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.
- Resisting temptation: a study into self control and healthy eating behaviour
- A new tablet for asthma?
- Does your child worry? Anxiety study for children
- TEMPO Diet Trial
- Weight management and eating disorder program
- Exploring diet, ethnicity and drug metabolism
- New treatment therapy for Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
- Can you help us find people for an important vaccine study?
- Can an app deliver speech therapy for children with dyspraxia/childhood apraxia of speech?
- Do you have difficulty sleeping?
- Neurobiology research
- New research into travel, health and wellbeing in Sydney
- Study examining thinking styles in young people
- Mechanisms and risk factors for low back pain
- Are you expecting your first baby? Learn about Sleep, Mood and Motherhood
- Speech-language pathologists facing barriers to service delivery
- Expectations and experiences with psychologists/clinical psychologists
- Investigating predictors for neck pain/whiplash recovery
- Asthma medication use and personality traits
- Understanding asthma management in the workplace
- Study examining why people have headaches
- Healthy good sleeping control participants required for brain imaging study
- PREVIEW Study Australia - prevention of diabetes through lifestyle intervention
- What do older people think about yoga-based exercise to improve balance and mobility?
- Study comparing two influenza treatments
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder study
- Study into eating behaviours and emotions
- Have bipolar disorder and looking for something more than your usual treatment?
- Food, Mood and Mind study
- Healthy men aged 40-70 for neurocognitive study
- Food for Thought: How does the mind deal with food intake?
- Do you have sleep apnea?
- Exercise in Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa
- Healthy participants for brain MRI study
- Participants for a study of social interactions
Do you have a close relative who is depressed?
First-degree relatives (parents, siblings or children) of people with major depression (unipolar) are needed for this study. Participants must be in good health, aged between 18 and 65, and not have experienced depression themselves.
Participation will involve approximately six hours of voluntary assessments, including an MRI scan, EEG recording (both non-invasive brain measures), computer-based activities, questionnaires, and a blood test. You will be reimbursed for your time.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact on 9845 8179. Thank you to all who have participated so far.
Researchers at the University of Sydney are investigating how certain types of self-control relate to eating behaviour.
Participating in the study will take approximately two hours and will take place both on-campus (Camperdown) and online. The study involves completing questionnaires measuring eating habits and computerized cognitive tasks measuring elements of self-control. Additionally, weight and height will be measured by the researcher.
You will be reimbursed for your time ($20 for completing all components of the study). If you are 18 years or older, have no current or past eating disorder diagnosis and would like to participate, please email .
Would you like to get involved in a new trial investigating the role of azithromycin in the treatment of asthma? The Woolcock Institute in Glebe wants to see if taking azithromycin improves daily symptoms and reduces the number of exacerbations or 'attacks' that people with asthma get.
If you wish to participate, you will be asked to take azithromycin or a placebo 3 times a week for 48 weeks. You will receive a phone call at regular intervals and visit the Woolcock Institute every 6 or 12 weeks to have your asthma and lung function monitored.
Professor Peter Gibson, a respiratory specialist, will ask you questions about your asthma and address questions you may have. With your consent, your blood, ECG, skin prick allergy and lung function results will be sent to your GP at the end of your participation.
This clinical trial is funded by the NHMRC and is currently recruiting at eight centres across Australia. To find out if you are eligible, call 02 9114 0444 or email . Thank you to those already participating in AMAZES.
Does your child worry? Researchers at The University of Sydney are investigating a psychological intervention for children with anxiety.
The intervention is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) group program which helps children learn different ways to think about their worries. In doing this study, we hope to learn more about how best to help and support children to manage their anxiety. To understand how effective the intervention is, it is important to compare children with and without anxiety on a number of different measures.
Parents of 8-12 year old children who would like to help manage their child’s anxiety are invited to participate in the study. Parents of children without anxiety will receive two free movie vouchers for completing a short interview, questionnaires and different tasks.
For more information, please phone 9036 5037 or .
