Volunteer for research studies

We can't do research without your help.

If you'd like to get involved, the opportunities are available for recent studies and the below categories:

Psychology and mental health

Weight loss

Cancer

Sleep

Learning, experience and satisfaction

Other diseases and conditions

Animal behaviour

Psychology and mental health

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.


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.


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
E:
T: +61 2 9114 4204
or
Daniel O'Doherty
E:
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
E:
T +61 2 9114 4204


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 and who 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. Participants will receive 2 movie vouchers for participating. For more information, please phone 9036 5037 or email .


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.


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 people aged 16 to 30 years with an intellectual disability who do not have Autism, Down syndrome or epilepsy.

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: lauren.rice@sydney.edu.au or on 02 9114 4106

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:
Condom study
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

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.To read more about the study, and access the survey. 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. This study is being conducted by a University of Sydney Psychology PhD student. If you choose not to participate, this will not affect your relationship with The University of Sydney. Please contact researcher Indako Clarke with any questions:

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, please click here to go to 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 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

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

Do you have an anxious or nonanxious 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.

Study examining thinking styles in young people

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

Children and adolescents aged 8-17 who experience problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study. 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 email or call 0416 890 595


Children with ADHD required for study aiming to improve play and social skills

Researchers from the disciplines of Occupational Therapy and speech Pathology are looking for children with ADHD aged 6-11 years to participate in a novel, play-based intervention that aims to improve their social, play and communication skills.

For more information about the study please contact PhD Candidate (0402402359) or (+61 2 9351 9857).


Effects of antidepressants on emotional experiences in depression sufferers

The Department of Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital is currently conducting a research study on the effects of antidepressant medications on emotional experiences.
If you are aged 18 to 65 and are currently suffering from depression, you may be eligible to participate in this nationwide study.

Eligible study participants will receive all antidepressant medications and study-related care from the study psychiatrist at no cost for the study duration (7 months).

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact the Study Coordinator on 9845 5967 or by .


Does your social life concern you?

We are trying to understand what the social life in young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome looks like and if they wish it were different.

The participants will carry an iPod Touch/ iPhone to respond to a short survey 7 times each day for a week.

If you are between 16 and 45 years with an ASD and interested in this study, please contact


Do you have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or know someone who does?

A team of researchers based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute are carrying out studies focused on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. These studies involve a variety of activities including diagnostic assessments, group and individual therapy, and medical treatments like Oxytocin.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in one of these studies, please consider filling in this survey (which will take around 15 minutes) to become part of our research register, so we can contact you when we are conducting a study you might be suitable for. For more information please contact


Study of social interactions

Participants in this study will be asked to take part in a brief social interaction with another volunteer. You will also complete some short questionnaires and computerised tasks.

The study is on the Camperdown campus and will take around 1 hour. You will be compensated for your time.

Find out more and register your interest.


Free treatment for men with depressive symptoms and sleeping difficulties

The SOMNA Study is a clinical trial looking to recruit men aged 50 years and over who are experiencing symptoms of depression and insomnia. The study involves free psychiatric assessment, individualised care plans and treatment for participants.

Whilst receiving treatment for their mood, participants will also be randomised to complete one of two internet programs, each lasting nine weeks and each focusing on sleep problems and insomnia.

The study is being conducted by the Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. It will commence in March 2013 and recruitment will extend over 12 months. The study is funded by beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative and The Movember Foundation.

For further information, please contact Professor Nick Glozier, Nicole Cockayne or Eleanor Purshouse by phone (+61 2 9114 4002), or visit the SOMNA website.


Cognitive behavioural study for children with asthma

Researchers at the University of Sydney are investigating a cognitive behavioural intervention for children with asthma. To understand how effective the intervention is, it is important to compare children with and without asthma on a number of different measures.

Parents of 8-12 year old children with and without asthma are invited to participate in the study. Children and their parents will be asked to complete a short interview, questionnaires and different tasks.

Children with asthma will be invited to participate in free psychological treatment to help them manage their asthma. Children without asthma will receive two free movie vouchers for participating. For more information, please phone 9036 5037 or .


Weight Loss

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.

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)

Do you need help with diabetes or pre-diabetes?

Would you like to receive weight-control advice for 12 months from dietitians and exercise physiologists - at no cost?

The Clinical Trials Unit in the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise is seeking participants interested in preventing or controlling diabetes.

You will be involved in a study comparing two different diets. Contact James Gerofi for more information.


Health attitudes and behaviour, food perceptions, and attention

We are seeking overweight adults to participate in a two-part study of health attitudes and behaviour, food perceptions, and attention.

Part A of the study involves assessments of physical and mental co-ordination, taste perceptions, and eating habits. Part B involves assessments of attention, and health attitudes and behaviour.

Participants may complete either Part A or Part B, or both. You will be reimbursed for your time (up to $20 for completing both Parts A and B).

