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

Animal behaviour

Other


Psychology and mental health

Study examining family factors and anxiety in children and adolescents

Children and adolescents aged 8 to 17 years and their primary caregivers are invited to participate in a research study at the University of Sydney. We are inviting young people with anxiety, as well as those without any problems with anxiety to take part.

The young person will be asked to participate in a short interview, fill in some questionnaires, and participate in two brief activities with their primary caregiver. The first activity involves 5-minute parent-child discussions. The second activity involves preparing a two to three minute talk with the help of a parent. The primary caregiver will be asked to fill in some questionnaires, complete a short telephone interview and talk about their child briefly. The young person and their parent will be given a movie voucher to thank them for participating in the study.

This research study aims to provide a better understanding of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), in young people and relevant family factors. It may also help in the development of more effective treatments for young people experiencing problems with anxiety.

For further information please contact Chloe McGrath on 0415 080 767 or

Online survey: Body perceptions and sexuality among university students in Sydney

If you are aged 18-21 years, you are invited to participate in a research study examining body perceptions and sexuality among young adults in Sydney. This research is being conducted by Dr Anthony Santella, Dr Spring Cooper and Mandy Henningham of the University of Sydney, and Professor Larry Olsen from AT Still University. Participation involves completing a survey that should take approximately 15 minutes. Your responses are completely anonymous and no individual answers will be shared with anyone outside the research team. There are no foreseen risks or discomfort associated with this project. For more information, or to complete the survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Uni-Survey

Cannabis and pain

Cannabis has been anecdotally linked to pain relief for centuries but little is known about the biology of cannabis and pain.
In this study we aim to explore how cannabis use affects the body’s pain circuitry by comparing pain sensitivity between two groups of people:
Group 1: Non-cannabis using volunteers, and
Group 2: Regular cannabis users (for at least the last 2 years).

  • You need to be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a regular cannabis user (for the cannabis using group)
  • Be prepared to submerge your hand into a cold bucket of icy water for up to 3 minutes
  • Be willing to give blood samples to aid in interpreting differences in the biology of pain reactivity

For more information or to register for the study please visit www.psych.usyd.edu.au/forms/cannabis-and-pain/

Controls wanted for research into gender differences

Are you or your child aged between 9 and 14 years of age? Are you or your child mentally and physically healthy?

We are looking for volunteers to assist in a study at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead that is looking at gender differences in brain function during early and late adolescence. Participation will involve a brain scan (MRI) and a computerised cognitive assessment and will take approximately 3-4 hours of your time.

Complimentary parking will be provided at the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Millennium Institute, and participants will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses involved in participating in the research.

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact Catherine Chudleigh on 9845 2005 or .

Is sitting behind the wheel driving you mad?

An exciting new study will quantify your stress response to driving in traffic and explore an exercise intervention for reducing stress from driving.

You will be asked to: Drive on a standardised route for about 45 minutes on 2 occasions; Perform a moderate-intensity exercise intervention for 20 min; Watch a TV program for about 45 minutes; and Fill out a short questionnaire.

You will receive a $150 voucher as compensation for your time!

If you are aged 18 to 65, have access to a car, and drive at least once a week, you may be eligible. To express your interest, please scan the QR code or contact Michael Antoun at .

Study on cigarette smoking in people with depression

Researchers in the Faculty of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney are studying the patterns of cigarette smoking in people with depression. Through this research we hope to learn about the patterns of smoking in people taking different antidepressant medicines.

We are seeking volunteers to participate in this survey who: are aged over 18 years; taking an antidepressant medicine for the management of depression; and are proficient in English.

If you agree to participate, you can complete an online survey. This is a brief survey which is expected to take up to 10 minutes to complete.

For enquiries, please contact Associate Professor Timothy Chen on (02) 9351 4440 or .

You will be contributing to a new understanding in the field of study looking at the link between smoking and the use of antidepressant medicines for the management of depression. This knowledge has the potential to improve the treatment guidelines for smokers with depression. All participants will enter a draw to win one of four $50 grocery vouchers.

Neuroimaging – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) study

The Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney is conducting neuroimaging research into PTSD.

We are seeking to recruit for this study: Participants aged 18-50 years who have a diagnosis of PTSD; or Participants who have experienced a traumatic event but have not developed PTSD, and have no history of psychiatric disorders.
For the purpose of the study, a traumatic event experienced or witnessed by participants is defined as: an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.

Participants must have experienced a traumatic event no less than three months and no longer than 10 years previously. A full list of study inclusion and exclusion criteria is available

Participation will involve attending the Brain & Mind Centre at Camperdown for a total of two hours over one day, and you will be required to undergo a one-hour clinical assessment with one of our psychiatrists, and have a one-hour brain scan (MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

For more information visit our PTSD Neuroimaging Research study info page, or contact us .

Obesity and Thinking Skills Study - Participants Needed

Participants are sought for a study investigating the relationship between body weight and higher-level thinking skills.

We need participants who:

  1. Are between 25-65 years old.
  2. Have completed at least 10 years of education in English.
  3. Are either in the "obese" weight range (BMI of at least 30, calculate your BMI calculator) or in the "healthy" weight range (BMI between 18.5 and 25, calculate your BMI).

Participants will complete tasks and puzzles assessing thinking skills, pen-and-paper questionnaires, and will have their weight, height, waist and hip measurements taken.

The study will take place at the University of Sydney. It will take approximately an hour to complete and you will be compensated for your time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Andreea
02 8627 4094

Do you have a non-anxious child aged 15-17?

Adolescents aged 15-17 who do not suffer from any problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study. Adolescents will be asked to complete a short interview and a simple 5-minute problem solving task with one parent. One parent will also be asked to complete a short telephone interview. Adolescents 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 or .

Do you have a child aged 13 - 17?

The BMRI needs help studying how people respond to rewards.

The study involves:

  • A clinical interview
  • Brief self-report questionnaires
  • An MRI brain scan
  • A computerised test in which you will win food rewards (M&Ms, BBQ shapes, Tiny Teddies)

They are looking for people aged 13 to 17 years. The entire session takes approximately 3 hours. If you prefer it can be completed over two different days.

You will be reimbursed with $45-$75 in Coles vouchers, depending on the length of the testing session. You will also get to keep whatever food you win.

For more information, please contact Dr Iain Perkes on 9351 0880 or .

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 .


Weight Loss

FBCx trial: Fibre supplement and Ginseng for weight loss and blood sugar control

Young adult healthy lifestyle and weight management survey

Are you a young adult between the ages of 18 and 35? Are you interested in how technology and social media could be used to help you stay healthy? If you are, we would love to hear your views in this area as we seek to improve how healthy lifestyle and weight management programmes are developed and run.

Complete the survey conducted by Jonathon Khoo (MPH Student) and Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli from the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

For more information, contact Jonathon Khoo at

Australian Food Label Trial is recruiting volunteers

The George Institute for Global Health based at the University of Sydney is currently recruiting volunteers to take part in a new Study on food nutrition labels.

In this study we are comparing labels that display nutrition information in different ways. The aim is to find out which type of label is best at helping people make healthier food and drink choices.

If you are over 18 years old and are the main shopper for your household, you may be eligible to take part. To participate you will need to have a smartphone and plan to be in Australia during the five week study period. Once recruited, you will use your smartphone to access food nutrition labels in a format assigned by the trial. We will also ask you to send us information about what you buy throughout the study.

It is a 5-week study and participants will be provided with an e-Gift card valued at $100 upon study completion as a compensation for the time committed to the study.

If you are interested in finding out more you may visit the study website http://www.foodlabeltrial.org.au or contact the study team at

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)

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.

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 February (Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane), with other locations around Australia later in the year. For more information visit the Truce website or contact the CanTeen research team on 1800 243 007 or by


Sleep

Obstructive sleep apnoea study

Do you snore? Are you sleepy?
People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have different levels of daytime sleepiness, fatigue, attention and concentration. We aim to better identify these differences and improve OSA treatment.

If you snore and think you may have sleep apnea you could be eligible to participate. You will receive a diagnostic sleep study and be asked to participate in 2 nights of research testing.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please send an email to the .

Healthy people with no sleep problems wanted

Do you sleep well? Do you want to help further research into sleep disorders?

