Help us help others bounce back better after stroke

Christchurch stroke recovery clinical trials

Anyone who has had a stroke or been at the side of a loved one on the long road to stroke recovery knows how slow and frustrating progress can be.


Current stroke treatments are limited in what they can offer - sometimes, improvement can stop altogether and people are left with what appears to be permanent disabilities. 

What if there was a treatment that could reverse the effects of stroke, even years later?

At the CGM Research Trust, we are committed to helping to find treatments for some of the most difficult conditions facing modern medicine, including Stroke. We hope that one day, stroke recovery will be faster, easier and more complete - but we need to trial new medications to help this happen.

If you, or somebody you know, are interested in taking part in a clinical trial for stroke recovery, register here to receive updates and our CGM Research Trust newsletter, call us on 03 337 7821, or contact us.


Etanercept for Stroke Recovery

Have you had a STROKE between 1 and 5 years ago?

Were you between the age of 18 and 65 at the time of your stroke?

Do you still have a moderate to severe disability following your stroke?

If you have answered YES to the questions above,

you may be eligible to be part of a new trial being held at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch.

This trial is looking at whether a drug called Etanercept

(which is commonly used to treat other illnesses)

is effective in helping relieve some symptoms of stroke.

If you're interested in learning more about the study, please fill out the form below or call us on 03 337 7821

What happens next?

One of our clinical research nurses will be in contact. If you are interested and you meet the criteria for the study, we will offer you the opportunity to attend an appointment at CGM Research Trust at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, to discuss the study further.

If you decide to participate, we will make another appointment for more detailed assessments and a thorough physical examination. Whether you join the study or not, there is no cost associated with these visits.

If you are eligible for the study and would like to enrol, we’ll get you started on your first treatment. In this clinical trial you may recieve active medication or a placebo. This is an important part of any trial and helps ascertain whether a medication works or not. You will still receive specialist medical attention.

What if I get accepted into the study?

What if I don't get accepted for this study, or choose not to take part?

If you are offered a place in the study, you are free to choose whether or not you enrol, or to change your mind at any time.

If you enquire about the study and choose not to take part

We have new studies coming up all the time and we encourage you to join our contact list so we can let you know about any other studies that you might be interested in.

The CGM Research Trust is part of a global team to identify treatments for some of the most difficult conditions that impact day to day life that modern medicine is grappling with, including Stroke. 

What are the benefits and risks of a clinical trial?

Each clinical trial has its own benefits and risks. But for the most part, clinical trials have some of the same potential benefits to participants:

  • You can access new research treatments before they are widely available.

  • Your participation may help others by contributing to medical research.

  • This opportunity may provide you with an effective treatment option.

  • By taking a more active role in your health care you may feel more in control.

  • You'll receive thorough cognitive and physical assessments.

  • For the course of the trial, you will see a Specialist and care team regularly and your progress will be monitored closely.

Some possible risks of being in a clinical trial can include:

  • The new treatment may have unknown side effects or other risks which may be worse than those from standard treatments.

  • The new treatment may not work for you even if it helps others.

  • You may need to have more doctor visits or testing which may require more time and travel.

Etanercept for Stroke Recovery

Early Memory Loss

CGM Research Trust

Canterbury Geriatric Medical Research Trust

Burwood Hospital, 300 Burwood Road, Christchurch, 8083    03 - 337 7821