Participate in asthma research

  • Some research studies conducted to find possible causes or treatments for asthma, or to investigate social or psychological aspects of the condition, require human involvement. These are known as clinical trials.

    Clinical trials are research studies that are carefully designed to answer specific questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of a drug, treatment, or diagnostic method, or to find ways to improve patients' quality of life.

    Clinical trials allow researchers to find out how different patients respond to treatments while carefully monitoring the health and safety of the patients who volunteer.

    All new medical treatments for asthma must go through the clinical trial process before they can be approved for sale or general use. For example research into the potential causes of asthma and related conditions could require lung function tests to look at differences between asthmatics and non asthmatics. Such studies require volunteers.

    Clinical research must be approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee before volunteers can be asked to participate.  The success of clinical research, and the development of new treatments, is dependent on volunteer participation in these trials or studies.

    On this page we display some asthma studies currently being conducted which require volunteer participants.

    Please be aware that Asthma Foundations play no role in these studies other than to provide a means of recruiting potential study participants. We cannot give any guarantees about the quality or the outcomes of the studies, and ask that any interested volunteers contact the researchers directly with questions they may have.

    Here are some of the research projects available:

    New asthma medication clinical trial: NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA
    • Do you have Asthma?
    • Have you needed hospitalisation or medical treatment because your asthma has worsened in the last 12 months?
    • Do you have asthma symptoms at day and/or at night time almost every day of the week?
    • Does your asthma frequently limit your activities?

    If you answered yes to all of these questions you may be eligible to take part in a Clinical Trial testing/using a new medication.

    Your asthma will be closely monitored by a specialist. You will be able to continue on your regular inhaler medications.

    For more information, please call 1800 041 548

    This advert is approved by an Ethics Committee

    Health-care needs of people with asthma who smoke

    Sydney University are seeking people who are over 18 years old, are a current smoker and have been diagnosed with asthma to take part in a study to learn more the smoking behaviours of people with asthma.

    * Reimbursement towards your time will be offered.

    More information available here.
    To register your interest or to get more information about the study, please contact Dr. Maya Saba at the Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney:
    Phone: 0449 852 001
    Email: Maya Saba  

    Tablet for Asthma: The AMAZES Study

    Leading specialists and researchers in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are looking for:

    • Adults with asthma (aged 18 years and over)
    • Who are non-smokers (or ex smokers) and
    • Who experience asthma symptoms despite taking regular preventer medication

    To take part in a trial investigating whether taking an antibiotic tablet (azithromycin) alongside normal asthma medications helps to reduce attacks and symptoms. Participants will be given tablets (either medication or placebo) to take along with their regular asthma medications for 48 weeks.

    For more information, email or call 02 4042 0131 (Newcastle) or 02 9114 0444 (Sydney).

    This study is supported by The National Health and Medical Research Council and is approved by the Hunter New England Health Research Ethics Committee (Approval # 08/11/19/3.03)

    New intervention for children with asthma

    Researchers at the University of Sydney are investigating a new psychological intervention for children with asthma. In doing this study, we hope to learn more about how best to help and support children to manage their asthma.

    Parents of 8-12 year olds who would like help to manage their child's asthma are invited to participate in the study.

    The research will be conducted at The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006.

    For more information, please phone 02 9036 5037 or email


    Does your pharmacy provide the support you need?

    If you're dealing with an ongoing health condition or caring for someone who does, we'd like to hear from you.

    The Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University is researching the support given by local community pharmacies for people with ongoing health conditions.  This is part of a nationwide project designed to assist in the planning of future pharmacy services.

    Participants must be at least 16 years old and be:

    • Living with an ongoing health condition, or
    • Caring for a person with an ongoing health condition.
    • Living in one of the following areas  
                  Mt Isa / The North West area, Queensland 
                  Logan Beaudesert area, Queensland

    The study involves completing a 30 minute phone survey with participants reimbursed for their time.

    To register visit or call 1800 600 687 (free of charge).

    The Chronic Illness Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development Program managed by the The Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

    Asthma Prevention Trial - Queensland

    Are you pregnant or have a child younger than 9 months old? Do you or your partner have allergies? Do you have asthma in your family?

    The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to prevent asthma in children who are at high risk of developing asthma.

    OM-85 is an immunostimulant which primes the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and reduce damage to the lungs to prevent asthma from developing.

    Your child will receive OM-85 or placebo as five blocks of 10 days treatment plus 20 days no treatment for two winters. OM-85 is delivered as 10 drops of liquid on your child's tongue.

    You will need to bring your child to Royal Children's Hospital eleven times until they are three years old.

    If you are interested in participating or want further information please contact Julie Varghese on (07) 3636 1283 or via email, or Catherine Gangell on (07) 3636 4074 or via email.

    (This study is registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ACTRN12612000518864) and has been approved by the ethics committee at Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane)

    Contribution of wheeze and asthma to airway stiffness in children - Queensland

    Researchers at the Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute are recruiting children aged 3-14 years with a history of wheeze and/or physician diagnosed asthma to investigate airway stiffness using a new non-invasive lung function test. The new lung function test, the wave-tube forced oscillation technique (WT-FOT) allows us to investigate possible changes in lung function which result from repeated episodes of wheezing.

    Participating in this study will involve a single study visit to the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane for approximately one hour. At the study visit we will perform the lung function test, give 4 puffs of ventolin and then measure your child's lung function after a 10 minute rest. During this time we will fill out two validated questionnaires, the International Study of Asthma and Allergy in Childhood (ISAAC) and the Asthma Control Test (ACT). Performing these questionnaires will allow us to better understand your child's asthma history and management.

    If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Claire Shackleton on (07) 3636 1299 or via email.

    Preventing Asthma Attacks - RELAX study - Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia

    Is your child aged between 6 and 15 years? Did you go to ED or hospital last year because of their asthma? Does your child have any allergies?

    The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called Xolair to try and prevent asthma attacks. This study is being done in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

    In this study the child will receive Xolair or placebo over winter. The dose your child receives will depend on their weight and their lgE level. Your child may receive anywhere between one injection each four weeks, up to two injections each two weeks during winter.

    The study involves visit to the hospital eleven times over 18 months. We will be performing the lung function with a challenge test to look for reactive airways, skin prick test, collect blood and nasal wash.

    If you are interested in participating or want further information please call -

    The Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane
    Julie Varghese on (07) 3636 1283 or via email
    Catherine Gangell on (07) 3636 4074 or via email

    The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
    Molly O'Sullivan on (03) 8341 6229 or via email

    Princess Margaret Hospital
    Franciska Prastanti on 0403 838 048 or via email

    Exploring the relationship between health beliefs and medication adherence

    Hi my name is Holly and I am a PhD student at the University of Queensland conducting a project into peoples’ beliefs about their asthma and asthma medicines. I would like to invite you to participate in my study by completing this short survey. The results of my project aim to help inform ways to better support people with asthma in the future.

Please let us know which state you are in so we can provide you with the most relevant information: