Healthy female volunteers needed for research study into liver scanning

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Development of novel MRI scans for liver assessment – part of the NICOLA (Non-Invasive Comprehensive Liver Assessment) study

We are developing painless liver MRI scans to be used instead of liver biopsy in the future to assess liver disease.

We need healthy females aged 16-40 years old to establish how female hormones affect the normal look of the liver with our scans. Participants should be having a regular menstrual cycle without the use of hormone contraception or supplements and have a body mass index (BMI) less than 25 kg/m2.

Participation will involve 3 short visits (approx. 2 hours each) to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The study is being run by the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research and the Translational Gastroenterology Unit, University of Oxford and is funded by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee, Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Fund (Oxford University Medical Sciences Division), National Institute of Health Research and Medical Research Council.

Thank you.


Travel and snacks will be reimbursed.

Date required

Recruitment is open until August 2018.


University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR)


Please contact Dr Christina Levick on 01865 234593 or email if interested and would like more information about the study.

University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR)
Level 0, John Radcliffe Hospital,
Oxford, OX3 9DU

Clinical Trial Registration Details

This study has been approved by South Central – Oxford C Research Ethics Committee – 13/SC/0243