In recent years however, an increasing number of health professionals are prescribing meal replacement diets called very low energy diets (VLEDs).
While VLEDs are known to be safe and effective in the short-term (for up to one year), the long-term consequences are unknown. This study will demonstrate whether or not there is any difference between the effects of weight loss via VLED or conventional diet on body fat content and distribution, muscle mass and strength, and bone density in post-menopausal women for 3 years after commencement of the diet.
If you are female, living in the Sydney metropolitan area, aged 45-65, postmenopausal for 5 years or more, are non-diabetic and you have a body mass index (BMI*) of 30 to 40 kg/m2, you may be eligible for this study.
If you would like to take part, or have further questions, please email or call 02 9036 3445
The Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney are conducting a free program for individuals 18 years or older who are overweight and who have a problem with binge eating or bulimia.
The program aims to determine which of two treatments may be most effective at helping people to reduced disordered eating and at the same time improve weight management, so that they can lose weight and maintain this weight loss over the longer-term.
The program involves 19 skills-based group treatment sessions over 2 months.
If you have further questions or would like to take part, please call 02 4620 3726 or 02 9351 5428 or email or .
An exciting, new clinical study is taking place at Concord Hospital, investigating how ethnicity and diet affect the way we metabolise drugs. We are looking for healthy male participants aged 18-55 years of European ('Anglo-Saxon'/'Caucasian', including Australians and New Zealanders of European origin) and South Asian (India, Sri Lanka) ancestry.
The study will involve three 8-hour visits to Concord Hospital over a 9 day period, including the addition of 200 g of microwave-steamed broccoli to your diet for 6 days. During the three Concord site-visits, you will take a mixture of 5 medications (caffeine, omeprazole, losartan, dextromethorphan and midazolam) and provide venous blood samples via a cannula over a 6-hour period.
Participants who successfully complete the study will be financially reimbursed for their time and inconvenience.
For more information and to express your interest in participating, please email or call 0431 635 958.
Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are conducting a study examining Attention Training Therapy (ATT) as a new treatment for Bulimia and Binge eating.
We are seeking volunteers (women 18-40 years old) who struggle with Bulimia or Binge Eating and are not currently receiving treatment.
Participants will be randomly allocated to the treatment group or a waitlist group. Those on the waitlist group will receive remuneration for waiting and will be referred to a Psychology clinic.
Please email if you are interested in participating.
We need two groups of people who can participate in an important study for a new vaccine against Clostridium difficile. Can you help us find them?
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhoea after you take antibiotics and may lead to permanent bowel damage and death. It most often affects hospitalised or recently hospitalised people and is difficult to treat. So a vaccine that prevents Clostridium difficile diarrhoea would be very useful.
This study is for two groups of people aged 50 years or more.
Group 1: People waiting for surgery
Group 2: People who have been admitted to hospital at least twice in the last 12 months.
We would appreciate your assistance in sharing this information via email, social media or phone, particularly if you know people who might be able to participate. We need about 15,000 people including more than 500 Australians to make this study work.
People in any suburb of the greater Sydney metropolitan area can participate in the study by or calling 02 9845 1430. For more information, visit our website.
We are looking into the development of an electronic tablet-based tool to help motivate and engage children with dyspraxia/childhood apraxia of speech to participate in intensive speech therapy.
We are looking for children aged 4-12 who have dyspraxia/childhood apraxia of speech, understand what is said to them, have normal or adjusted hearing and vision, speak English and have no other developmental diagnoses.
The study involves comprehensive assessment of your child’s speech and language skills; audio and video recording of your child’s speech and language; 12 one-hour treatment sessions over 3 weeks; a questionnaire regarding the usability of the tablet; and 3-4 follow assessments after treatment, at no cost to you.
For more information or to express interest in participating, please email or phone 0421 617 858.
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research wish to recruit individuals suffering from Insomnia to take part in a sleep research study.
The study will investigate the differences between sufferers of different types of insomnia through a routine diagnostic sleep study, questionnaires, and a computer based assessment.
