The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) is a unique multi-institutional collaboration in preventive health research.

It seeks to capitalise on the collective strengths, commonality of purpose and outstanding track records of research concentrations at University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland and Swinburne University of Technology.

Its primary goal is to generate evidence underpinning healthy diet and lifestyle choices which can optimise physical and mental fitness and counteract chronic non-communicable diseases.

The CNRC has brought together scientists from four Australian Universities with outstanding individual track records of multidisciplinary research for the purpose of:

  • consolidating existing research strengths
  • building partnerships with stakeholders
  • delivering translational research outcomes
  • setting a benchmark for research excellence

It comprises leading Australian expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of specific diet modifications (functional foods and supplements) and physical activity programs.

Volunteers wanted for research study

Volunteers wanted for research study

We are seeking women who suffer from regular menstrual migraines to participate in a new research study that will investigate whether a nutritional supplement (resveratrol) can prevent menstrual migraines, as well as improve blood vessel function in the brain.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are aged between 18 and 50 years
  • Have regular periods
  • Suffer from migraines that last at least four hours just before or during your period in your last three menstrual cycles

Participation for this trial will be online and by mail. You will not be required to attend the research centre. However, volunteers who live in Newcastle will be given the option to visit the research centre on three occasions for further testing. If you are eligible for the trial we will send you supplement capsules to take daily for six menstrual cycles and you will also complete a daily supplement diary.

Investigators: Dr Rachel Wong, Emeritus Professor Peter Howe, Professor Lyn Griffiths and Miss Jemima Dzator.

For further information, please contact Jemima Dzator on (02) 4921 8616 or email This project has been approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee. Approval No: H-2019-0416.

Please see this link to Jemima's recent zoom interview with Migraine Australia for Migraine Awareness Month.

Collaborating Institutions

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.