Mental health disorders are among the most disabling health conditions in our community and new and better answers are desperately needed to assist everyone who is affected. Ramsay Health Care and the Ramsay Clinic Albert Road believe that the development of clinical trials and providing patients with access to clinical trials is a critical part of a providing a system of high quality, leading care.

The Ramsay Clinic Albert Road Research Unit (ARCRU), under the leadership of Professor Malcolm Hopwood (Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry), is committed to conducting research to improve treatment options and outcomes in Mental Health.

The dedicated and multi-disciplinary ARCRU team conduct research involving Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, Addictions, PTSD and ECT. This specialised unit complies with the Australian Code of Research Conduct, Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GHP) and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

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Research Opportunities

Participation in any research project or Clinical Trial is voluntary. Our dedicated team will ensure that you are treated with the utmost care and follow strict protocols, regulatory and ethical guidelines to ensure your privacy and confidentiality is maintained at all times.

All research run at ARCRU has been reviewed and approved by a NH&MRC registered Human Research Ethics Committee.

Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

The Candesartan Adjunctive Bipolar Depression Trial - CADET: A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial
Protocol No CADET BD
Description This study will test if a well-known blood pressure medication Candesartan may help recovery for people with Bipolar Depression.
Sponsor/Funding Deakin University / Medical Research Future Fund
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Agomelatine in Depression: An Open-Label Study of Agomelatine in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder
Protocol No ALTO-300-001
Description This study aims to understand the brain patterns, cognition, and behaviour of people with major depressive disorder while on treatment with Agomelatine (Valdoxan), an antidepressant medication.
Sponsor/Funding Alto Neurosciences
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Pharmacogenetics for Severe Mood Disorders: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Protocol No PMD01
Description The aim of this study to evaluate how useful the Amplis – EVO™ Mental Health genetic test is in assisting doctors prescribing decisions in the treatment of severe mood disorders.
Sponsor/Funding University of Melbourne / Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation
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Assessment of ERG Components to Discriminate Between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Type I
Protocol No dM/CL-01
Description The aim of this study is to use an electroretinography (ERG) test to measure differences in the eye in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, compared to healthy volunteers to see if this helps doctors better diagnose people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Sponsor/Funding Neuroscience Trials Australia / diaMentis Inc
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Substance misuse & addictions

A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of Personalised Approach Bias Modification for Patients Undergoing Residential Treatment for Methamphetamine Use Disorder
Protocol No MAAT
Description The aims of this study are to determine whether the brain-training reduces people’s approach bias towards methamphetamine-related images, whether the brain-training reduces methamphetamine craving and other methamphetamine dependence symptoms and whether the brain-training helps prevent relapse to methamphetamine use after leaving rehab.
Sponsor/Funding National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs
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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The International Randomised Controlled Trial of Two Forms of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Severe Depression: Focal Electrically Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST) and Right Unilateral Ultrabrief ECT
Protocol No iFEAST
Description This study aims to compare the effects of two forms of ECT on mood and thinking to improve how ECT is given as a treatment for severe depression.
Sponsor/Funding The George Institute for Global Health / National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
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Healthy Volunteers

Would you like to be a part of ground breaking medical research? Some of the Research conducted at the Ramsay Clinic Albert Road involves Healthy Volunteers as part of the control group or placebo group. This may involve participation in questionnaires, medical assessments or using diagnostic equipment. Travel costs, meals or time may be reimbursed depending on the Research, the participation required and time involved.

Health Volunteers play a very important role in improving healthcare options for the community, please consider volunteering today via the Contact Us form below.

Research and the Community

Ramsay Health Care has partnered with Rotary to establish an efficient and effective program of distributing medical equipment and goods to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.

In 2021 ARCRU proudly donated unused research laboratory supplies to Nadi Hospital in Fiji. Not only helping a community in need but also reducing unnecessary landfill.

The Ramsay Clinic Albert Road kindly supported the donation by funding the courier costs for the shipment.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you would like to be notified of future research opportunities or to find out more information about our research program.

Location: Ramsay Clinic Albert Road
Address: 31-33 Albert Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3004
Phone: 03 9279 3569

For more information about Research throughout the Ramsay network, please visit Ramsay Research.

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