Volunteers needed for research projects

Healthy volunteers needed to assess the impact of exercise on memory and brain-ageing

Healthy men and women aged 65–85 are invited to participate in a six-month supervised exercise program. To be eligible participants must have no history of stroke or brain trauma, no diagnosed mental illness or cognitive function impairment, be free of significant cardiovascular disease, have a healthy BMI (< 30 kg/m2) and be able and willing to commit to the duration of the exercise program. Participation will include fitness tests, cognitive function testing, MRI scans of the brain, and small blood samples. Please contact Dr Mia Schaumberg and the Healthy Brain-Ageing Team at healthybrains@uq.edu.au or +61 7  3443 3209 for further details.


Healthy volunteers required for research to study brain activity and human behaviour

Brain activity and human behaviour researchers are seeking healthy volunteers with no known neurological conditions to participate in a study to investigate brain activity response to various stimuli. This study will be across two sessions and take up to 3 hours per session at UQ, St Lucia, where brain activity will be recorded, EEG and MRI, in response various stimuli (some of which can be confronting) and a gambling task where money can be won. Participants will be reimbursed at the end of both sessions up to $215 in total. Parking can be organised for you at UQ St Lucia. For further details visit the webpage https://qbi.uq.edu.au/brain-activity-and-human-behaviour-study or contact Clinical Trials Manager apcn.ocd.trial@uq.edu.au.

Does your credit union or bank benefit you?

Volunteers aged 18+ who use credit unions or banks are sought to participate in a study investigating the socio-economic benefits of credit unions and banks. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Universidade Federal De Lavras, Brazil. The study involves completion of an anonymous, online survey consisting of seven basic demographic, 30 ranked, and eight open-ended questions. Estimated time to complete the survey is 15 minutes. Participants will enter a draw to win one of six $50 gift cards. For further details click here or contact Alastair Robb a.robb@business.uq.edu.au or Saulo Maia s.cardosomaia@uq.edu.au.

Have you sprained your ankle recently?

Volunteers aged 18- 40 years who have sprained their ankle for the first time in last 4 weeks are needed for a study investigating hip and knee muscle strength. Testing will take approximately 1 hour and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles-Myer gift card. For further details contact Nafiseh Khalaj n.khalaj@uq.edu.au.

Genetics of brain development in epilepsy

To study the role of genes in brain development leading to epilepsy, we are seeking male and female volunteers (no brain damage, psychiatric disorder, substance dependency) aged 20+ as healthy controls. Participation involves giving a small blood sample for genome sequencing, a stool sample for metagenome sequencing of gut bacteria, and a ultra-high resolution 7T MRI scan of your brain. Participation takes about 2 hours at the Centre for Advanced Imaging (St Lucia campus), where free parking is possible. You will receive $50 to compensate for your time and travel. For further information please contact Yvonne Gautam: y.gautam@uq.edu.au.

How does lower back pain affect the brain?

People with lower back pain and healthy volunteers over 18 are sought for this study. This study evaluates how lower back pain affects the integration of sensory information coming from the lower back. Participation requires attending one session of approx. 2-3 hours that evaluates the excitability of the brain following noxious and non-noxious stimulation of the back muscles. Testing will take place in the Therapies Building (84a) at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel. For more information contact Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie h.massealarie@uq.edu.au.

Free exercise training for people with type 2 diabetes

Researchers are currently looking for volunteers with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study here at UQ designed to improve your diabetic health. You will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. If you’re aged 18-75 years and interested in improving your overall health then please contact Trishan Gajanand t.gajanand@uq.edu.au or visit http://www.exercise4diabetes.com/

Volunteers wanted for a food record study

People aged 18 and over with a mobile phone and internet access are sought for this study, which is looking at the usefulness of questionnaire data collected in gastroenteritis investigations. We are looking to review food records and determine how well participants are able to remember what they have eaten 2-3 weeks later. Participants will be asked to upload photos of their food to an online survey for 7 days, with a 15-minute interview to be conducted 2-3 weeks later. Participants will receive a $20 gift voucher. Contact Liana Varrone l.varrone@uq.net.au or 0430 492 599.

Experiencing a lifetime major depressive disorder

Researchers from the sociology department are seeking participants who have been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and are 18 years or older. Participants will need to talk about their life and their thoughts on recovery. This study involves a face-to-face interview that may be 1-3 hours long, depending on the participant. Participants will be reimbursed $40. For more information contact Anne-Marie Snider a.snider@uq.edu.au.

Training to improve foot control in Cerebral Palsy

We are seeking participants aged 15-25 who are diagnosed with spastic Cerebral Palsy and can walk independently (with or without an aid) for a research study. The study involves six weeks of neuromuscular ankle training and three testing sessions at St Lucia campus. Parking can be provided and participants will be reimbursed. If you (or someone you know) are interested and would like more information please contact Shari O'Brien on 0451 297 485 or s.obrien12@uq.edu.au.

How do magnetic fields influence balance? 

We are seeking participants aged between 18-55 to test how magnetic fields surrounding a 7T MRI scanner can temporarily effect balance, working memory and attention to see how they may affect worker performance in an MRI.  The study requires five 30-minute sessions to be completed over a five-week period and involves exposure to strong magnetic fields and the completion of cognitive tests and balance tests. The participants will receive entertainment vouchers as compensation for participation. If you are interested, please contact Miguel Fuentes on 33 65 3997 or miguel@itee.uq.edu.au