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.



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-free and 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

Healthy volunteers required to have arms and legs measured

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 30 minutes.

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact Elizabeth Dylke at 9351 9021 or email

The TEMPO Diet Trial – fast or slow weight loss, which is better?

For many years health professionals have recommended ‘slow and steady’ weight losses of approximately 0.1 to 1 kilo per week. In recent years however, an increasing number of health professionals are prescribing meal replacement diets called very low energy diets (VLEDs) because they can induce relatively fast weight losses of approximately 0.5 to 2 kilos per week, which some people find motivating, and because some people report not feeling hungry while following a VLED.

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 metabolic health, body fat content and distribution, muscle mass and strength, and bone density in post-menopausal women for 3 years after commencement of the diet.

Recruitment for the TEMPO Diet Trial is currently underway. If you are interested in participating in this trial and 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. (How to calculate your BMI).

  • Contact: The TEMPO Team on
  • Download the Information for Participants (PDF)

Innovative binge eating disorder therapy

Do you overeat regularly? Are you overweight? Contact the University of Sydney research investigator Katie at or on 040 267 6186 for more information and to see if you are eligible for this study.

Tell us about your sleep habits and neck pain

Tell us about your sleep habits, pillow and mattress support, and any experience of pain in the neck.

You are eligible to take part in the survey if you are between18-65 years old of either gender. Complete 8-10 minute survey and be entered into a draw for a chance to win a 1st prize of $200 cash, or one of five minor cash prizes of $25 each. The prize draw will be drawn on 15th October 2014 and the prize winners will be announced one week later.

For more information, please contact Pei-te Huang on 0452 488 288 or Email: .

Study seeking people with an intellectual disability

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the connectivity and structure of the Prader-Willi syndrome brain. We are looking for people to participate as control participants in this study.

We are looking for two groups of people:

  • People aged between 16 and 30 who an intellectual disability of an unknown cause
  • People aged between 16 and 30 who do not have a disability

If you agree to participate in this study you will be invited to the Brain and mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney for a short cognitive assessment and a 45 minute MRI scan. Participants will be compensated for their time and efforts with a gift voucher.

If you are interested in participating or would like to know more please contact Lauren Rice either via email: or on 02 9114 4106

Are you aged 60 years or older and wanting to become more physically active?

You are invited to participate in a study entitled: Can physical activity promotion and fall prevention interventions for older adults be combined successfully? The study is being run by The George Institute for Global Health and The University of Sydney.

This study aims to determine the benefits of an intervention package which involves a falls risk assessment, tailored fall prevention and physical activity plan supported by health coaching and provision of a Fitbit (an affordable pedometer-like device).
If you decide to participate in this research study, you will be randomly allocated to either intervention group or to the comparison control group. This means that only half of the people who participate in this study will actually take part in the intervention program.

To be eligible for this study you need to be 60 years of age or older, living at home, a regular (weekly) user of a computer or internet connected device, able to leave the house regularly without physical assistance from another person and not suffer from a medical condition that precludes exercise participation or have limited English language skills. Participation is free.

To learn more about this study or to take part, please contact:
Dr Anne Tiedemann or
Ph: 9657 0393
Email: atiedemann@georgeinstitute.org.au
Dr Serene Paul
Ph: 9657 0370 (w) 0405 303 102 (m)
Email: spaul@georgeinstitute.org.au

Participate in a condom study, men who have sex with men

This anonymous study aims to explore what men who have sex with men think and feel about accessing, carrying, negotiating, using, and disposing of condoms, and how this relates to sexual behaviour. The study also aims to see whether making plans to use condoms, and reminders of this plan, affect future condom use. The study is thought to be important to understanding how decisions to use or not use condoms are made in view of the availability or highly affective antiretroviral therapies to suppress HIV viral load.
To access this study please click on the link below:
Please feel free to forward the link to others who may be interested in participating.
For more information or to be sent a link to the study, please contact

Looking for people who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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 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: T: +61 2 9114 4204 or T: +61 2 9351 0714

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder - Patients and Controls needed

A brain imaging research project is being conducted by doctors and scientists investigating bipolar disorder in adolescents. The research is being conducted at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney. 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. You will be reimbursed with a $30 gift voucher. We are looking for both control participants and patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (patient), or do not have any significant medical history (control) and are interested in more information about this study you can email the study co-ordinator on: ashleigh.tickell@sydney.edu.au or call (02) 9114 4204, or Kate Chitty on (02) 9351 0724 for more information.

