Participate in our research

The following projects are currently recruiting patients to participate in our research:

Exploring brain structure and function of young children at risk for stuttering

Are you expecting a baby, or have a newborn aged up to 16 weeks? Participate in a project to help us understand the cause of stuttering

Participate in a project to help us understand the cause of stuttering.

What is this study about?
Your child is invited to take part in a research study investigating the brain structure and function of young children at risk for stuttering. Children at risk for stuttering and children not at risk for stuttering will be scanned using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Read the Parental Information Statement

The relationship between lifestyle factors and cognitive functions

Healthy adult, aged 18 years and over? Take part in a survey examining the relation between lifestyle factors and brain functions and stand a chance to win a $150 gift card!

The survey will ask about various lifestyle factors and demographic information. You will also complete a series of brain function tests at the end of the survey. It will take you about 30 minutes to complete. You may take breaks or pause during the survey. To resume, just open the survey link using the same device when you first answer the survey from.

The collected data will be confidential. We encourage you to complete the survey and brain function tests in a quiet place where you are able to concentrate without interruption. Participation is voluntary.

You will be able to access the survey link from your mobile device or computer. Take part in the survey.

Additional information about the study can be obtained from:

Shuhada Mansor
PhD Candidate, Exercise and Sports Science in Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
E rnbin4830@uni.sydney.edu.au
M +61 42559 6300

This study has received approval from the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.

Volunteers needed for research on overseas medical treatment

Have you or someone you know recently travelled overseas from Australia for a medical procedure? This research study seeks to examine how Australians engage in and understand travelling overseas for medical procedures. We invite participants who are Australian residents aged over 18 years and have travelled overseas for a medical procedure in the last 12 months to complete a survey on their experiences. We would also like to interview people about their experiences in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of their decision-making processes, engagement with health care practitioners and their perspectives on the outcomes of their procedures.

Access more information about the study including the Participant Information Statement and complete the survey. If you would like to participate in an interview please provide your contact details at the end of the survey.

Additional information about the study may be obtained from:

Dr Rowena Forsyth
Lecturer, Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
email: rowena.forsyth@sydney.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9351 9577.

This study has received approval from the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number 2017/1010).

How fast do your vocal cords close when you start to speak?

You are invited to take part in a research study that will compares 3 different ways of measuring the speed with which the vocal cords close when we turn the voice on (voice onset).

Your total commitment time will be no more than 20 minutes + your travel time to the Voice Research Laboratory at Lidcombe.

If you would like to know more please feel free to contact:

Dr Cate Madill

phone: +61 2 9351 9692.

Voice quality and pitch discrimination

You are invited to take part in a research study investigating the relationship between voice quality and pitch discrimination abilities.

This study aims to understand the relationship between a listener’s voice quality and their pitch discrimination abilities.

If you are a female between the ages of 18-65 and do not have a history of asthma, smoking and recent upper respiratory infections we want to hear from you!

You will be required to attend a one-off assessment session at the Voice Research Laboratory at the CDTRC for a total of 30mins.

If you would like to know more please feel free to contact:

Dr Cate Madill

phone: +61 2 9351 9692.

Are you an adult who stutters?

Are you an adult who stutters and interested in receiving treatment and willing to participate in a treatment study?

This research project is designed for adults who stutter and experience social anxiety.

Click here to find out more about the adults who stutter project please contact:

Emi Kokolakis
Tel: 02 9351 9061

Prenatal testing for Down Syndrome

We are seeking parents of a child with Down Syndrome to participate in a discussion group. Your child can be of any age and we are seeking the input of both mothers and fathers. Both parents can join the study or just one parent can join. We want to ask questions about what you think about the testing of pregnant women to see if their child has Down Syndrome. Sessions will take place at Lidcombe, Camperdown and Richmond so you can attend any session that is convenient for you.

If you would like to know more about this study or to take part please contact:


Prenatal testing for Down Syndrome information flyer

Examining the effect of mild emotional states on memory

Are you a Native English speaker who does not have a history of substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, or neurological disorder? If so, you are eligible to participate in a study on how the experience of different emotions affects memory!

