose of this online survey is to gain perspective of brain stimulation therapy from people who have experienced stroke.

Find out more about the study

Further development of the dimensions of home measure

Occupational therapy researchers at the University of Queensland are seeking volunteers to complete an online survey about their experience of home. The study aims to further develop a consumer questionnaire for home modifications. Those who participate go into the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

Find out more about the study

Technology use acceptability survey for a restorative brain-computer interface designed to improve hand motor functions after a stroke

It is believed that impaired movement is caused by damage in specific parts of the brain, which in turn lead to disconnection in the neural pathways that are in charge of the movement. We have investigated a technique named motor imagery based brain-computer interfacing (MI-BCI) that allows re-routing of the impaired neural pathways caused by stroke. However, to further develop this technology we need to know the features of the interface that are most important for users and the considerations of cost relative to benefit.

Find out more about the study

An exploration into the stroke survivors experience and understanding of occupational therapy during their rehabilitation

The study aims to identify how stroke survivors understand the role of the occupational therapist and the intent behind occupational therapy during their stroke rehabilitation. We are looking for stroke survivors (18 years and older) who have received occupational therapy in the previous two years but are not currently receive occupational therapy. Participants will be asked to participate in an interview (either face-to-face, via telephone or online technologies) that will run for up to 60 minutes.

Find out more about the study

Parenting after stroke

This research project aims to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors who are also parents. Participants would complete a written survey containing questions related to their experience managing the responsibilities of parenting after their stroke.

Find out more about the study

Treatment for sleep disturbance and fatigue following acquired brain injury

Over half of the stroke population experiences problems with sleep or fatigue. Researchers at the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre are trialling two forms of therapy to treat sleep and fatigue problems following stroke: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and health education (INFO) therapy. Participants engage in 8 sessions of therapy with a clinical neuropsychologist. These sessions can be completed in-person for local participants, or via a video conferencing program for interstate or rural participants.

Find out more about the study

COMPARE – Constraint induced or multi-modal aphasia rehabilitation: an RCT of therapy for stroke related chronic aphasia

Following a stroke, some people find they have difficulty saying words and sentences. This language problem is called aphasia. This study aims to compare different treatments for people with problems talking after a stroke. We want to see if one treatment is better than the other, and to compare these treatments to usual speech pathology treatment.

Find out more about the study

Development of a sexuality intervention for stroke survivors and their partners

4 out of 5 Australian stroke survivors do not have the opportunity to discuss sexuality or receive information about sexuality. Sexuality is more than just about 'having sex', it also includes roles and identities, relationships and intimacy. Researchers from The University of Sydney would like to develop an educational package that can be provided to stroke survivors and partners of stroke survivors. The study aims to find out what topics should be included in this package and how it should be delivered. If you choose to participate you will be asked to complete two surveys about what you think is important for sexuality after stroke. Your responses are confidential and you will not be asked to share any information about your own experiences of sexuality.

Find out more about the study

Survey of preference for selection criteria of clot retrieval in acute ischaemic stroke

Investigators:
Dr. Feng Wang, A/Prof. Bruce C.V. Campbell, Prof. Stephen M. Davis,A/Prof. Bernard Yan

The Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital would like to invite stroke survivors, carers, family members and friends to participate in a survey focused on the preference for selection criteria of acute stroke treatment (also termed clot retrieval which is a way to remove clots in blocked brain arteries). Recent trials of clot retrieval for acute ischemic stroke demonstrated superior benefit of clot retrieval compared with intravenous thrombolysis alone when there is a major vessel occlusion. However, it remains unknown, which selection criteria should be used to select those patients. In this survey, we sought to evaluate the preferences for selection criteria of clot retrieval in acute ischaemic stroke.  The results of the survey may inform decision-making and selection for clot retrieval.

The following instructions can guide you to complete the questionnaire step by step:

1. Please go to the questionnaire URL:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QK8LHQ8

2. Read the web-version questionnaire.

3. Complete the questions.

4. Press “Submit” bottom.

Join the Communication Research Registry

The Communication Research Registry is a national register of people who would like to be involved in communication research. This includes research that looks into speech and language difficulties post stroke. People with communication difficulties, their family and friends and members of the public are invited to join. Click here.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.

Healthcare professionals’ perspectives of coordinated discharge planning post-stroke

Survey for health professionals. To transition home successfully, patient-centred discharge planning is essential and results in reduced anxiety and depression, improved satisfaction with health care, continuity of care and general wellbeing. This study aims to describe the current practices of stroke health professionals in undertaking stroke discharge planning and barriers and facilitators to engaging primary health care providers and undertaking a coordinated discharge planning approach.

Find out more about the study

Robotic-assisted game-based rehabilitation for upper limb function in people with chronic stroke: a feasibility study

This study aims to identify the potential barriers and facilitators to the use of game-based robotics in upper limb rehabilitation. Researchers will explore the opinions and views of people who had a stroke, their therapists and their carer or family about the use of robots in rehabilitation. Therapists worldwide are welcome to answer an online survey.