Interested volunteers will receive a short telephone interview to determine suitability for the study. If suitable volunteers will be asked to complete some brief questionnaires concerning their sleep. The researchers will then invite you to attend a sleep study at the Woolcock Institute of medical research.
If you would like to know more about the study or require an information sheet about the study please do not hesitate to phone 911 40451 or email .
We are looking for people in good physical and mental health to take part in research that is exploring the relationship between the cardiovascular system and cognition.
Poor cardiovascular function often accompanies mental illness so we hope to learn more about this relationship using non-invasive neurobiological measures.
If you are interested in taking part and want to find out more, you can email .
The University of Sydney and Heart Foundation have joined forces to find out how the way we get around affects our health and wellbeing.
We are looking for people aged 18-55, living in Alexandria, Annandale, Eveleigh, Glebe, Redfern, Surry Hills, Waterloo and Zetland, who are planning to stay there for at least one year.
Taking part involves completing an online questionnaire and recording your travel for one week, which will be repeated twice more over the next two years. You will receive $150 for your time.
To participate please complete the survey. For more information, please email or phone 02 9114 1835.
Do you have an anxious OR non-anxious child aged 8-17?
Children and adolescents aged 8-17 who do not have any problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study. We are also looking for children and adolescents who experience concerns with worry and anxiety.
Children will be asked to complete a short interview and a simple sorting task. One parent will be asked to complete a short telephone interview.
Children will receive a movie voucher for participating in the study. For further information please email or call 0416 890 595
Are you currently suffering long-lasting (chronic) low back pain?
Using established clinical tests, we are attempting to ascertain the mechanisms of low back pain (LBP) by investigating whether there are differences in the control of trunk movements in patients with LBP compared with people without LBP.
The testing involves one visit to the laboratory lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. We will perform several well-established tests to assess the quality of your trunk movement. You will receive a $30 reimbursement for your time and travel expenses.
For further information, please email or call 02 9351 9560.
The Woolcock Institute, together with The University of Sydney, is introducing a sleep program to help first time mothers understand more about sleep during pregnancy and following childbirth.
If you choose to participate, you may be invited to attend two 1.5 hour education sessions in the last few weeks of pregnancy. The first session will be about your sleep during pregnancy and in the following few months. The second session will be about what to expect of your baby’s sleep.
The program is free of charge, but you will be asked to fill out some questionnaires on three occasions during the first 10 months after your baby is born. Upon completion of your participation in the study, all participants will have the chance to win a hamper of baby goods worth $200.
For those participants who are not randomised to receive the sleep program prenatally, you will receive booklets with similar information to guide yourself through.
If you would like to participate or would like more information, visit their website or Facebook page, or contact on (02) 9114 0495.
Are you a speech-language pathologist trying to provide a good service to your clients but coming up against barriers to service delivery?
We're conducting a short survey, in which you will provide information on what barriers to service delivery speech-language pathologists face and what strategies you use to try and overcome these barriers. Speech-language pathologists in both Australia and Canada will be surveyed. The results will allow for comparisons between the two countries and also between urban and rural centres.
If you would like to contribute to the study, please complete the survey, which should take about 10 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact .
A research team from the Faculty of Health Sciences is seeking volunteers who have seen a psychologist or clinical psychologist in the past 24 months to participate in an anonymous online survey.
You will be asked about what expectations you had before seeing a psychologists, and your experiences from these professional consultations. You will also be asked to provide information about your age, gender, ethnicity and living status but no personal details are required (e.g. name / address).
The online questionnaires will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and the information collected will be handled in confidence. You can withdraw from the study anytime you wish. If you wish to participate in the study please complete the survey and if you have any questions, please contact .
Have you had neck pain for longer than three months?
We are currently recruiting volunteers with neck pain/whiplash injuries to participate in our research investigating pain sensitivity and whether it helps to predict recovery from neck pain.
Participation involves a one-hour session involving a clinical assessment of your neck and testing your sensitivity to cold and pressure.
