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.



A new approach to bipolar depression

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment? The CADE Clinic would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.

The CADE Clinic are looking for anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression. The trial will NOT involve any costs. The Clinic will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial. If you would like to find out more, please email the trial coordinator or phone 9462 9902.

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 .

Volunteers needed for emotion recognition study

We are conducting an experiment in Positive Computing lab and we are looking for volunteers to participate in our study. The study is about recognizing affective states using physiological signals.

The experiment will last about 90 minutes. The participant will received a movie ticket for his/her participation.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email or contact him on 0420508484.

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

Healthy volunteers for multiple sclerosis study

The study will investigate the development of cognitive impairment (decline in thinking and memory) and damage to gray matter in patients with multiple sclerosis over a 24-month period. The study also aims to develop new imaging biomarkers of brain injury and repair in multiple sclerosis.

Volunteers will be healthy controls in the study. Volunteers will be followed up for 2 years in total and will commit to 4 visits as part of the study (baseline, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months).

A series of tests will be performed at each visit including: a blood test, an MRI scan of the brain, a physical examination (non-invasive), a specialised eye test, and a series of concentration and memory tests. All tests will be carried out by trained professionals.

It is estimated that 3 of the visits will take 5-6 hours and one of the visits will take 3 hours.

Contact: Marinda Taha

Investigating the emotional experiences of parents and stepparents

Researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a study investigating the factors related to emotional wellbeing in parents and their partners.

It is hoped that this research will lead to the development of programs which aim to provide emotional support specifically to parents who experience emotional difficulties.

Being in this study is completely voluntary - you are not under any obligation to consent and - if you do consent - you can withdraw at any time without affecting your relationship with The University of Sydney. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey that you can complete on your home computer or on your smart phone. You will be asked questions about your emotional health, parenting experiences, your opinions about parenting, and demographic details. Completing the survey will take between 20-30 minutes. You will be able to save your responses and return to the survey to complete it over time, if you wish.

You are suitable for this study if:

  1. You live in Australia
  2. You are aged 18 years or over
  3. You have been in a committed relationship for at least one year
  4. You OR your partner have at least one child under the age of 18 years

Complete the survey.

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 h.parker@sydney.edu.au. Like our page at www.facebook.com/foodmoodmind.

Are you afraid of rejection? Feel you've never really fitted in?

You are invited to participate in a study into the causes and nature of severe shyness. You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Want to socialize more but feel held back by anxiety or fear of rejection
  • Get feelings of inferiority
  • Want to know more about your personality style

Dr Lisa Lampe is conducting research to better understand the nature and possible causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder - a condition that affects 1-2% of people and causes in-tense social anxiety, fear of rejection and humiliation, and leads to unwanted social isolation. To find out more about Avoidant Personality Disorder and the aims of the research, visit the Cade Clinic website.

Please note that this study does not offer treatment. Participants in this study may have their travel expenses reimbursed up to $20

Psychology study

Participants will take part in two studies.

In study 1, participants will be asked to participate in a brief webcam interaction with other students, and complete some short tasks and questionnaires.

In study 2, participants will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires assessing their thoughts and feelings towards social groups.

The research will not exceed 1 hour. Participants will be compensated for their time. Please take this quick, 2-minute survey to check if you are eligible. If you are eligible and leave your contact details, we will contact you to schedule your participation.

Dietary and physical activity data access survey

Do you use a smartphone app or other health tracking device (e.g. 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 and go into the draw to win a $200 iTunes or Google Play voucher! The survey closes on 19 November 2014.

Injured in a road crash in the last 28 days?

The FISH study – Factors influencing social and health outcome after a land transport injury

We know that injuries can affect many aspects of a person’s life, including physical health, participation in activities and general well being. Some people seem to recover from their injuries faster or more completely than others. We are keen to understand the factors associated with good outcomes. The results of this research will be used to better help those recovering from injuries in the future.

Your participation involves completing a 45 minute telephone interview sometime during the first 28 days of the injury, followed by a 20 minute interview at 6, 12 and 24 months.

To register your interest complete the online form and we will get back to you shortly.

If you would like more information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Low Back Pain study

The Pain Management Research Institute and Department of Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital are undertaking a study aiming to improve the assessment of pain in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP).

Healthy volunteers and people with IBS or CLBP are invited to take part in a three hour study involving non-invasive testing of sensation.

$120 is offered as partial reimbursement for time and travel. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr Paul Wrigley at or call 02 9926 4960.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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 2-3 hours over one day. You will be required to undergo a 1 hour clinical assessment with one of our psychiatrists, and have a 1 hour brain scan (MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

If you would like more information regarding this study or are interested in participating, please contact:
Ashleigh Tickell
T: +61 2 9114 4204
Daniel O'Doherty
T: +61 2 9351 0714

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder

A brain imaging research project is being conducted by doctors and scientists investigating bipolar disorder in adolescents. The research is being conducted at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute.

Participation involves having an MRI brain scan whilst you are simultaneously completing several experimental tasks. The study goes for approximately one hour and does not involve any drugs or needles.

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, and either have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or do not have any significant medical history we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact the trial coordinator:
Ashleigh Tickell
T +61 2 9114 4204

Healthy volunteers needed to donate blood to cancer research

An important part of cancer research involves the identification of genes and proteins associated with specific cancer types (called cancer biomarkers). These can be discovered by analysing cancer cells growing in the laboratory, or by comparing blood samples from cancer patients with those from healthy people.

The Kolling Institute Tumour Bank is looking for volunteers to donate 20mls of blood which will be used by researchers to compare with blood from patients diagnosed with cancer, helping us find new treatments, earlier methods of diagnosis, and causes of cancer.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Have not previously donated to our bank
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not had cancer
  • Have not been hospitalised in the last 6 months

In addition to your donation of blood, we also ask you to fill out a brief medical history and sign a consent form. To protect your privacy, all samples and medical history information are de-identified.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the tumour bank office:
T: 9926 4771
E: to arrange a time convenient for you.

Wanted: dog owers

Volunteers are wanted to help with validation of the Australian Canine Behaviour Survey.

After completing the online survey, you set a video camera and record your dog for 30-40 minutes from when you leave the house. This will enable us to compare your survey answers with your dog's behaviour when left alone.

Anyone happy to be involved can email Diane
diane.vr@sydney.edu.au or
phone 0423 087 823.

How migraine and other headaches types change over time

Headache study

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:
Maria Eliza Aguila
Tel. 9351 9010 (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Andrew Leaver
Tel. 9351 9545 (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Mental Health Research with Kids

We are looking for children to participate in research about kids. To participate children must be:

  • Confident, worry-freeand easy-going
  • Aged 8-12
  • Have never sought help from a Mental Health Professional

This study includes completing some questionnaires and coming to The University of Sydney for a 1.5 hour activity session. At the University parents and children will complete a range of activities and a brief interview. Receive 2 movie vouchers for participating. For more information, please phone 9036 5037 or email .

Low back pain studies

Have you experienced chronic low back pain for 3 months or more?

Would you like help to identify those aspects of your low back pain that are most troubling to you, and explore solutions to these problems?

This study involves 5 individual consultations of approximately 1/2 hour over a two month period.

Please contact (PhD candidate, Physiotherapist) or phone 0410 449 766