Find out more about the study

The acceptability of brain stimulation: a discrete choice experiment

Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a treatment where electric or magnetic current is applied to the surface of the head to stimulate the brain. This therapy has potential to assist people who have experienced stroke. While brain stimulation is not currently used in a clinical setting, it is the subject of much research and experimental work. The purpose of this online survey is to gain perspective of brain stimulation therapy from people who have experienced stroke.

Find out more about the study

Further development of the dimensions of home measure

Occupational therapy researchers at the University of Queensland are seeking volunteers to complete an online survey about their experience of home. The study aims to further develop a consumer questionnaire for home modifications. Those who participate go into the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

Find out more about the study

Technology use acceptability survey for a restorative brain-computer interface designed to improve hand motor functions after a stroke

It is believed that impaired movement is caused by damage in specific parts of the brain, which in turn lead to disconnection in the neural pathways that are in charge of the movement. We have investigated a technique named motor imagery based brain-computer interfacing (MI-BCI) that allows re-routing of the impaired neural pathways caused by stroke. However, to further develop this technology we need to know the features of the interface that are most important for users and the considerations of cost relative to benefit.

Find out more about the study

An exploration into the stroke survivors experience and understanding of occupational therapy during their rehabilitation

The study aims to identify how stroke survivors understand the role of the occupational therapist and the intent behind occupational therapy during their stroke rehabilitation. We are looking for stroke survivors (18 years and older) who have received occupational therapy in the previous two years but are not currently receive occupational therapy. Participants will be asked to participate in an interview (either face-to-face, via telephone or online technologies) that will run for up to 60 minutes.

Find out more about the study

Parenting after stroke

This research project aims to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors who are also parents. Participants would complete a written survey containing questions related to their experience managing the responsibilities of parenting after their stroke.

Find out more about the study

Treatment for sleep disturbance and fatigue following acquired brain injury

Over half of the stroke population experiences problems with sleep or fatigue. Researchers at the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre are trialling two forms of therapy to treat sleep and fatigue problems following stroke: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and health education (INFO) therapy. Participants engage in 8 sessions of therapy with a clinical neuropsychologist. These sessions can be completed in-person for local participants, or via a video conferencing program for interstate or rural participants.

Find out more about the study

COMPARE – Constraint induced or multi-modal aphasia rehabilitation: an RCT of therapy for stroke related chronic aphasia

Following a stroke, some people find they have difficulty saying words and sentences. This language problem is called aphasia. This study aims to compare different treatments for people with problems talking after a stroke. We want to see if one treatment is better than the other, and to compare these treatments to usual speech pathology treatment.

Find out more about the study

Development of a sexuality intervention for stroke survivors and their partners

4 out of 5 Australian stroke survivors do not have the opportunity to discuss sexuality or receive information about sexuality. Sexuality is more than just about 'having sex', it also includes roles and identities, relationships and intimacy. Researchers from The University of Sydney would like to develop an educational package that can be provided to stroke survivors and partners of stroke survivors. The study aims to find out what topics should be included in this package and how it should be delivered. If you choose to participate you will be asked to complete two surveys about what you think is important for sexuality after stroke. Your responses are confidential and you will not be asked to share any information about your own experiences of sexuality.

Find out more about the study

Survey of preference for selection criteria of clot retrieval in acute ischaemic stroke

Investigators:
Dr. Feng Wang, A/Prof. Bruce C.V. Campbell, Prof. Stephen M. Davis,A/Prof. Bernard Yan

The Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital would like to invite stroke survivors, carers, family members and friends to participate in a survey focused on the preference for selection criteria of acute stroke treatment (also termed clot retrieval which is a way to remove clots in blocked brain arteries). Recent trials of clot retrieval for acute ischemic stroke demonstrated superior benefit of clot retrieval compared with intravenous thrombolysis alone when there is a major vessel occlusion. However, it remains unknown, which selection criteria should be used to select those patients. In this survey, we sought to evaluate the preferences for selection criteria of clot retrieval in acute ischaemic stroke.  The results of the survey may inform decision-making and selection for clot retrieval.

The following instructions can guide you to complete the questionnaire step by step:

1. Please go to the questionnaire URL:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QK8LHQ8

2. Read the web-version questionnaire.

3. Complete the questions.

4. Press “Submit” bottom.

Join the Communication Research Registry

The Communication Research Registry is a national register of people who would like to be involved in communication research. This includes research that looks into speech and language difficulties post stroke. People with communication difficulties, their family and friends and members of the public are invited to join. Click here.

 

Disclaimer
Please note the following disclaimer applies to all research projects listed on this page:

The Stroke Foundation recognises the value of all levels of research and the welfare and experiences of those affected. The Stroke Foundation is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project listed. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.  Participants are advised to read the participant information sheet that the researcher will provide to you. If you do agree to participate and/or you have any concerns regarding the project, these should be directed to the researcher or other contacts on the participant information sheet.