Cough MRI Study

MRI scannerInvestigating the urge to cough

This collaborative study between The University of Melbourne and Monash Biomedical Imaging is investigating how the brain processes sensations arising from the lungs and controls coughing in patients with chronic cough and healthy controls.

We are recruiting healthy individuals over 40 years of age who are:

  • non-smokers without any history of respiratory disorders or asthma
  • people with physician-diagnosed chronic cough that is not relieved by any medication.

This study involves two sessions. The first session can take place at The University of Melbourne, Parkville or at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Clayton. We will ask you to complete several questionnaires and test how much you feel like coughing when breathing in reagents that ‘tickle’ the respiratory passages.

In the second session, we will image your brain activity inside the MRI scanner at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Clayton.

The total time involved for both sessions will be approximately two hours. Participants will be compensated with a $50 gift card.

For more information, please email the study coordinator Dr Aung Aung Kywe Moe

This project has been approved by the University of Melbourne (Project 1852642) and Monash University (Project 17642) Human Research Ethics Committees.

Project Leader: Prof Stuart Mazzone, University of Melbourne,