To participate or for further questions, please contact on of our researchers, on 0421 845 905 or on 0405 811 164.
Researchers in the Faculty of Pharmacy are seeking volunteers for a study investigating why some people take their asthma medications all the time, and others do not. The study will examine the relationships between personality traits and the extent to which people take their asthma medications as prescribed by their doctor.
The study involves completing a survey, which will take approximately 25 minutes. You will be reimbursed for your time.
For further information, please email or call 02 9036 7079.
Asthma affects one in ten Australian adults and can impact on employees in terms of work limitations and productivit. This study will investigate, for the first time, the availability of workplace support (such as policies and education programs) for employees with asthma,a nd explore individual experiences with managing asthma in the work setting.
The study involves an interview taking approximately 30-45 minutes. We would like to interview you if you are:
If you are a human resources manager; a person who has asthma and is currently employed; or a person who does not have asthma and is currently employed.
If you would like to take part, please email or call 02 9036 7079.
A research team at the Brain and Mind Research Institute is investigating the differences between people who have migraines and those who do not.
We are seeking volunteers who experience migraines, as well as volunteers who do not experience migraines, to undergo brain scans (MRI) to measure changes in the brain related to migraines.
Testing will take approximately one hour, and will be conducted at the Brain and Mind Research Institute on Mallett Street, Camperdown. Your involvement will help us better understand migraines and to design effective treatments. If you are interested in taking part in the study or for further information, please contact or call 02 9351 9545.
Researchers at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research are looking for healthy, good sleeping control participants for a brain imaging study.
The study involves questionnaires, a sleep diary and actiwatch for two weeks and, if suitable, we will then ask you to have a one hour brain imaging scan. We will provide a digital picture of your brain on CD as a thank you for taking part in the research.
Participants need to be in current good healthy (physically and psychologically), free from sleeping tablets and/or medication that may affect sleep and central nervous system, sleep more than six hours per night, with a stable sleep period between 10pm and 8am.
We aim to match participants for age (range: 42-53 years) and gender (one male, five females) to our already recruited insomnia participants. This is a voluntary study, therefore participants will not be paid but travel expenses to the scanner will be paid. You will also receive the CD copy of your brain as a thank you.
If you have any questions, would like to see the information sheet or would like to take part in this study, please email or phone (02) 9114 0451.
Are you overweight? Do you lose weight but have trouble keeping it off? If so, you could have pre-diabetes.
Professor Jennie Brand-Miller 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 three years. If you are between the ages of 25 and 70, contact the researchers by or call/SMS 0434 751 015.
Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney are conducting a survey to find out what older people think of a yoga-based exercise program designed to improve balance and mobility, and prevent falls.
The study team, led by Dr Anne Tiedemann, has recently developed a yoga-based exercise program and would now like to measure the perceptions of older people towards it.
People aged 60 years or older, who have not taken part in yoga-based exercise for the past ten years and are healthy enough to take part in regular exercise, are invited to participate. It involves completing a 30-minute survey.
For more information about the study, or to participate, email or call 02 9657 0393.
The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance is undertaking a study to compare two influenza treatments for people aged 13 to 65.
They are seeking volunteers with influenza, whose symptoms have only been present for less than 48 hours.
If you are sick and have had symptoms for less than 48 hours, please call Helen Knight on 02 9845 1430 or Pamela Cheung on 02 9845 1408 immediately.
If you are not currently sick, you can also pre-register your interest by calling Helen or Pamela. You will receive information about the study and can enrol as soon as you experience symptoms.
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 two hours. You will be undergo a one hour clinical assessment with one of our psychiatrists and have a one hour brain scan (MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
If you would like more information regarding this study or are interested in participating, please contact on 02 9114 4204 or on 02 9351 0714.
Researchers at the University of Sydney are investigating eating behaviours, in particular grazing, which is the repetitious eating of small amounts of food over an extended period of time. We are looking for volunteers to participate in the online study.
