Participate in our research

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

Volunteers wanted for research into knee osteoarthritis

Volunteers wanted for research of investigating the effect of knee alignment on the magnitude of knee motion and forces in individuals with chronic ACL tear. Are you aged between 16 and 50? Participate in a research project which looks at the factors contributing to the development of premature knee osteoarthritis after ACL tear.

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) develops prematurely in many athletes who tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Several factors have been investigated as contributors to the development of OA, but knee alignment and the loading patterns of the knee while walking have not been adequately researched.

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

Shiek Abdullah Bin Ismail

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

Heat sensitivity in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Are you healthy and between the age of 40 and 60? You are invited to take part in study investigating the mechanism of heat sensitivity in individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. We are currently recruiting healthy male and females (age: 45 to 60 years old) to be part of our control group for this study. By comparing their ability to regulate their body temperature to that of healthy controls, the overall aim of the study is to elucidate the mechanisms that induce heat-related fatigue and a worsening of symptoms in individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, when their body temperature increase as a result of physical activity and hot ambient temperatures.

The time commitment is ~1h for the first session, and ~2h for the two following sessions. We provide our participants with a parking permit on Campus. However, should it be difficult for you to drive to the campus, we can provide a taxi voucher. With regards to scheduling testing sessions, we are quite flexible and can accommodate any need in terms of times and days.

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

Davide Filingeri
Tel: 0403 815 612

Georgia Chaseling
Tel: 0416 207 566

On-line Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program for adolescents who stutter

Are you a teen who stutters? Improve your confidence in social situations with a new on-line program.

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

Emi Kokolakis
Tel: 02 9351 9061

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

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

THELO study: Train High Eat Low for Osteoarthritis

Are you 40+ and living with knee osteoarthritis? You’re not alone - osteoarthritis affects two thirds of older Australians. Participate in the first study aimed at minimising the effects of, and prolonging life without knee osteoarthritis through targeted lifestyle intervention combining gait retraining, Progressive Resistance Training, and a low glycaemic index (GI) / high protein diet.

Research has shown that weight loss, increase muscle strength and minor changes to walking technique can reduce the amount of knee pain experienced by those with osteoarthritis. This study is looking at the best way to reduce knee pain and progression of osteoarthritis.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Rheumatologists at Concord Repatriation General Hospital are looking for people aged 40 and older to join THELO Study. This free program includes a complete medical screening and functional assessment of your knee osteoarthritis. Activities are fully supervised by experience health professionals and will be conducted over 12 months at The University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lidcombe Campus.

If you would like to know more about this study or how to take part please contact Yareni Guerrero on 9351 9826.

BIP contacts:
Yian Dam-Noble
Tel:(02) 9036 7437

Guy Wilson
Tel: (02) 9351 9046

Using the Internet to help people with traumatic brain injury with conversation skills

We are currently looking for people with traumatic brain injury and their family members or friends to participate in a study about using the Internet to help with communication skills.

Participants will complete assessments, or a training program for communication skills after brain injury. These sessions will be conducted either at your home or using Skype. You will also be asked to give your opinions about using the Internet to help families after brain injury.

Register your details

To find out more, contact PhD student Rachael Rietdijk on 0402 159 516 or

Enhancing active travelling to work and inclusion of health outcomes for transport projects

Do you want to know about the different health impacts of driving, walking and public transport for commuting? To get some insight into this, you can be involved in a study on travelling to work jointly conducted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Sydney School of Public Health. As a participant of this study, you will be asked to wear small sensors and to perform a standardised trip (from Lidcombe Cumberland campus to Lidcombe train station) on three different days using three different mode of transportation: walking, car and bus.

The sensors will provide information on your physical activity during the trip and on the characteristic of the environment in terms of air quality and external stresses. You will receive compensation of 50 dollars for your involvement in the study.

For more information please contact A/Prof .

How do migraine and other headaches types change over time?

We are seeking volunteers with migraine or other recurrent headaches to participate in a study investigating differences between migraine and other headache types. Participants will attend one assessment session, after which they will fill out an online headache diary for 6 months.

The assessment comprises an interview to determine the features of headache and a series of clinical tests to be conducted by a physiotherapist to measure the mobility and muscle function of the neck, including ultrasound imaging. Testing will take a maximum of 1.5 hours and will be conducted at either the Cumberland Campus of The University of Sydney on 75 East Street, Lidcombe or in a private physiotherapy clinic in the city (Sydney Specialist Physiotherapy Centre, Level 1, 50 York St. Sydney).

We are seeking participants who have access to internet using a computer or a mobile phone. Your involvement will help us better understand migraine and other headache types and make better clinical decisions in their management.

If you are interested in taking part in the study or seek further information, please contact:

Tel: 9351 9010 (Faculty of Health Sciences) or

Tel: 9351 9545 (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Lower limb measurement study

We are seeking healthy men and women volunteers to have their arms and legs measured to determine what is a normal inter-limb circumference and volume difference.

A possible consequence of surgery when lymph nodes are removed or damaged is lymphoedema, which is a chronic and permanent swelling. With early detection, we are better able to manage and treat lymphoedema. Unfortunately it is currently unknown what an abnormal inter-limb difference is, making early detection more difficult.

Interested volunteers will have the arms and legs measured using a number of tools. Participation will take no more than 20 minutes.

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact or

What does it mean to be healthy?

Seeking: People aged 3-100 who consider themselves healthy for their age.
Participation requirement: A once-only assessment at the University of Sydney's Cumberland campus for 2-3 hours. The assessment includes performing basic physical assessments and completing questionnaires.
Find out more about the 1000 Norms study
Contact Marnee Mckay or Jennifer Baldwin:
Tel: 02 9036 7435

Death at work: Improving support for families

Seeking: People who have had a loved one die suddenly from a work-related injury
Participation requirement: A short online survey
Participate in the survey
Further information
Find us on Facebook
Study mobile number: 0415 898 398

Mobile technology and childhood apraxia of speech

Can a smartphone/tablet application deliver effective, intensive speech therapy for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech/Dyspraxia? We are looking for children aged 4 – 12 yrs with dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech to participate. More information

Asthma study

A Faculty of Health Science/Royal Prince Alfred Hospital study is looking for participants to assess the effectiveness of a device placed on the skin. More information

Are you a practicing Muslim with OCD?

PhD student Somayeh Mahintorabi is seeking volunteers for a study which will form the basis of her PhD. More information

MiFace facial nerve paralysis study

MiFACE seeking people with a complete facial nerve paralysis within the first 3 weeks after onset. More information

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