Volunteers needed for research projects

Volunteer for a Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) research study
QBI is seeking human participants for several studies. All studies have received Human Ethics clearances and comply with University and government policies and legislation. Click here to find out more.

Pain-free volunteer needed for an ultrasound study
Healthy adults without pain in the neck, the upper limb, or the back and without scoliosis are sought for this study, which includes two sessions of ultrasound testing on separate days (1-2 days apart). The testing takes 2 hours on the first day, and 1 hour on the second day. Muscle tension in the neck and upper back will be measured using an ultrasound machine. Participants will receive a brochure with tips for preventing musculoskeletal problems. Email Yanfei: yanfei.xie@uq.edu.au

Is variety the spice of work?
Are you a multi-tasker? Do you like to juggle lots of tasks at work, or do you prefer less variety? Whatever your strategy, we invite full-time employees to participate in our study on the costs and benefits of variety at work. The study uses experience sampling, which involves completing mini-surveys for five consecutive work days. All participants receive a research-based tip sheet for managing work stress, and go into a draw to win one of three $100 gift cards. For more information click here.

Brain plasticity and oscillations in people 65+
Volunteers aged 65+ who are in reasonable health and right-handed are sought for a study investigating the effects of ageing on brain plasticity and the ability of the brain to undergo change. The study will include two sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each at UQ St Lucia. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic) and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour and parking can be organised. Contact: Dr. Claire Bradley claire.bradley@uq.edu.au

Queensland Twin Adolescent Brain Project (QTAB)
What changes occur in the brain during the critical period of early adolescence?  Would your family like to take part in our journey to explore this very important period of development? Our team is using advanced imaging techniques to see inside the brain and to track developmental changes through early and mid-adolescence in a large sample of twins from Brisbane and South-East Queensland.  Concurrently, we are assessing cognition, social behaviour, and mental health, as well as collecting blood and saliva samples. This will provide vital new knowledge of the structural and functional changes in the adolescent brain – how the healthy teenage brain develops, and to help us understand how developmental processes in the brain may go awry during adolescence. For more information, visit: https://qbi.uq.edu.au/QTABproject.

Boosting neuroplasticity in elderly participants
The central nervous system is remarkably adaptive and continually changing. These neuronal changes (neuroplasticity) allow for the acquisition of new skills, the retention of memories, and even the recovery from brain injury. Our study will assess whether the artificial induction of sleep-related brain activity (activity thought critical to the consolidation process) modulates the consolidation of neuroplasticity in the motor region of the brain (the motor cortex). Participants will be asked to partake in two experimental sessions (with approximately one week between successive sessions). Each session will last approximately two hours. Within each session, participants can expect to receive transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial alternating current stimulation, and electroencephalography. Seeking volunteers aged 65 and over.  For more information, contact Dr Martin Sale m.sale@uq.edu.au

Share your brain-related story
Scientists at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute are working to better understand the brain and develop new treatments for brain disorders. Have you been affected by dementia, stroke, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, depression, or anxiety? Share your story on QBI’s podcast, A Grey Matter. The podcast is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are.

Volunteers aged 60-85 to help investigate exercise and learning a new language
Healthy volunteers aged 60-85 who have English as their primary language are sought to participate in a study. The aim of this study is to investigate if one session of exercise can improve language learning abilities in ageing. Participation includes a free fitness assessment with an accredited exercise physiologist, behavioural tasks and blood tests. This study is held at the UQ St Lucia Campus School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Participants are asked to attend three visits (of 2 hours each) and are reimbursed up to $120 for their time and travel. For more information click here or contact Marie McSween.