Age groups needed:

  • Males aged 35 – 65
  • Females aged 55 – 65


Help us discover new tests and help doctors to better understand impairments caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The study will involve staying awake for 28 hours. You will take part in tests measuring sleep, your driving performance, vigilance and attention.

You will be reimbursed for your time and travel expenses up to $470.

Meals will be provided during the main study visit.

Please email if you are interested in participating.

Insomnia research study seeks volunteers

Do you have insomnia? Do you have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep? Then we invite you to participate in a research study to help us to better characterise sleep disorders.

Firstly, you must complete a 45 minute questionnaire asking about your sleep, health and lifestyle. Depending on your answers to the questionnaire, you may be invited to come to a sleep centre to participate in a two night sleep study.

This study is being carried out at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Glebe. All those diagnosed with insomnia are provided with effective treatment.

If you are interested, please complete the questionnaire.

This research is being run by the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC).


Learning, experience and satisfaction

Are you aged 12 to 24 and live in NSW?

We’d love to hear from you! Researchers from the University of Sydney invite you talk about your experience visiting health services in this confidential online survey.

This could be anything from a visit to the doctor to a stay in hospital, or even an online chat with a health professional. Our goal is to find out what you need and make it easier for you to access health services.

Why should I take part?

By completing this survey, you will:

  • Get a chance to win one of 20 x $50 vouchers
  • Help improve health services in NSW for young people

To participate, please complete this online survey - it only takes 20 minutes!

Can you help promote the survey to other young people?
Are you organising a youth week event (8-17 April 2016)? Encourage young people to help make a difference by having their say!

Share the survey webpage using the sharing buttons!

We'd like all young people to participate, including Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander young people, refugees and asylum seeker young people, those who live in a rural and remote area of NSW, or don’t have anywhere to live at the moment, and sexuality or gender diverse young people.

Drawing asthma: An interview

Are you interested in helping us further our understanding of people’s perceptions of asthma using an innovative method – drawings?

If so, you are invited to take part in a research study exploring the use of drawings to further understanding of people’s perceptions and experiences of their asthma.

An emerging approach for investigating patient perspectives of illness is the use of drawings. Despite the high prevalence of asthma in Australia, there is yet to be research using drawing to explore adult’s perceptions and experiences of their asthma in the Australian population. Drawings may be useful for expression and could increase our understanding of the perspective of people living with asthma. The total time commitment is expected to be approximately one hour. You will be reimbursed for your time.

If you would like more details or would like to take part, please contact Melissa Cheung (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Pharmacy) at or Associate Professor Lorraine Smith (Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy) at

Investigation of patient/carer experiences of communication with allied health practitioners

Have you seen a physiotherapist, radiographer, speech pathologist or occupational therapist in the last 3 months? Researchers from the University of Sydney are investigating patient/carer experiences of communication with allied health practitioners.

The aim of this study is to improve our understanding of what makes a communication encounter effective. The study will involve a 20 minute interview conducted at a time and location convenient to you. If you are interested in participating, please contact Natalie Pollard on +61 2 9036 7353 or .

Are you a medical student concerned about private interests influencing patient care, health research, and policy?

Researchers at the Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine are conducting focus group interviews with medical students to discuss competing interests in health and medicine. Participants are eligible if they are current medical students at a medical school in Australia.

Focus groups are expected to last no more than 1.5 hours, and will consist of a moderated discussion on the topic with 8-15 people. Focus groups will be held at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus. Alternate locations may be organized if in high demand.

Refreshments will be provided and participants will be reimbursed for travel costs. For more information or to sign up, please email or phone +61 2 9036 3424.


Animal behaviour

Australian Pet Rabbit Health & Welfare Study

Participants are sought for a study investigating pet rabbit husbandry and management in Australia and how it impacts on rabbit health and welfare.

Participants will be asked to take an online survey which should only require 20 minutes to complete.

Participants must be:

  1. 18 years or older
  2. A current Australian resident (excluding QLD residents – pet rabbits are illegal in QLD)
  3. Currently own or breed rabbits

All participants go into the running to win a handmade, personalised rabbit mug from Carcoar Pottery.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9FWGNRG

For further details feel free to contact to contact Dr Jenny-Ann Toribio, Associate Professor in Epidemiology +61 2 9351 1609 or Emilee Lay, BSc Vet student 0401 223 828.

