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NEW STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT

Sleep Disturbance Research

ARE YOU CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING DISTURBED SLEEP?

If so, you may be able to help test a safe, natural product which could improve your sleep.

Check your eligibility here

If your sleep is currently disturbed, you could help medical research.

Thank you for your interest in RDC Clinical’s new study, into a type of fat most commonly found in animals and which is a natural component of the normal human diet. The fat is known as “PEA” and has previously been identified as a therapeutic substance with potent anti-inflammatory properties and studied for its pain-relieving effects. It is believed PEA may also be of benefit in relieving the symptoms of sleep difficulties, and this will be the study’s focus.

Your sleep patterns will be monitored, you may get valuable insight.

If you’re over 18 years old, currently having trouble sleeping (e.g. difficulty getting to sleep, waking during the night, not feeling rested in the morning) and otherwise healthy, you could help with this important study and learn valuable information about your sleep patterns. Once enrolled you’ll be asked to attend our clinic in Newstead, Brisbane, for an initial interview, where you’ll complete lifestyle questionnaires, have body measurements taken and blood analysis for inflammation & liver function.

Then you’ll be given a sleep monitoring device that you’ll be asked to wear on your wrist for three days and nights continuously, keeping a diary of your sleep during that time. You’ll also be given the study product in capsule form to take once a day, roughly 60 minutes before going to bed. This process of sleep monitoring and tests will take place a further 4 times over the following 8-week period.

You will be one of 120 study participants divided into two groups of 60. One group will take the active study product, one group will take a placebo (a harmless, inactive substance).

If you’d like to take part in this study, we’d love your help. More information is below, the eligibility & registration form is on this page.

About the product you’ll help test… a natural food component.

“PEA” is a type of fat, most commonly found in animals and forms a natural component of the normal human diet. It was identified in the 1950’s by Professor Rita Levi-Montalcini as a therapeutic substance with potent anti-inflammatory properties, it has also previously been studied for its pain-relieving effects. This study is to further research PEA’s capabilities in benefiting relief of the symptoms of sleep disturbance.

About the study you’ll take part in… sleep monitoring.

If you’d like to help with this study, we’ll need your assistance over an 8-week period, intermittently wearing a sleep tracking device on your wrist and completing a sleep diary for three days and nights at a time. You would need to attend our clinic in Newstead, Brisbane, once at the beginning and again at the conclusion of the study.

*Please note that there are no overnight stays required as part of this study. The sleep wrist sleep monitor will track your sleep while you are in the comfort of your own home.

STUDY SCHEDULE FOLLOWING SCREENING & ENROLMENT PROCESS:

Day 1 – Commencement

  • Attend clinic in Newstead, Brisbane.
  • Lifestyle questionnaires.
  • Body measurements.
  • Blood analysis for inflammatory markers & liver function.

You will also be provided with:

  • A wrist sleep monitor to wear periodically over the course of the study.
  • The study product in capsule form, to take roughly 60 minutes before going to bed for the 8- week study period.

[time duration for appointment = 60 minutes] Day 5, Week 2 & Week 4

  • Follow up online questionnaires.
  • Wear the wrist sleep monitor and complete a sleep diary for 3 days and nights.

Week 8 – Final Visit, Newstead

  • Lifestyle questionnaires.
  • Body measurements.
  • Blood analysis for inflammatory markers & liver function.
  • Wear the wrist sleep monitor and complete a sleep diary for 3 days and nights.
  • Return the sleep monitor.

[time duration for appointment – 60 minutes]Week 10 – Follow up

  • Follow up online questionnaires.

If you’re currently experiencing trouble sleeping and would like to help in this study, we’d love to hear from you. Please register your interest by answering the questionnaire and completing the form on this page… we’ll then get in touch to begin the screening process.

About the benefits of taking part… valuable sleep monitoring.

In addition to helping advance medical research in an exciting area, as a participant in this study you will also:

  • Learn valuable information about your sleep patterns.
  • Learn other valuable information about your health, body composition and lifestyle, including blood analysis for inflammatory markers & liver function.
  • Have potential to benefit from the active study product (50% possibility), which has been identified to have potent anti-inflammatory properties, has been previously studied for its pain-relieving effects and is currently being studied for benefit in relieving the symptoms of sleep disturbance.
Check if you can take part… study participant requirements.

Are you…

  • Aged over 18?
  • Currently having trouble sleeping? such as..
    • Difficulty getting to sleep
    • Difficulty staying asleep
    • Waking to use the bathroom
    • Feel too hot or too cold
    • Wakeup not feeling rested
  • In general good health?
  • A non-smoker?
  • Willing to wear a wrist sleep monitor and keep a sleep diary for a series of 3-day, 3-night test periods?
  • Able to attend our clinic in Newstead, Brisbane, a total of 2 times over an 8 week period? 
Ethics approval & privacy… you’ll be in safe, professional hands.

This RDC Clinical study has been approved by the University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee under Approval Number: 2018-08-668-A-1. The study is also registered on the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry under Registration Number: ACTRN12618001339246p.

Trained Trial Co-ordinators will supervise your progress throughout the study. Your results in the study will be made fully available to you. Any of your personal information collected during the study will be kept in the strictest confidence and your rights as a participant are fully reserved.

I WANT TO HELP, I’M READY TO APPLY!

 

About the location of the study...you'll attend clinic appointments

Our clinic is located in Doggett Street, Newstead, Brisbane.

We are walking distance from the Commercial Road Ferry Terminal & local buses, and a quick 10 minute walk from Bowen Hills train station. We also have onsite visitor parking available.

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