Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they are priceless.
– Sherry Anderson


New discoveries in health and wellbeing for our community and our tamariki starts with you. Volunteers enable us to make new discoveries that could transform the way we understand and manage health and wellbeing.

MRI scanning is a safe procedure without known harmful effects and does not require injections or any other invasive procedures. Applicants will be sent a full information sheet and required to sign an informed consent form before any scans will be undertaken.

NOTE: Because the images are not routinely reviewed by a radiologist we are unable to perform diagnostic scans of areas where you have known abnormalities for medical purposes.

Sign up to volunteer for painless non-invasive MRI research, using world-leading technology.

For enquiries, please contact: Davidson Taylor, at d.taylor@matai.org.nz


Mātai is seeking normal (healthy) volunteers to undergo an MRI scan to assist with teaching, training or the development and refinement of scan protocols. The research aims to develop improvements in MRI technology, which allows us to see inside the human body, providing non-invasive insights into injury and disease, and in our understanding of illness and disorders. These advancements will help with the potential to further our understanding of disease and disorders, with a core focus of enhancing health outcomes for our community.

This study has received ethical approval from the Health and Disability Ethics Committee. Ref No. 20/CEN/107


‘Knocks To The Head’: Looking For Signs Of Brain Damage
(Early Biomarkers in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multidisciplinary Approach)

Mātai Medical Research Institute is a newly established magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based research centre here in Gisborne. One of our first studies will be looking at high definition brain (white matter) changes in contact sports players vs non-contact sports players (or non-sports players altogether). We also intend to perform a 15-minute eye tracking experiment for those receiving MRI scans. This entails wearing a pair of glasses which track the eye movements while staring at animation on a computer screen.

We wish to scan a cohort of 16-18 year olds to compare our contact sports players brains to their non-sports colleagues. We are also looking for people (in the age range of 12-50 years old) who have a concussion and who have NOT had a concussion (healthy volunteers) to join this study.

This will entail a 45-minute MRI scan at the new MRI machine at Gisborne Hospital at Mātai Medical Research Institute (a small satellite building on the hospital site).

This study has received ethical approval from the Health and Disability Ethics Committee. Ref No. 20/NTB/14