Wanted: dog owners

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
or
phone 0423 087 823.


Other

Healthy Volunteers needed for Online Questionnaire-Based Study of Motor Neurone Disease

Our research group at The University of Sydney is looking for risk factors in the environment that may trigger motor neurone disease (MND). You can help us learn more about potential causes of MND by taking our online questionnaire, which covers a wide range of potential risk factors for MND. The only requirement for participants is that they be age 18 or over.

More information about the study, and a link to the questionnaire, can be found at www.alsquest.org. The questionnaire takes about 60 minutes to complete, and can be undertaken in multiple sessions. The questionnaire is anonymous and no details that could identify you are requested.

If you have any questions or would like further details, please email Dr Roger Pamphlett or Jane Parkin Kullmann

Do you experience voice problems due to muscle tension?

Voice therapy is the treatment of choice for voice disorders caused by muscle tension. However, little is known about what actually occurs during therapy and what ‘parts’ of the therapeutic process are responsible for positive treatment results. We want to explore what Speech Pathologists do during therapy when working with people who have Muscle Tension Voice Disorders.

If you are thinking about or currently seeing a Speech Pathologist for voice related concerns, you may be eligible to participate in this study.

Who can participate:

  • 18 years and older
  • Fluent in English
  • Diagnosed with a voice disorder due to muscle tension
  • Seeing a Speech Pathologist for treatment

What will it involve:

  • Your voice therapy session(s) will be video recorded
  • One of the researchers will conduct interview(s) about your video recorded therapy session(s). This interview will be between the researcher and your Speech Pathologist. You will not be present during the interview

For further information please contact Clare Eastwood at clare.eastwood@sydney.edu.au or call or text 0434 894 571.

Are you a Speech Pathologist who treats Muscle Tension Dysphonia?

Little is known about what actually occurs during therapy and what ‘parts’ of the therapeutic process are responsible for positive treatment results. We want to explore what Speech Pathologists do during therapy when working with people who have Muscle Tension Voice Disorders.

Speech Pathologists can participate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are practicing members of Speech Pathology Australia and;
  • Have a current caseload that includes assessing and treating people with Muscle Tension Voice Disorders

What will it involve:

  • Video recording(s) of your therapy session(s)
  • Your participation in interview(s) related to the recorded session(s)

For further information please contact Clare Eastwood at clare.eastwood@sydney.edu.au or call or text 0434 894 571.

Are you in a group where members are aged over 60 years?

Your group is invited to participate in a free research study promoting healthy ageing. The ‘Coaching for Healthy AGEing (CHAnGE) Trial’ aims to measure:

  1. The impact of a physical activity and fall prevention program; and
  2. The effect of a healthy eating program

Both programs involved education and ongoing support from a health professional through regular phone based health coaching. Participation is free.

If members of your group aged 60 and over would like to participate they will be randomly allocated (like tossing a coin) to either the physical activity/fall prevention program or the healthy eating program. The whole group will be allocated to the same program.

A physiotherapist can come and talk to your group to give you more information about the study.

To find out more please contact Betty Ramsay 0435 038 818 or

Have you recently recovered from an episode of low back pain?

Are you worried about it returning?

The University of Sydney is conducting a trial to test two promising approaches to back pain prevention. We are looking for participants whom have recently (within the last three months) recovered from an episode of low back pain. Participation in this study will not cost you anything.

Participants will be randomly allocated (like the flip of a coin) to one of two treatment groups: Either an exercise and education program, or to a back care booklet. Participants allocated to the exercise and education group will be asked to attend a group-based exercise & education program for 12 weeks. Participants allocated to the back care booklet group will receive a booklet which includes advice on self-management and prevention of back pain.

To take part in this important research and for more information please contact the researchers on +61 2 9657 0346 or email

Healthy Volunteers for Multiple Sclerosis MRI Studies

This study will investigate the structure and function of the brain surface ('cortex') and its relationship to disability and cognitive impairment (decline in thinking and memory) in patients with relapsing remitting MS over a 24-month period.

Volunteers will be followed up for two years in total and will commit to four visits as part of the study (baseline, six months, 12 months and 24 months).

