Volunteer for research studies

We can't do research without your help.

If you'd like to get involved, there are many studies looking for volunteers. Below is a list of the most recent, or you can browse by category.

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Do you use health and fitness apps on your phone? Participate in our survey

Do you use a smartphone app or other health tracking device (eg. FitBit)? We'd love to hear about what health and fitness apps you use and your attitudes towards sharing the data collected by apps with researchers.

Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BV9M8FY and go into the draw to win a $200 iTunes or Google Play voucher. The survey closes on 30 April.


Artistic visualisation of the brainwave of meditators

Seeking participants for a short study of the meditation experience in an interactive environment.

The main aim of the study is visualizing the meditation experience. The brainwave data of meditators and non-meditators will be recorded to aid in the development of a digital artwork displaying creative visualization patterns (based on Buddhism) changing in response to brainwaves. The motivation behind the project is to inspire people of the benefits of meditation in helping to clear their minds and reduce stress.
Each session will take 60 minutes. During the session, participants will have your brainwave data recorded for a 10-minute period. Then they will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about internal experience. If anyone is interested, they can continue to participate in later studies of different prototypes in the series.

This study takes place with in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Please contact Youngdong if you are interested or have any questions anout the project:

T 0424 670 424
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Volunteers needed for a sleep comfort study

We are looking for participants in a study on the effect of pillow type on sleep quality and musculoskeletal symptoms.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • are aged between 20-65 years old.
  • are experiencing neck/shoulder muscle pain/stiffness.
  • do not have sleep disorders or leg movement disorders
  • do not have a history of cervicothoracic spine injury, surgery or are currently receiving treatment for neck symptoms.

The study is conducted at the University of Sydney (Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe), and it involves 4 night visits to the sleep laboratory to collect data. Anyone interested should contact Mr Pei-te Huang on 0452 488 288 or for more information and to arrange an appointment.


Healthy volunteers for vestibular migraine study

You are invited to participate in our study, which is investigating the impact of vestibular migraine. People with vestibular migraine experience symptoms such as vertigo, unsteadiness, and dizziness, and some also experience migraine headache.

We need people who have never experienced migraine headache, or vestibular dysfunction to participate in our study to help us to better understand the challenges/difficulties of living with vestibular migraine. If you choose to take part, you would be asked to participate in a short clinical interview, complete two questionnaires, and complete a computer-based task that assesses attention.

The study will take no longer than an hour to complete and you will be compensated for your time with a double adult movie pass.

If you are interested in participating please phone Ingrid on 9036 7855 or email .

Thank you for your consideration.


Female Volunteers needed: Young women, health and weight management

Researchers at the University of Sydney are seeking volunteers to participate in the Young Women, Health and Weight Management study. This study aims to look at weight loss techniques used by young women, and barriers for young women participating in weight loss research programs.

The study involves attendance at a single 1 to 1.5 hour focus group session at one of two Sydney locations of your choice (Camperdown or Lidcombe), Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, or via teleconference. During this session, you will have the opportunity to outline what weight loss techniques have and haven't worked for you in the past, discuss your attitudes to weight management, and put forward ideas about how to design better weight loss programs for research studies.

We are looking for healthy women who are:

  • 18-35 years
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher*
  • Non-smokers
  • Fluent in English

Eligible participants who complete the study will receive a Coles Myer gift card.

If you're interested in participating or would like to learn more about the study, feel free to contact Helen Parker on 0434 362 515 or .

*BMI is your weight (in kg) divided by your height squared (in metres). To calculate your BMI, visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmi-m.htm


Enrolling mild to moderate eczema patients in whey protein clinical trial

The St George Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centre in conjunction with Centenary Institute is undertaking a study examining the use of whey proteins on atopic dermatitis (eczema).

