Active clinical studies

New study into febrile seizures in children - can you help?

Our study will examine the developmental outcomes and possible genetic link in young children who have had febrile seizures.

We are looking for children aged 12 to 42 months who have never had a seizure to be in our control group. You will need to come to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for a free developmental and clinical assessment.

If your child is aged 12 to 42 months, has never had a seizure, with Australian English spoken at home, then you may be eligible to participate.

For further information, please contact:

Karen Orr
P: (02) 9845 0134

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Project No: HREC/14/SCHN/135.


Planning to go to Hajj or Umrah?

Do you know that you MUST have a vaccination to get a Hajj visa?

Join us in our study and we will provide you with the vaccines free of charge.

Study: Optimising immune response to vaccination in Australian Hajj pilgrims

Hajj is one of the great mass gatherings in the world. It involves a lot of crowding and there is a high risk of catching serious infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease and whooping cough.

In order to be eligible to enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah, there is a compulsory vaccine to be taken against meningococcal disease (inflammation of the lining of the brain and blood poisoning).

There are other important vaccines against pneumococcal pneumonia (chest infection) and pertussis (whooping cough). We will offer you vaccines to protect you from these diseases.

We are not testing new vaccines; the vaccines in this study are already registered and are widely used for adults.

No study has been done before to find out the best order of which to give the vaccines recommended for pilgrims.

Read more.

Can you help us find people who can participate in a study of a new vaccine against Clostridium difficile?

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhoea after you take antibiotics and may lead to permanent bowel damage and death. It most often affects hospitalised or recently hospitalised people and is difficult to treat. So a vaccine that prevents Clostridium difficile diarrhoea would be very useful.

Please share this information with everyone else you know. Perhaps they too can help us find people who can participate in the study. The more we can find the better. We need 15,000 people including more than 500 Australians to make this study work.

Who can participate?
This study is for two groups of people aged 50 years or more
Group 1: People who are waiting for surgery.
Group 2: People who have been admitted to hospital at least twice in the last 12 months.

A helpful video explaining the study can be found here: Vaccine Study Video

People from any suburb of the greater Sydney metropolitan area can participate in this study by telephoning our friendly nurses:

Helen Knight RN 9845 1430
Pamela Cheung RN 9845 1408
Elizabeth Clarke RN 9845 1437
Mobile 0418 209 323

Or e-mailing us at