Do you suffer from sciatica?

Sciatica is described as radiating pain down the leg related to a problem in the low back. There is no clear evidence that conservative treatments for sciatica are useful, but the anti-convulsant drug pregabalin has shown some early promising effects.

Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney are conducting the NHMRC-funded PRECISE study to investigate the efficacy of pregabalin, compared to placebo, in people with sciatica.

If you have sciatica for 1 year or less, have not tried pregabalin and are interested in participating, please contact the research team. If you participate, you will:
- be assessed by a study clinician
- be given study medication, free of charge, and advice about how best to manage sciatica
- be monitored for 1 year by the researchers

To become involved:
Phone: (02) 8238 2412
SMS: 0406 995 987

Participate in an online study of students’ academic behaviours, thoughts, and feelings

This study involves answering a number of questions about yourself and others via an online survey. You will be asked about such things as your behaviours, thoughts, and feelings in relation to your academic work, yourself, and your parents. Completing the online survey should take about 60 minutes.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and if you choose to participate we cannot guarantee that you will receive any benefit from the study. If you choose not to participate, this will not affect your relationship with the University of Sydney.

This study is being conducted by a University of Sydney Psychology PhD student. Please contact researcher Indako Clarke with any questions:

Do you snore and have high blood pressure?

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Glebe is running an NHMRC funded trial looking at patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnoea and high blood pressure.
We are looking for people with:
1. High blood pressure or currently on blood pressure medications
2. Bad snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea
3. Age between 18yo-65yo
If you are interested, please contact us on 02 9114-0414, or email , or complete our screening survey

Speech therapy for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Verbal Dyspraxia)

Is speech therapy for effective when provided over the internet? We know that intensive face – to – face treatment is effective for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and want to know whether treatment via the internet is also effective. We’re looking for children aged 5 – 12 with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Verbal Dyspraxia), who have no other developmental diagnoses and have a home computer, broadband internet, a web-cam and land-line phone. For more information please see the attached flyer
If you want to know more or are interested in
taking part, please contact:
Donna Thomas
Speech Pathologist
or 9351 9866
Dr Tricia McCabe
Speech Pathologist
or 9351 9747

Do you take puffers for your asthma?

Are you between 18-55 yrs old with doctor diagnosed asthma?

Do you take puffers for your asthma?

This study is looking at imaging the lungs of asthmatic subjects before and after a period of standard asthma puffer treatment. The study involves six visits in total and is generously reimbursed. Study visits take place at either Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards or Macquarie University Hospital in North Ryde - both sites are located on railway lines with frequent service. The aim of this study is to examine the changes in lung reactivity after standard puffer treatment using state-of-the-art lung imaging.
For more information and to get involved contact : Ph: 02 9463 2929

Volunteer for the Open Source Malaria consortium

The Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium, founded by A/Prof Matthew Todd in the School of Chemistry, is aimed at discovering new medicines to treat malaria using open source principles: all data and ideas are shared online, anyone may take part and there will be no patents. Their latest newsletter may be downloaded [here]. The project is looking for volunteers to help in 3 ways:
1) Making molecules in the lab - if you are a science student with some lab experience, talk to Mat Todd about volunteering to help make new drug candidates.
2) If you like science writing, there are lots of ways to help maintain the project wiki, by folding in the latest experimental developments and helping to write research papers.
3) If you like science popularization, the consortium is looking for people to help with spreading the word about the project through social media, and to write popular articles about what the consortium has discovered.
For more information please contact Associate professor Matthew Todd

