Participate in our research

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

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

Treatment for preschool children with speech problems

Does your preschool child have problems saying sounds correctly?
Children who have speech problems tend to pronounce words in a less mature way for their age (e.g., “I wike paghetti”). Left untreated, speech problems can lead to difficulties in learning to read and forming friendships.
We are investigating the role of parents in treating speech problems. We are testing a parent-friendly treatment for speech problems in children. The treatment, multiple oppositions, is a commonly used treatment for preschool-aged children, and is normally delivered solely by speech pathologists. We are interested in seeing if parents are able to deliver some of the treatment at home with their child, with training and support from a speech pathologist.
If you would like to know more about this study or to take part please contact:
Ellie Sugden, Speech Pathologist and PhD student
Tel: 9251 9642, 0422 481 129

Treatment for preschool children with speech problems information flyer

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

Parents’ experiences of being involved in their child’s speech therapy

Has your child seen a speech pathologist for their speech in the last 12 months? Are you concerned about how your child uses speech sounds? Is your child’s speech difficult to understand?
We are interested in talking to parents about their experiences and preferences of speech pathology services for children aged 3-6 with speech sound difficulties.

If you would like to know more about this program please contact:

Mobile number: 0422 481 129
Office number: 02 9351 9642

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.

Parent information sheet

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

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