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Lifelong Health

Project SCIN

Lifelong Health

A project to improve diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfuntion in people with a spinal cord injury

Despite extensive research there is no effective cure and few treatments for ongoing health problems, including sexual dysfuntion, following spinal cord injury (SCI).

This clinical trial needs sexually healthy volunteers to help explore whether advanced neuroimaging techniques can measure sexual activity in the brain.

Participants will receive $100 at the completion of the study.

To be eligible for this study you are:

- Aged between 18 and 75 years inclusive

- Medically stable (as assessed by the Study Doctor)

- Be willing to answer questions about your sexuality, levels of mental and physical arousal and preference to erotic films


What's involved?


Before you enter the study, you and the Study Coordinator will go through your medical records to confirm eligibility. Once enrolled, the team will complete a neurological exam and a pain evaluation as well as some questionnaires about your wellbeing and sexual function. 


Over the course of two visits, the team will perform a brain and spinal fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. During these scans the team will measure brain and/or brain activity response(s) while viewing erotic films. Each scan will take approximately 40 minutes.

Data analysis

The team will assess your fMRI scans and measure sexual activity in the brain and spinal cord by detecting changes associated with blood flow.                  


Your participation will help to change clinical guidelines about the most effective therapies for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in spinal cord injury (SCI) and in time might lead to the discovery of new treatments.


For more information, download the form on this page, or contact:

P: (08) 8128 4744

E: project.SCIN@sahmri.com


This study has been reviewed and approved by the Central Adelaide Local Health Network’s Research Governance and Human Research Ethics Committee (2021/HRE00106)

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