Death at Work: Improving Support for Families

The Ageing Work and Health Research Unit at the University of Sydney and the School of Management at the University of New South Wales are conducting a study investigating the consequences of workplace death for surviving family members.
This world-first Australian Research Council funded study will pinpoint ways to improve support for partners and families following work-related tragedies. Results will be used to improve and better manage the consequences of work-related deaths for families.
The research team is currently inviting participants to complete a survey about their experiences. If you are interested in participating, here is the link to the survey.
Please forward the link to others who may be interested in participating in this important research.
If you would like more information or would like the survey in hard-copy format, please call 0415 898 398 or email

Do you use Instagram? Study into the motivation use of Instagram

Personality, Privacy and Motivations for using Instagram
Do you use Instagram?
This study explores the role of personality factors, privacy concerns and personal motivation in the use of Instagram. Participants are invited to complete a 30 minute online survey for a chance to win one of five gift vouchers.
To participate in the survey and view the Participant Information Statement, please Click here

For further information, please contact

Study the influence of genetic factors in athlete performance

Investigators from the University of Sydney are collaborating with a group from the Universiti Sains Malaysia, investigating the influence of genetic factors in athlete performance. Thus, we are looking for 180 students to establish a reference population for frequency of genotypes specific to sports performance in a non-athletes population.

DNA will be taken from the cheeks cells using a small buccal swab to rub cells from inside the mouth. This will be repeated twice in the one visit and will take approaximately 5 minutes to complete.

The Participation in the study is voluntary and will not be to the benefit or detriment to your studies or progression within your degree.

If you are interested in participating please contact the following for more information:

Dr. Kieron Rooney: ; (02) 9351 9135
Room K-120,
Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science,
Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Sydney

Ms Hazwani Binti Ahmad Yusof: ; (04) 05393032
Room R-016,
Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science,
Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Sydney

Do you have an anxious or non-annxious child aged 8-17?

Children and adolescents aged 8-17 who experience problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study examining thinking styles. We are also looking for children and adolescents who do not have anxiety problems. Children will be asked to complete a short interview and a simple sorting task. One parent will also be asked to complete a short telephone interview. Children will receive a movie voucher for participating in the study. For further information please contact Sharlene Mantz at the University of Sydney 0416 890 595; .

Self-selected music and gambling behaviour

The School of Psychology is conducting a study investigating the relationships between self-selected music and gambling behavior. Self-selected music is defined as the music that you actively choose to accompany gambling.

This study consists of an online questionnaire and a follow-up interview (optional). For further information please contact Miss Stephanie Bramley (Visiting Researcher, Gambling Treatment Clinic) either via e-mail: or via telephone: +61 2 9351 2199.

Do you suffer painful knee osteoarthritis?

Painful knee

Specialists from Royal North Shore Hospital are conducting a 6 months research study that will observe whether different types of HYALURONIC ACID/STEROID COMBINATION knee injection therapies can reduce pain severity in knee osteoarthritis patients. You may be eligible if you are: between 40 and 85 years old, have mild to moderate knee pain due to osteoarthritis and taking pain mediation on most days.

All participants will receive one of three potential treatments: Hyaluronic acid, Hyaluronic acid & steroid combination, or a corticosteroid. Participants will be reimbursed for travel and some out of pocket study related expenses. For further information, email Tanya Fedorova or phone 02 9463 1774.

Knee pain research: The ZAP2 Trial

The Northern Clinical School are seeking volunteers for a study examining a new treatment for knee pain. This study will determine whether treating patients with zoledronic acid will improve knee pain and slow down the progression of knee osteoarthritis. It will compare the effect of an annual infusion of zoledronic acid to placebo and assess the change using MRI and knee pain.

The School are looking for volunteers who are: aged over 50yrs; have significant knee pain on most days; have an abnormality present on an MRI scan; have clinical knee osteoarthritis.

For more information please email or phone (02)9463 1888

Study comparing two influenza treatments

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.