If you are interested in participating please contact .


Receive free exercise therapy in liver fat study

Are you concerned about your weight and physical fitness? Would you like to receive free exercise therapy?

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise are conducting a study that aims to compare different exercise strategies in reducing liver fat.

To participate, you must be aged between 29 and 59 with a body mass index (BMI) > 25. To participate or for more information, contact Shelley Keating on 0405 735 200 or


Volunteers with type 2 diabetes

PhD student Fiona Atkinson, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, is currently recruiting individuals with type 2 diabetes aged 18 years or over for a research study looking at the effect of genes on carbohydrate digestion.

Participation in the study would involve one visit where volunteers will provide one fasting blood sample, one saliva sample and a three-day food record. The total time commitment would be approximately 20 minutes.

If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please email .


Could a testosterone boost help you avoid type 2 diabetes?

Are you male? Aged 50-74? Why not join our new study into testosterone and type 2 diabetes.

You will receive free access to Weight Watchers plus either testosterone or placebo for 2 years.

For more information, please contact our research nurse at Concord Hospital on 9767 7222 or . Or visit www.t4dm.org.au.


Cancer

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:

  • 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.


Feedback on a breast cancer rehab survey

Have you been treated for breast cancer in the last 5 years? If so, we would like to invite you to assist in pilot testing a survey that explores what rehabilitation services you received for physical problems and issues arising from treatment for your breast cancer.

We request that you attend a single session at Camperdown Campus where you will be asked to complete the survey. This will take approximately 20 minutes. After completion of the survey, you and the other women who have volunteered will be asked to discuss whether there were any ambiguities in the questions and whether there are other questions which should have been included. The discussion will be audio-taped to allow the researchers to review information discussed.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Breast Cancer Research Group (9036 7309) or via email:


Help patients learn more about their cancer treatment options

Have you ever received, or know somebody who has received treatment for cancer?

The treatment of newly diagnosed cancer patients is often considered at a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting of cancer professionals convened at Public or Private Hospitals. GP’s and patients may not be present at MDT meetings and often meeting outcomes are not passed on to GPs and patients.

To better inform patients and improve communication of MDT outcomes, The University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Cancer Institute NSW are developing a report template to summarise treatment outcomes of MDT meetings specific for patients.

To ensure our strategy is patient focused we are requesting involvement from consumers. Participation in the study will require the viewing of a draft patient MDT report template and a short telephone interview to provide feedback.

For further information about the study, please contact Alexandra Hawkey or phone 02 9351 3137.


Truce: A group program for young people who have a parent with cancer

Are aged between 14 and 22 and have a parent or caregiver with cancer? CanTeen has a FREE program called Truce to help develop coping skills for life.

We are evaluating a 7 week face-to-face group program called Truce, which aims to help young people cope better with having a parent or caregiver with cancer.

Truce uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and helps you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, better communicate with others (especially family) and live your life based on your values.

Sessions begin in April (Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Casula). For more information visit the Truce website or contact the CanTeen research team on 1800 243 007 or by

Sleep

Tell us about your sleep habits and neck pain

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: .

Learning, experience and satisfaction

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.

Australian Alcohol Study

Researchers from the University of Sydney are conducting two online studies regarding alcohol consumption. You do not need to drink alcohol in order to participate in both studies.

One study involves two questionnaires and three computer tasks, and the second study involves one questionnaire. Participation in study 1 is open to adults, living in Australia, who are fluent in English. To participate in study 2, you must also have consumed alcohol within the past year.

All participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of three $50 gift vouchers.

If you have any questions, visit Australian Alcohol Study or contact the primary researcher,

International student students from Europe

Postgraduate coursework students from Europe are invited to participate in a research study that will explore your experiences about university life in Australia.

Your opinions about the academic system and the social and cultural aspects of study in Australia are important as you are an integral part of the postgraduate learning community at the University of Sydney.

Your viewpoints can assist in creating a better university experience for future international students from Europe.

Please contact Marguerite Biasatti for further information by phone on 0417694961 or

Survey on sexually explicit websites use, attitudes and behaviour

We are interested in your experiences with sexually explicit (pornographic) website use, as well as your sexual behaviours and attitudes. The study involves filling out a brief online survey, which will ask questions about the sorts of websites you visit, your relationships, sexual behaviours and attitudes. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential.

To participate in this study, you must be over 18, be fluent in written and spoken English and be living in Australia. Please note: you do not need to have used sexually explicit websites in order to participate. To begin there are two surveys which you may complete. Survey one asks about (sexual attitudes & behaviours and Survey two focuses on safe sex.

Sexual Orientation Beliefs Study

We are conducting a study at the University of Sydney investigating the beliefs that same-sex attracted people hold about the nature and origins of their sexual orientation.

You are invited to participate if you are same-sex attracted, aged 18 years and over, and a resident of Australia. Participation involves the completion of an online survey and will take approximately 20-30 minutes.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are interested in participating in this study please fill out our online survey.