It involves attending fortnightly visits, completing a questionnaire and providing a blood sample for 8 weeks. Your skin is examined regularly by a clinician at a specialist dermatology practice.
We would like to talk to you if you are:

  • aged 18-55
  • Have mild to moderate eczema
  • Not receiving any current topical or oral therapy

Participants receive free regular consultations overseen by a dermatologist as part of the research.

For more information please call 02 9587 4277 or email or . Like our page on Facebook

Factors contributing to the success of self-directed weight loss

The purpose of this research study is to identify the strategies and characteristic of people who have recently lost weight on their own.

We would like to talk to you if you:

  • Recently lost weight on your own
  • Lost at least 5% of your body weight
  • Be between the ages of 18- 65 years

Participation in this study involves a one hour interview about your weight loss experience, and a questionnaire.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact or phone 02 86271960

Do you need help losing weight?

The Boden Institute can help you change what you eat and how you exercise.

The Institute, at The Charles Perkins Centre, is seeking participants who are interested in weight loss. You will be involved in a study comparing two different diets.

For 6 weeks you will receive weight loss advice from our Dietitians and Exercise Physiologists (at no cost to you).

If you are interested please contact James Gerofi or Mackenzie Fong.

Hearing Aid Wearers Needed to Volunteer for Research

This study examines how the need to continually refocus one's listening attention from person to person during a conversation impacts the ability to understand and recall what has been said. The experiment will take 2 to 3 hours and may be completed over one or more visits.

This experiment seeks volunteers who:

  • are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • are native English speakers
  • have a clinical diagnosis of mild to moderate hearing loss
  • and currently wear hearing aids to help with our research.

Participants will receive reimbursement for travel costs. Please email or call (02) 9351 2019 for details.

Female volunteers needed: The FOOD, MOOD & MIND STUDY

Researchers at the University of Sydney are seeking volunteers to participate in the FOOD, MOOD & MIND STUDY. This study aims to look at how food and nutrients like iron and zinc can influence mood and brain function in young women.

The study involves two sessions at one of two Sydney locations of your choice (Camperdown or Lidcombe). During one of these sessions, you will get to play 'brain games' on a touch screen computer which measures your brain power.

We are looking for healthy women who are:

  • 18-35 years
  • 80kg or higher
  • Non-smokers
  • Fluent in English

Eligible participants who complete the study will receive a $100 Coles Myer gift card.

If you're interested in participating or would like to learn more about the study, feel free to contact Helen Parker on 0434 362 515 or . Like our page on facebook.

A new approach to bipolar depression

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment? The CADE Clinic would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.

The CADE Clinic are looking for anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression. The trial will NOT involve any costs. The Clinic will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial. If you would like to find out more, please email the trial coordinator or phone 9462 9902.

What is the most accurate way to estimate portion sizes?

Research investigating how our diet affects our health relies on accurate information about what and how much (portion size) people eat – yet the most accurate way for people to estimate how much they eat is not known!

The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition Exercise & Eating Disorders is seeking participants for a study which compares the accuracy of different ways to estimate portion sizes.
Eligible participants are males and females aged 18-70 years.
If you are interested, please contact .

The PREVIEW Study Australia: Prevention of diabetes through lifestyle intervention

Are you overweight? Do you lose weight but have trouble keeping it off?

If so, you could have ‘pre-diabetes’.

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney is looking for volunteers to take part in a free weight loss and weight maintenance program to help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This international study provides help from dietitians and your medical progress is fully monitored for 3 years.

This is a new approach to weight control without the use of medications.

If you are between the ages of 25 and 70 and would like to be considered please Call or SMS (0434 751 015), Or , or visit our webpage

Travel to work or study in Sydney

Help researchers know more about the health impacts of travelling by public transport compared to by car.

You will be asked to:

  • Perform a standardised trip either by walking, car* or bus from Cumberland Campus to Lidcombe train station
  • Wear small sensors to record physiological and environmental data
  • Perform physiological testing and complete questionnaires

*You must have access to a car and a valid Australian Drivers Licence.

