What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are medical research studies involving people. All new medical treatments need to be thoroughly tested in the laboratory before being tested in voluntary participants. Clinical trials look at risks, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions. Some trials are for establishing side effects of current medication and some are for the purposes of introducing better treatment for the public.

At East Sydney Doctors we conduct all phases of clinical trials, ranging from phase 1 to phase 3.


Phase I studies of a new drug are usually the first that involve people. The main reason for doing phase I studies is to find the highest dose of the new treatment that can be given safely without serious side effects. Although the treatment has been tested in lab and animal studies, the side effects in people can’t always be predicted. These studies also help to decide on the best way to give the new treatment.

If a new treatment is found to be reasonably safe in phase I clinical trials, it can then be tested in a phase II clinical trial to find out if it works. The type of benefit or response the doctors look for depends on the goal of the treatment. It may mean the health condition of the participant improves, the health issue altogether disappears or the benefit may be an improved quality of life.


Phase III clinical trials compare the safety and effectiveness of the new treatment against the current standard treatment.

Clinical trials at East Sydney Doctors

East Sydney Doctors has been historically involved in HIV and infectious disease studies and more recently the trials team has been involved in respiratory, dermatology, and gynaecology studies.

Our main recruitment source is ESD’s vast database of loyal and longstanding patients, and we pride ourselves in high participant recruitment and retention rates.

East Sydney Doctors is involved in many different areas of research – HIV, Hep C, gynaecology, dermatology, respiratory and many more.

Some of the major national and international studies that the practice has been involved with to date, are START and EPIC Prep which have led to major findings in HIV prevention and treatment.


Current studies at the practice range from phase 1 studies in women diagnosed with CIN II/III to a new antibiotic treatment for treatment of Uncomplicated Urogenital Gonorrhea.

For more information about conducting trials at East Sydney Doctors please send and email to or call 02 9332 2531



Clinical Trials Team

The trials team at East Sydney Doctors are experienced, knowledgeable and extremely passionate and caring towards all patients and always working towards improving the patients’ journey throughout the trial.


Roshanak Mousavi is the clinical trials manager at East Sydney Doctors and her background is in biomedical engineering. She works with an enthusiastic team of study coordinators who are PhD students or professionals with a scientific background who have experience in clinical trials.

Information for sponsors 

East Sydney Doctors has a dedicated clinical trials team, consisting of experienced GPs, nurses and clinical trial coordinators with a strong interest and years of experience in trials. We work with a central private ethics committee that allows for a fast turnaround for applications.



There is a dedicated space within the East Sydney Doctors building where clinical trials are conducted and there is restricted access to all clinical trials materials. The space includes temperature-controlled storage facilities such and fridge and freezer. There are experienced and ICH-GCP trained nurses on site where needed, with a pathology on site for blood collection and processing. The close proximity to St Vincent’s Hospital in case of an emergency, or in case of referral for any specific tests that are only available in a hospital setting, is also an advantage.



HIV: HIV-Naïve and experienced patients in need of anti-HIV drugs

HEPATITIS C:  Hepatitis C infection in people living with HIV

SEXUAL HEALTH: treatment of gonorrhoea & UTIs

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE: Prevention and treatment of respiratory illness

DERMATOLOGY: People affected by atopic dermatitis (eczema), Rosacea and plaque Psoriasis

GYNAECOLOGY: women with high grade cervical (CIN2/CIN3) lesions

Our Current/Recruiting Trials


Have you been recently diagnosed with uncomplicated urogenital Gonorrhoea? Or do you have urogenital discharge and haven’t been treated yet? A new treatment might be available to you.​


Using a topical cream to treat Moderate to Severe Nail Psoriasis.


Do you feel ongoing acute/chronic pain but analgesics are not helping you? You might be eligible for an alternative pain management medicine.


Did you know BV is the most common vaginal infection? Its more common than thrush, 1 in 3 women will be misdiagnosed as Thrush and prescribed the incorrect treatment. If you have recurrent BV please register your interest below for a free BV Screen.


Medicinal Cannabis could be an alternative therapy to treat chronic conditions in which conventional treatment options have been unsuccessful. Medicinal Cannabis can help treat: Chronic Pain, Sleep Disorders and Depression & Anxiety and many more.


Have you had High Grade CIN2/CIN3 lesions detected? We are trying a new intravaginal drug to treat these pre-cancerous lesions! If you are successfully enrolled, the study will provide colposcopies and a LLETZ procedure free of charge!

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Would you like to be part of our clinical trials?

If you are interested in being part of any of the current or upcoming clinical trials listed above, please contact us!



Latest publications of completed clinical trial studies:

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