Every participant will receive a voucher for a free regular coffee at JDV café on Cumberland campus!

In this experiment you will complete questionnaires to collect background information, mood, anxiety, and stress, as well as general personality scores, and to assess beliefs about your memory. Your emotional state will be altered experimentally and you will rate your current emotional state at various time-points. Your performance on tests of memory, such as the ability to do things in the future or recall memorised words, will be assessed to determine whether changes in emotional state impact memory. This study will take a maximum of one hour to complete and will be conducted on the Cumberland campus of the University of Sydney at Lidcombe.


For further information or to sign up to participate, please contact:
Angelina Leonello
PhD Candidate, Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
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This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sydney [2017/772].

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Dyspraxia)

If you are an adult who was diagnosed with CAS when you were a child we would like you to complete a survey on the therapy you received as a child, your education and employment and your family history of speech, language and literacy difficulties.
We are looking for people over the age of 18 who were diagnosed with CAS when they were children. You can live in any country and do not need to have speech problems currently.

If you are interested in finding out more please go to the survey webpage.

You can also get more information about childhood apraxia of speech or this survey by emailing or phone (02) 9351 9747.

Are you a Speech Pathologist who treats Muscle Tension Dysphonia?

Voice therapy is the treatment of choice for Muscle Tension Voice Disorders. However, little is known about what actually occurs during therapy and what ‘parts’ of the therapeutic process are responsible for positive treatment results. We want to explore what Speech Pathologists do during therapy when working with people who have Muscle Tension Voice Disorders.

Speech Pathologists can participate if they meet the following criteria:
- Are practicing members of Speech Pathology Australia and;
- Have a current caseload that includes assessing and treating people with Muscle Tension Voice Disorders.

For further information about this study view our flyer and Participant Information Statement.

Contact: (PhD student, Speech Pathology, The University of Sydney) or call or text 0434894571

Do you experience voice problems due to muscle tension?

Voice therapy is the treatment of choice for voice disorders caused by muscle tension. However, little is known about what actually occurs during therapy and what ‘parts’ of the therapeutic process are responsible for positive treatment results. We want to explore what Speech Pathologists do during therapy when working with people who have Muscle Tension Voice Disorders.

If you are thinking about or currently seeing a Speech Pathologist for voice related concerns, you may be eligible to participate in this study.

For further information about this study view our flyer and Participant Information Statement.

Contact: (PhD student, Speech Pathology, The University of Sydney) or call or text 0434894571

BIP: Brief Behavioural Intervention for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Do you experience pain in your legs when walking? Participate in a free study researching the effects of brief behavioural intervention and improved physical activity levels in adults who experience pain in their legs when walking due to peripheral artery disease.

Our study team is looking for patients who have blocked leg arteries, are ambulatory, are able to participate for 2 years, and have no current or planned involvement in an organised exercise program.

The research study will include a thorough medical screening and education on peripheral artery disease, stress test, assessment of claudication severity, and other physiological measures. The study will be conducted at the University of Sydney Cumberland campus at Lidcombe and involves a minimum of 12 visits over a 24 month period. All participants will have their level of physical activity assessed and will have blood collected at 0, 4, 12 and 24 months.

If you would like to know more about this study or how to take part please contact:
Yian Dam-Noble
Tel: 9036 7437

or
Guy Wilson
Tel: 9351 9046

Randomised Control Trial for childhood apraxia of speech

Do you have a child with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) / verbal dyspraxia? Children with CAS have speech difficulties which can impact on their literacy, social and academic skills.

Recent research studies have shown that there are different ways a Speech Pathologist can treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We want to compare two treatments in order to better understand why they work. This study will compare the Rapid Syllable Transitions (ReST) treatment and Ultrasound Biofeedback treatment.