$50 compensation for participation in the study.

For more information contact

Can cryotherapy improve recovery from muscle damage?

We seek male participants, aged 18-35 with no injuries, medication, or supplements to undertake cryotherapy (the safe exposure to very cold temperature for only 3 minutes).

Participants have to visit the exercise facility (NSW Institute of Sport) on 5 occasions.

The 1st visit is to measure baseline & acute response to cooling therapy. The 2nd visit involves eccentric exercise followed by cooling therapy. Visits 3, 4, 5 examines muscle recovery follow up.

All visits include muscle function testing and blood samples. Participants will be reimbursed $100 for their time and travel

For more information contact

How do you feel about your medicines?

An individual’s medicine use will change with time and involve starting as well as stopping medicines. We are interested in how older people feel about their medicines and having changes made to their medicines. We believe that this will provide us with information to better manage individuals and their medicines in the future.

Participating in this research will involve filling out an anonymous questionnaire. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • at least 65 years old
  • taking at least 1 long term prescription medicine

Complete the questionnaire online
OR for a paper copy with reply paid envelope to be sent to you, contact
Dr Emily Reeve
Phone: 02 9926 4924
E-mail: emily.reeve@sydney.edu.au


How do you feel about the medicines that the person you care for takes?

An individual’s medicine use will change with time and involve starting as well as stopping medicines. We are interested in how carers feel about their care recipient’s medicines and having changes made to their medicines. We believe that this will provide us with information to better manage individuals and their medicines in the future.

Participating in this research will involve filling out an anonymous questionnaire. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

To be eligible you need to be a non-paid carer for a family member or friend who is:

  • at least 65 years old
  • taking at least 1 long term prescription medicine
  • the person you care for can live in their own home, in your home or in a residential care facility

Complete the questionnaire online
OR for a paper copy with reply paid envelope to be sent to you, contact
Dr Emily Reeve
Phone: 02 9926 4924
E-mail: emily.reeve@sydney.edu.au


Healthy volunteers for multiple sclerosis study

The study will investigate the development of cognitive impairment (decline in thinking and memory) and damage to gray matter in patients with multiple sclerosis over a 24-month period. The study also aims to develop new imaging biomarkers of brain injury and repair in multiple sclerosis.

Volunteers will be healthy controls in the study. Volunteers will be followed up for 2 years in total and will commit to 4 visits as part of the study (baseline, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months).

A series of tests will be performed at each visit including: a blood test, an MRI scan of the brain, a physical examination (non-invasive), a specialised eye test, and a series of concentration and memory tests. All tests will be carried out by trained professionals.

It is estimated that 3 of the visits will take 5-6 hours and one of the visits will take 3 hours.

Contact: Marinda Taha


Investigating the emotional experiences of parents and stepparents

Researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a study investigating the factors related to emotional wellbeing in parents and their partners.

It is hoped that this research will lead to the development of programs which aim to provide emotional support specifically to parents who experience emotional difficulties.

Being in this study is completely voluntary - you are not under any obligation to consent and - if you do consent - you can withdraw at any time without affecting your relationship with The University of Sydney. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey that you can complete on your home computer or on your smart phone. You will be asked questions about your emotional health, parenting experiences, your opinions about parenting, and demographic details. Completing the survey will take between 20-30 minutes. You will be able to save your responses and return to the survey to complete it over time, if you wish.

You are suitable for this study if:

  1. You live in Australia
  2. You are aged 18 years or over
  3. You have been in a committed relationship for at least one year
  4. You OR your partner have at least one child under the age of 18 years

Complete the survey.


Are you afraid of rejection? Feel you've never really fitted in?

You are invited to participate in a study into the causes and nature of severe shyness. You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Want to socialize more but feel held back by anxiety or fear of rejection
  • Get feelings of inferiority
  • Want to know more about your personality style

Dr Lisa Lampe is conducting research to better understand the nature and possible causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder - a condition that affects 1-2% of people and causes in-tense social anxiety, fear of rejection and humiliation, and leads to unwanted social isolation. To find out more about Avoidant Personality Disorder and the aims of the research, visit the Cade Clinic website.

