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We have a proud track record in dementia clinical trials, dating back to 1994.

Who we are

The Medical and Cognitive Research Unit (MCRU), located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, is the largest dementia clinical trials site in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world.

MCRU has a strong and successful history in conducting numerous clinical trials, for various neurodegenerative disorders, with a majority of the trials focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Recently refurbished, the MCRU atmosphere is energetic, friendly, and cohesive, with strong teamwork ethos amongst all staff. The unit is comprised of study coordinators, medical investigators, administrative staff, a recruitment officer, neuropsychologist raters and an ethics officer.

What we provide

The MCRU has the capacity to conduct phase 1 to 4 stage trials with infusion, pathology, neuro-cognitive rating areas and imaging abilities (MRI, PET, CT, Bone Density) as required for all types of clinical trials.

Who we work with

The MCRU has existing relevant collaborations with:

  • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Austin Health – Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)
  • ADNet (Australian Dementia Network)
  • AIBL – the Australia Imaging, Biomarker and Lifestyle Study
  • Dementia Australia

Contact us

Medical & Cognitive Research Unit


For referral enquiries, please contact:

MCRU Recruitment Officer

Phone: 0403 110 157


General enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact:

MCRU Administration

Phone: 03 9496 2388


Open hours

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm


Level 3
Centaur Building
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
300 Waterdale Rd
Ivanhoe Victoria

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