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Pain and Anaesthesia Research Clinic
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace, Adelaide
South Australia 5000


  • +61 8 8222 2712
  • +61 8 8222 0774


  • +61 8 8222 2713


The Pain and Anaesthesia Research Clinic (PARC) conducts a range of studies that involve healthy participants as well as studies that investigate specific painful conditions and diseases. PARC also conducts studies in a range of disease indications, other than those related to pain.

Please call 08 8222 2712 to speak to a staff member about what studies are currently being undertaken and to discuss your potential eligibility.

If there are no studies suitable for you at this time, your name and contact details can be added to PARC’s confidential database. Your details will only be accessed by PARC staff members. Recording your details on the participant database will enable PARC staff to contact you should suitable studies become available in the future.

Do you suffer from headache or migraine?

Contact details: 8222 2712

Link: Headache or migraines PDF

Headache Research

PARC is currently conducting studies of potential new treatments for some types of persistent headache and migraine.

Professional advice and access to treatment from Doctors experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can be difficult to access for many people who suffer form these conditions. Professor Paul Rolan, a specialist in the field of headache and migraine research and treatment, will conduct free headache clinics for participants who may be eligible for the current studies. See below for how to find out how to access this service.

Free Headache Clinic

Professor Paul Rolan will perform a free consultation for any participant who contacts PARC and who may be eligible for one of our current studies. This consultation will be performed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Pain Management Unit. Waiting times for these clinic appointments are very short. You will receive advice on your condition and a review of your current treatments. Importantly, you must bring a full list of all of your current and past headache and/or migraine treatments with you. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled if you do not have this information. You may need to speak to your GP or specialist to ensure you have a comprehensive list to bring along with you to your appointment.

Current Studies

Two important studies in headache and migraine involve the use of a drug therapy currently licensed overseas as an asthma treatment. However, recent studies indicate this drug may be of benefit in the treatment of particular types of headache and migraine.

Click on one of the links below for access to the information sheet for the medication overuse study and also the migraine study. If you are not sure which category you falls into, please call the PARC staff on: 8222 2712 at any time and they will be happy to discuss this with you and direct you to the information that best fits your needs.

Another important trial we are currently conducting is for people with tension type headache. This study is investigating a non-drug treatment. This treatment has been previously investigated in other painful conditions with promising results; however it has never been trialled in the treatment of headache. Click the link below for access to this information sheet.

    To get further information about any of these studies please call PARC on 8222 2712. Our staff will discuss your condition with you and identify which of the current studies you might qualify for.

    Alternatively you can call or email us:

    Leave your contact details and a member of the research team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

    Other current studies

    PARC is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in a number of important studies. If you have any of the following conditions you may qualify for entry:

    • Chronic pain that requires regular opioid use
    • Influenza (Flu)
    • Sciatic pain
    • Chronic pain in patients with spinal cord injury
    • A study of a new formulation of sildenafil - Viagra®

    If you would like to hear more about any of the current studies , please call PARC on 8222 2712 or 8222 0774 and one of our staff will discuss the study and your potential eligibility.

    Sciatic Pain study

    We are currently looking for male and female volunteers who experience chronic unilateral sciatica (pain down one leg) to participate in a research study investigating temperature perception. In this study, we wish to examine your sensitivity to hot and cold temperature sensations in your affected leg and compare the findings against your sensitivity to hot and cold temperature sensations in other parts of your body. This study involves 2 sessions, a 1 hour screening visit to asses your suitability for the study and a 3 hour study visit. To be eligible for this study, you must be between 18 and 65 years old, have experienced sciatic pain for at least 3 months and not suffer from a clinically diagnosed major psychiatric disorder (e.g. major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia).

    Sciatic pain study

    Contact Details: 0409 505 805

    Link: Sciatic Pain PDF

    Other studies available

    Click the images below for more information about current studies being conducted.

    Do you suffer from pain?

    Contact Details: 8222 2712

    Link: General Pain PDF

    Do you suffer from frequent headaches?

    Contact details: 8303 6216

    Link: Frequent headaches PDF

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