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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The Choice Project

Are you a family member, friend or relative of a person with dementia who died in the previous two years?

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University invite you to participate in an online survey. We are investigating the issues, challenges and processes of providing end of life care for people with dementia. The study will help us better understand the perspectives of family carers (including relatives, friends, neighbours or significant others) concerning the care of their relative or friend with dementia who wished to stay at home until the final stages of their life.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please visit sydney.edu.au/nursing/research/events.

Obesity and Thinking Skills Study - Participants Needed

Participants are sought for a study investigating the relationship between body weight and higher-level thinking skills.

We need participants who:

  1. Are between 18-65 years old.
  2. Have completed at least 10 years of education in English.
  3. Are either in the "obese" weight range (BMI of at least 30, calculate your BMI calculator) or in the "healthy" weight range (BMI between 18.5 and 25, calculate your BMI).

Participants will complete tasks and puzzles assessing thinking skills, pen-and-paper questionnaires, and will have their weight, height, waist and hip measurements taken.

The study will take place at the University of Sydney. It will take approximately an hour to complete and you will be compensated for your time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Andreea
02 8627 4094

Do you have an opinion about the food and drinks on campus?

We want to hear what you have to say! We’re giving you the opportunity to shape the food culture at your university. All we need is 10 minutes of your time to tell us what you think. All participants go into a lucky draw for 1 of 6 x $50 Coles Myer gift cards. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey .com. For further details contact or .

Do you have a non-anxious child aged 15-17?

Adolescents aged 15-17 who do not suffer from any problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study. Adolescents will be asked to complete a short interview and a simple sorting task. One parent will also be asked to complete a short telephone interview.

For further information please contact Sharlene Mantz at the University of Sydney, 0416 890 595 or .

Take part in creating an asthma App

If you are 15 – 19 years old and have been diagnosed with asthma then we would love you to help us develop an App designed specifically for your needs. Asthma Australia has funded Sydney University to develop an Asthma App that aims to help those with asthma achieve good asthma control through problem-solving and self-management using individualised steps and strategies.

What will the study involve for me?
You will be asked to participate in 2 (two) focus groups sessions with about 15 other adolescents with asthma. The focus group sessions will be conducted at the University of Sydney, Camperdown. At the first session you will participate in group discussions and help with the generation of ideas. Following this session our software developers will incorporate your ideas into creating an asthma App.

Once the prototype App is developed you will be contacted to participate in a second focus group session with your group. At this session you will have hands-on use of the prototype App and provide us with feedback as you navigate its features.

Following the second focus group session you will receive a $50 gift voucher. To be involved please visit http://asthmaapp.blogspot.com.au.

Healthy volunteers for nerve and muscle study

The purpose of this study is to understand the mechanisms underlying neuromuscular disease, with a possibility of improving current treatments. The ForeFront Research Clinic are seeking healthy subjects to compare with patients with nerve injury and degeneration.

If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to undergo a number of non invasive assessments over 2 – 3 hours. The studies will be performed at the Clinic on Level 4 of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

If you are interested in taking participating please contact Eleanor Ramsey

9114 4252

Do you have a child aged 13 - 17?

The BMRI needs help studying how people respond to rewards.

The study involves:

  • A clinical interview
  • Brief self-report questionnaires
  • An MRI brain scan
  • A computerised test in which you will win food rewards (M&Ms, BBQ shapes, Tiny Teddies)

They are looking for people aged 13 to 17 years. The entire session takes approximately 3 hours. If you prefer it can be completed over two different days.

You will be reimbursed with $45-$75 in Coles vouchers, depending on the length of the testing session. You will also get to keep whatever food you win.

For more information, please contact Dr Iain Perkes on 9351 0880 or .

Do you have Chronic Low Back Pain?

Have you noticed that your mood changes when your pain gets worse?

Our research team is exploring the relationship between back pain and mood and trialling a novel treatment approach for people with chronic low back pain.

This trial is combining two therapies known to improve outcomes for people with low back pain; chiropractic and cognitive behavioural therapy.

To qualify for this treatment trial you:

  1. Have had low back pain lasting more than 3 months (but not sought treatment within the last 12 weeks)
  2. Can travel to Leichhardt in NSW for chiropractic treatment
  3. Have access to the internet at home or work
  4. Are able to attend up to 8 weeks for chiropractic treatment
  5. Are willing to fill in questionnaires at the start and at 12 month follow up.