Adolescents and a parent or caregiver are needed for study

If you have a son or daughter aged 11-13, then the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre is interested in what you and your child have to say about HPV vaccination.

It does not matter if your child has had the HPV vaccine. Dr Cooper would like to ask you questions about HPV and the HPV vaccine.

Your answers will be used to develop of a decision-making tool for young people and their parents to use together, to help them make a decision about HPV vaccination. You will be reimbursed for travel.

If you or anyone you know is interested in this study, please fill in this form or contact .

Survey about risky play

Are you a dare-devil or a scaredy cat? When it comes to children in your care do you let them take risks while playing?

Take the short 'Tolerance or Risk in Play Scale' survey and contribute to a Faculty of Health Sciences study on everyday adventure.

Other diseases and conditions

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

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

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:


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
maria.aguila@sydney.edu.au
Tel. 9351 9010 (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Andrew Leaver
andrew.leaver@sydney.edu.au
Tel. 9351 9545 (Faculty of Health Sciences)


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

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

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
Contact
If you want to know more or are interested in
taking part, please contact:
Donna Thomas
Speech Pathologist
or 9351 9866
or
Dr Tricia McCabe
Speech Pathologist
or 9351 9747

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 contact : Associate Professor Matthew Todd

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.

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.

Low back pain PREVENT study

Are you currently suffering an acute (less than 4 weeks) episode of low back pain? You are invited to participate in an NHMRC research project - the PREVENT study - which aims to help people recover early from their low back pain.

To participate, you will meet with a pain clinician at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Barker Street, Randwick 2031, for an examination and two one-hour consultations. This service is completely free to you.

For further information please email Dr Markus Huebscher or phone 02 9399 1049

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

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) pain study requires healthy participants

To improve the way pain is assessed following spinal cord injury the Pain Management Research Institute (Kolling Institute) is evaluating the benefit of a sensitive nerve test (Contact Heat Evoked Potentials) to detect surviving pain and temperature nerves.

The study aims to match control participants for age and gender to our already recruited participants with SCI. Eligible participants are aged 30-65 years, with no previous history of nerve pain. The study involves one visit to Royal North Shore Hospital and is expected to take approximately 3 hours.

An amount of $120 will be provided to assist with the costs of attending. If you have any questions, would like to view the information sheet or would like to participate in this study please email , or call (02) 9926 4951

The 1000 Norms Project

The 1000 Norms Project is currently collecting basic physical and health information from 1000 healthy individuals across the entire lifespan to help identify the range of variation in the healthy population.

If you are between 3 and 100 years of age, consider yourself healthy for your age, and can participate in the usual activities that other people your age do (e.g. go to work, visit friends etc) you may be eligible to participate.

Eligible participants will be invited to attend The University of Sydney Cumberland Campus for a once-only assessment. The assessment will take approximately 2-3 hours and includes performing basic physical assessments and completing questionnaires. You will also be invited to provide a saliva DNA sample. Reimbursement for travel will be provided.

To register for the project please contact , , or phone 02 9036 7435

Foot and Ankle Strength Training (FAST) research study for children with CMT

Foot and ankle muscle weakness is a major problem for children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), but there are no effective treatments available for this problem. We are conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of foot and ankle exercise in children with CMT. The study is conducted at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney in children with CMT aged 6-17 years . If you have a child with CMT or know any children with CMT who might be interested in this trial, please contact the investigators: Dr Amy Sman and Associate Professor Joshua Burns. For more info or phone 02 9845 3004.

Healthy volunteers for peripheral nerve studies

Healthy volunteers are required to obtain normative data using nerve excitability techniques which involve passing small electrical pulses in the forearm and hand.

This data will be compared to results from patients with various neurological diseases to identify changes and differences that occur in illness, with the aim of furthering our understanding of the underlying mechanism of these diseases.

If you are a healthy adult and willing to lend approximately 2 hours of your time, please contact .

Research study about Computed Tomography (CT) scan information

The University'sCentre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making are conducting a research study aimed at understanding how showing information about CT scans impacts on what people remember and their decision to have CT scans in the future. As a part of this study you will be asked to read some information and answer questions about hypothetical medical scenarios, these scenarios are not based on your own health or related to it in any way.

If would like to know more about the study, please follow this link to read more. If you agree to take part, you will be asked some questions, then shown information and asked to answer some more questions.

Your involvement should take in total about 30-45 minutes of your time.

Animal behaviour

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.

Owners of Labradors & Golden Retrievers

Volunteers are wanted to help with a study into the genetics of separation distress in dogs. Both affected dogs and controls are needed.

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to assist the study in determining if your dog will be helpful to the research. Depending on your responses you may also be asked for a DNA sample (saliva swab).

Anyone happy to be involved can email at or phone 0423 087 823.