Clinical Research Unit

Service type


Our bright and child friendly Clinical Research Unit is fully equipped for a wide range of clinical studies, including detailed metabolic, obesity and nutritional assessments, and neurocognitive testing in children and adults. The clinic provides for a range of public good and pharma funded studies, with onsite parking available for participants.

EquipmentDEXA scanner, PEA POD and more
Three clinic roomsSix beds for assessment and treatment
PlayroomWaiting area with toys and books
KitchenFor patients and clinicians
The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is a key service offered by the Human Health Research Services Platform. The CRU provides support for clinical research studies through services such as phlebotomy for blood sample collection, nursing support for assessments, and DEXA scanning for bone density and body composition measurements.

The clinic is equipped with multiple rooms for assessments for infants, children, and adults and plays a vital role in achieving key milestones in your clinical research study. All staff involved in the set up, conduct and closure of clinical trials maintain current training in ICH-GCP and understand the requirements of The Guideline on the Regulation of Therapeutic Products in New Zealand Part 11: regulatory approval and good clinical practice requirements.

Services available

Browse our services below and get in touch if you’re interested in using the Clinical Research Unit for your study.

Clinic rooms

We have six beds in three rooms for assessment and treatment. For short duration studies, we can set up a room with six armchairs. There are also several small, quiet rooms for questionnaires and psychological studies.

Kitchen and eating area

Playroom with lots of toys and books

Onsite parking for participants


We are fully equipped for a wide range of clinical studies.

DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanner that allows measurement of body composition in children and adults to determine the relative amounts of fat and lean tissue. It is also the most accurate way to measure bone mineral density.

Peripheral QCT (Quantitative Computed Tomography) scanner which precisely measures cortical bone density, the most accurate index of actual bone density and strength. This tool can be used in infants, children and adults.

PEA POD (Infant Body Composition) machine which uses whole body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in infants weighing between 1 and 8 kg.

Equipment to perform sophisticated cardiovascular, exercise and endocrine assessments.

Portable ultrasound which can be used for a range of functions including carotid intimal thickness assessment and flow mediated vasodilation (an accurate measure of peripheral vascular function).

Leonardo Jump Plate. This measures jump power as well as balance and is a useful tool in children and adults with impaired gait or motor function.

Developmental testing suite with video recording.

Nursing and Phlebotomy

Our friendly paediatric and research nurses can provide support for assessments. Phlebotomy services are available and there is a laboratory on site.

Phlebotomy and sample collection rooms.

Laboratory and sample processing areas.

Study roadmap

Take a look at our study roadmap, which acts as a guide for setting up your research project. No matter where you are in your research journey, our tool allows you to navigate directly to the step that is most relevant to you. It’s packed full of useful resources and examples of research scenarios that may relate to your journey.

Contact us

Talk to us about your research study.

+649 923 1006