If you would like to know more about this study or how to take part please contact:
Pippa Evans, Speech Pathologist
Tel: 9351 9713 (M, W, F)


Dr Tricia McCabe, Speech Pathologist
Tel: 9351 9747

Treatment for children with childhood apraxia of speech

Does your child have Apraxia?

Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (dyspraxia) have severe speech difficulties which often affect their literacy, social and academic skills. We want to improve treatment for these children. We want to know if a widely used treatment approach is effective in improving the speech of children with childhood apraxia of speech. What will you gain from participating in the study? You will receive a report on your child's assessment and 12 free sessions of speech therapy.

If you would like to know more about this study or how to take part please contact:
Pippa Evans, Speech Pathologist
Tel: 9351 9713 (M, W, F)

Maryane Gomez, Speech Pathologist

Dr Tricia McCabe, Speech Pathologist
Tel: 9351 9747

Anxiety disorders clinic seeking participants with OCD

Anxiety Disorders Clinic seeking people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to complete a survey concerning experience with gaining access to treatment. More information

Anxiety Disorders Clinic seeking people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder washing / contamination concerns for a free trial of self-administered Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy, a cognitive therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that is completed at home. More information

Video games for older adults

Would you like to take part in a study investigating the effect of video games on your well-being?

Adults aged 60 and over are being invited to participate a study where they will be playing video games for an hour, three times a week over a six week period, at Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe.

To register your interest or to get more information, please contact Shuhada Mansor (Phone: 04 5229 6300, Email: nbin4830@uni.sydney.edu.au).

High-intensity interval training to manage cadiometabolic outcomes in type 2 diabetes

This research aims to examine the effect of a novel approach to HIIT training (only 4 minutes of vigorous exercise per exercise session) compared with traditional aerobic exercise guidelines on metabolic and cardiovascular risk outcomes. To be eligible for participation you must be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, aged between 18-65, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and not currently undertaking regular exercise. The intervention runs for 12 weeks and requires attendance at the Charles Perkins Centre for 3 days each week. Participants randomised into an exercise group will receive full supervision by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
Contact: Kim Way on 0407 252 422 or kway2744@uni.sydney.edu.au

Progressive Resistance Training for MEtabolic syndrome and Depression Integrative Care

The PRT MEDIC study aims to determine of weight lifting exercise is an effective strategy to manage both depression and metabolic disturbances such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Our study team is currently looking for patients who:
Have high blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure
Do not have type 2 diabetes
Have symptoms of depression
Are able to participate for 4 months
Have no current or planned involvement in an organized exercise program.

The study involves 2 visits to the University of Sydney at the start of the study. All participants will have their depressive symptoms assessed, have a blood test, and will have their physical performance measured. participants will then be randomly allocated to receive either weightlifting or be referred to their GP for treatment.

If you would like to participate in the study, please follow this link https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/index.php?s=HN7XRNTAFE. Here you will find some more information about the student. We will also ask you some questions to determine your eligibility for the study. Alternatively, you can do the screening interview over the phone by contacting Dr Yorgi Mavros on (02) 9351 9279.

Sleep and Back Pain Study Recruitment (open to staff and students)

Do you know someone with back pain and difficulty sleeping?
Join our six week online program to improve sleep quality and reduce back pain!

This study is open to twin and non-twin participants. Please see the corresponding Participant Information Form - General participant and Participant Information Form - Twin participant

If you are interested, please contact or


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Supporting young people living with mental illness: Parent Strategies

Have you supported a young adult experiencing mental health problems?

Researchers at the University of Sydney want to find out what strategies parents use to support young people who experience mental health problems, and which they find most helpful. Your experience can help support other parents.

If you are, or have been, a parent or guardian of a young person aged 15-24 who has experienced mental health problems, you are invited to complete an anonymous online survey. This survey should take around 30-45 minutes.
As a token of our appreciation, you can go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher of your choice.

Access Further Information and the Survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Mizzi or Dr Anne Honey on 93519370 or

Please feel free to pass this Information Flyer on to other eligible parents.