Please note that this study does not offer treatment. Participants in this study may have their travel expenses reimbursed up to $20


Psychology study

Participants will take part in two studies.

In study 1, participants will be asked to participate in a brief webcam interaction with other students, and complete some short tasks and questionnaires.

In study 2, participants will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires assessing their thoughts and feelings towards social groups.

The research will not exceed 1 hour. Participants will be compensated for their time. Please take this quick, 2-minute survey to check if you are eligible. If you are eligible and leave your contact details, we will contact you to schedule your participation.


Dietary and physical activity data access survey

Do you use a smartphone app or other health tracking device (e.g. FitBit)? We'd love to hear about what health and fitness apps you use and your attitudes towards sharing the data collected by apps with researchers. Complete the survey and go into the draw to win a $200 iTunes or Google Play voucher! The survey closes on 19 November 2014.


Injured in a road crash in the last 28 days?

The FISH study – Factors influencing social and health outcome after a land transport injury

We know that injuries can affect many aspects of a person’s life, including physical health, participation in activities and general well being. Some people seem to recover from their injuries faster or more completely than others. We are keen to understand the factors associated with good outcomes. The results of this research will be used to better help those recovering from injuries in the future.

Your participation involves completing a 45 minute telephone interview sometime during the first 28 days of the injury, followed by a 20 minute interview at 6, 12 and 24 months.

To register your interest complete the online form and we will get back to you shortly.

If you would like more information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Low Back Pain study

The Pain Management Research Institute and Department of Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital are undertaking a study aiming to improve the assessment of pain in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP).

Healthy volunteers and people with IBS or CLBP are invited to take part in a three hour study involving non-invasive testing of sensation.

$120 is offered as partial reimbursement for time and travel. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr Paul Wrigley at or call 02 9926 4960.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI) at the University of Sydney is conducting research into PTSD. We are looking to recruit 30 people who have a diagnosis of PTSD, and 30 people of the same age and gender who have experienced a traumatic event, but not developed PTSD.

Participation will involve attending the Brain & Mind Research Institute Camperdown for a total of 2-3 hours over one day. You will be required to undergo a 1 hour clinical assessment with one of our psychiatrists, and have a 1 hour brain scan (MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

If you would like more information regarding this study or are interested in participating, please contact:
Ashleigh Tickell
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T: +61 2 9114 4204
or
Daniel O'Doherty
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T: +61 2 9351 0714


Juvenile Bipolar Disorder

A brain imaging research project is being conducted by doctors and scientists investigating bipolar disorder in adolescents. The research is being conducted at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute.

Participation involves having an MRI brain scan whilst you are simultaneously completing several experimental tasks. The study goes for approximately one hour and does not involve any drugs or needles.

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, and either have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or do not have any significant medical history we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact the trial coordinator:
Ashleigh Tickell
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T +61 2 9114 4204


Healthy volunteers needed to donate blood to cancer research

An important part of cancer research involves the identification of genes and proteins associated with specific cancer types (called cancer biomarkers). These can be discovered by analysing cancer cells growing in the laboratory, or by comparing blood samples from cancer patients with those from healthy people.

The Kolling Institute Tumour Bank is looking for volunteers to donate 20mls of blood which will be used by researchers to compare with blood from patients diagnosed with cancer, helping us find new treatments, earlier methods of diagnosis, and causes of cancer.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Have not previously donated to our bank
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not had cancer
  • Have not been hospitalised in the last 6 months

In addition to your donation of blood, we also ask you to fill out a brief medical history and sign a consent form. To protect your privacy, all samples and medical history information are de-identified.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the tumour bank office:
T: 9926 4771
E: to arrange a time convenient for you.