The two-part study involves an online questionnaire (up to 30 minutes) about your eating habits, attitudes towards eating and experience of emotions, such as anxiety and stress. Secondly, participants will be asked to complete a brief daily eating diary (up to 10 minutes per day) over four days.
If you would like to participate in the study, please complete the survey. If you have further questions, please contact .
Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment? We would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.
We are looking for anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression.
What the study involves
- The trial will NOT involve any costs.
- People will continue their usual treatment.
- The treatment trial will last 3 months.
- You will attend a final visit 4 weeks after the treatment trial
- We will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial.
If you would like to find out more contact the trial coordinator:
P: 9462 9902
Researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences are seeking volunteers to participate in the The Food, Mood & Mind Study. This study aims to investigate how food, nutrients (e.g. iron and zinc) and weight can influence mood and cognitive function in the female brain.
We are looking for young healthy women aged between 18-35 years who weigh at least 80 kilograms. Participants attend two 2-hour sessions at either Camperdown or Lidcombe, one of which include ‘brain games tests’ on a touch screen computer.
Upon completion, participants will receive a $50 Coles Myer Gift Voucher as reimbursement for participating. For further information, email or phone 0434 362 515.
We are looking for healthy men to participate in the trial of a new tool that can be used by sleep physicians and researchers to assess an individual’s sleepiness levels and neurobehavioural performance. It is entirely computer-based.
Eligible participants are healthy men, aged 40-70 years old, with no previous history of mental illness or sleep disorders, and are not colour blind or taking any psychoactive drugs.
The study involves: Attending an appointment at the Woolcock Institute in Glebe during which you will complete computerised tasks and questionnaires, as well as keeping a sleep diary for one week. Travel expenses will be paid.
If you have any questions or would like to take part in this study please email or call 02 9114 0429.
A study investigating how our thoughts can be influenced by what we eat is looking for participants aged 18-40 with no history of eating disorders. Participants cannot be pregnant, vegetarian, or taking weight loss medication.
The two-part study has specific eating/fasting requirements. The first part involves a computer-based reaction time tasks and a brief questionnaire, which is to be done two hours after a meal. Food will be provided for the second part of the study, but participants are required to not eat for five to six hours beforehand.
All participants will be reimbursed for participating.
If you are interested in taking part or if you would like further information, please contact Anastasia via .
We are seeking participants with Sleep Apnea to undergo a 28 hour sleep deprivation study examining the impact on daytime sleepiness, performance and attention.
The study involves a weekend stay in the sleep laboratory and a 1 hour MRI brain scan. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.
You may be suitable if you:
- Are between 25 – 65
- Have been diagnosed with sleep apnea
- Are willing to be sleep deprived and undertake performance tasks of driving skills, attention and memory.
If you are interested in this study please call Hannah Openshaw (02 91140499) or Andrew Vakulin (02 91140443).
A study is exploring the role of exercise in the treatment and recovery of anorexia. It aims to identify how exercise can benefit patients in treatment, and how individuals re-establish healthy exercise into their lives in recovery.
Individuals who have recovered from anorexia are currently being recruited.
Participation involves a confidential interview with the researcher. This important information may contribute to future treatment interventions for anorexia nervosa.
If you would like to participate or require further information, please email or phone 0438 091 247.
We are looking for healthy individuals to participate in a study looking at brain maturation in young adulthood.
Eligible participants are between the ages of 8-18 or 30-38, physically healthy with no previous history of mental illness, and available for a follow-up session 18 months after the first session.
Data from both sessions will allow us to assess the brain development changes that have taken place between your first and second visit.
The study involves an MRI scan, EEG recording, web-based questionnaires and provision of a saliva sample.
If you are interested in participating, please email or phone 02 9845 8160.
Participants will be asked to participate in a brief social interaction with another participant. You will also complete short questionnaires and computerised tasks.
The sessions, which take around 1 hour, are on the Camperdown Campus. You will be compensated for your time.
To find out more and get involved email