You will not be reimbursed for your time in this trial. There are costs associated with the chiropractic treatment component of this study. Private Health fund rebates can be accessed at the time of your trial through HICAPS, therefore requiring only a gap payment.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact John Petrozzi 02 9518 0096 or email John on

Do you know someone else who suffers from chronic low back pain?
If so, you could send this information to any friends or family members who suffer from low back pain.


Interested in music and exercise?

Do you want an entry into a prize draw for a chance to win a $300 Coles Group & Myer Gift Card or one of eight $50 Coles Group & Myer Gift Cards?

Are you over the age of 13? Do you have a spare 10-15 minutes?

Simply complete our 10-15 minute survey on the use of music during structured and unstructured physical activity for an entry into the prize draw (closes 17:00 AEST Friday 26 June 2015).


Mobile technology and childhood apraxia of speech

Can a Smartphone Application deliver effective, intensive speech therapy for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech/Dyspraxia?

Children with dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech have speech difficulties which can impact on their literacy, social and academic skills.

Research has shown that intensive treatment and practice is beneficial, however, motivating and engaging children to participate in practice tasks can be challenging. We are looking into the development of an electronic tablet based tool to help children enjoy and complete intensive therapy.

We are looking for children who:

  • Have dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Are 4-12 years of age
  • Understand what is said to them
  • Have normal or adjusted hearing
  • Have normal or adjusted vision
  • Speak English
  • Have no other developmental diagnoses

What does the study involve?

  • Assessment of your child’s speech and language skills
  • Audio and video recording of your child’s speech and language
  • 12 x 1 hour treatment sessions over 3 weeks
  • A questionnaire regarding usability of the tablet
  • 3-4 follow up assessments after treatment
  • No cost

If your child meets these criteria and you would like to be involved, then we would like to hear from you.

Contact
Jacqueline McKechnie
Speech Pathologist

0421 617 858

Dr Tricia McCabe
Speech Pathologist


Associate Professor Kirrie Ballard
Speech Pathologist


Speech characteristics of children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome

We are investigating the speech characteristics of children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS). If your child is aged between 4-12 years old, and has VCFS without cleft lip or palate, you are welcome to participate in our study!

Parents: Your child will undergo a comprehensive speech assessment (up to 1.5 hours). The assessment will be conducted at the Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic (CDTRC) at Lidcombe. There will be no charge for the assessment and you will be reimbursed for travelling expenses.

Please contact Lavinia Teo at or 0424 895 789 or Dr Tricia McCabe at if you would like to participate in this study or have any questions.


Volunteers needed for jaw muscle research

We are looking for participants in a study to determine changes in muscle activity and movement after acute experimental pain.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • are aged between 18-50 years old
  • are not pregnant
  • are not experiencing ongoing pain
  • do not have any history of jaw joint or jaw muscle pain, high blood pressure, muscular skeletal pain disorders , medications for chronic disease or other medications that might influence response to pain.

If you choose to take part, you would be asked to participate in a short clinical interview, complete a few questionnaires, and participate in a short experiment. The study may involve one or two sessions. It is estimated that your participation will take 2-3 hours.

Please note that this study does not offer treatment. If you would like more information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr Kavitha Harendrababu
T 0426261974
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Do you have pain and swelling in your knee most days due to osteoarthritis?

Royal North Shore Hospital rheumatologists are looking for people aged from 35 to 74 to test whether a new experimental drug can help your pain and have an effect on the progression of your knee arthritis.

The study would require regular visits to the hospital over a 12 month course.

Participants will be reimbursed up to $50 per visit for travel expenses.

For more information please contact the Study Coordinator, Tanya Fedorova on 02 9463 1774 or

This study has been approved by the Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee, reference: HREC/14/HAWKE/168


Seeking for participants from creative areas for workshop on bodily creativity

Do you consider yourself as a creative person? Are you a professional from creative areas such as visual arts, design and others?

Would you like to explore potential new ways to stimulate your creativity?

You are invited to participate in a workshop on Object-oriented Focusing Bodystorming, as part of the research project The Felt Sense Project. This workshop investigates how the body can be as meaningful as the mind to inspire creativity. By means of this study, we will unravel a new design methodology that uses bodily perception as a source of inquiry.

This study involves reflecting on objects from a body/mind perspective. The workshop consist on different activities, such as induction, group exercises in imagery, a brief written report describing the experience (one page) and a brief focus group interview. It's estimated that the entire activity will take approximately 100 minutes.

This research is being conducted by Dr. Lian Loke and PhD Candidate Claudia Nunez-Pacheco. Please contact Claudia at for more information.


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.

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