A series of tests will be performed at each visit including: an MRI scan of the brain, a physical examination (non-invasive), and a series of concentration and memory tests. In one study specialised non-invasive neurophysiology (‘cortical excitability’) tests will be performed and in the other non-invasive vision tests will be part of the study. All tests will be carried out by trained professionals.

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

The studies are specialised imaging studies investigating the links between MRI, memory (cognition), physical disability and vision tests/ novel electrophysiology ('brain excitability').

For more information please contact Marinda Taha, MS Clinical Trials Coordinator, at or +61 2 9351 0704.

Spinal cord injury sensory function

Two healthy male volunteers (45 – 65 years) are needed to finish this study.

The study involves one visit to the Pain Management Research Institute (Douglas building), Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards and is expected to take approximately three hours. An amount of $120 will be provided to assist with the costs of attending.

We are evaluating a test that confirms spinal cord sensory pathways are intact. The test measures brain activation through electroencephalographic recording (EEG) following computer delivery of a heat pulse to the skin. The presence of a characteristic brain wave indicates communication between the skin and brain and intact nerve pathways.

This test is likely to improve the assessment of spinal cord sensory function following injury.

The study is being run by Dr Paul Wrigley (Pain Medicine Specialist, Conjoint Senior Lecturer) and has Northern Sydney LHD Ethics approval.

To find out more please contact Alan Wainwright on 02 9926 4951 or email

The MIKrO Study: Osteoarthritis and the Gut

Researchers the Royal North Shore Hospital are investigating the link between osteoarthritis and the bacteria in the gut. We are currently recruiting couples who are aged 50 years and over, where one person has knee osteoarthritis and the other does not have any osteoarthritis. Taking part in this study will involve the collection of biological samples (urine, stool and blood) and travel to St Leonards, Sydney. Please register your interest online to receive a call back or call Hema at 02 9463 1896.

Asthma intervention

Asthma Foundation NSW and the University of Sydney are conducting an intervention aimed at improving quality of life of people with poorly controlled asthma, reducing asthma-related visits to GPs and hospitals, and lost time from work.

The intervention is designed to help patients change their behaviour to sustainably improve adherence to their asthma preventer medicines.

Health professionals can refer patients via Medical Director or Best Practice or at asthmaaustralia.org.au Participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information please call Anthony Flynn on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or Associate Professor Lorraine Smith on +61 2 9036 7079.

Exercise for Cannabis Withdrawal

Some people who smoke cannabis on a regular basis find it easy to simply stop when they want to. For others, it can develop into a habitual behavior that like tobacco use, can be very hard to stop, even when you want to.

If you are looking for help with stopping or cutting down, and you have found it hard to do so in the past, then you may be eligible to take part in a confidential study testing the effects of a structured exercise regime for the management of cannabis withdrawal.

Participation in the study requires that you are prepared to spend 7 days in a hospital detoxification unit and the study is entirely free. You will also be reimbursed. We will provide information, support, and referrals to assist you with achieving abstinence.

To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A regular cannabis user that would like help with stopping or cutting down
  • Prepared to stop smoking and spend 7 days in a hospital inpatient setting
  • Capable of taking part in moderate intensity exercise

For more information and to register your interest please visit www.psych.usyd.edu.au/forms/exercise-study/

Childhood apraxia of speech

Do you have a child with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) or verbal dyspraxia? Children with CAS have speech difficulties which can impact on their literacy, social and academic skills.

Recent research studies have shown that there are different ways a Speech Pathologist can treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

We want to compare two treatments in order to better understand why they work. This study will compare the Rapid Syllable Transitions (ReST) treatment and Ultrasound Biofeedback treatment.

We are looking for children who:

  • Have dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Are 7-16 years of age
  • Have normal or adjusted to normal hearing and vision
  • Australian English as first and primary language.
  • Have no other developmental diagnoses

What does the study involve?

  • Assessment of your child’s speech and language skills
  • Audio and video recording of your child’s speech and language
  • 12 x 1 hour free treatment sessions over 6 weeks
  • 3-4 follow up assessments after treatment

If your child meets these criteria and you would like to be involved, then we would like to hear from you.

Contact
Pippa Evans
Speech Pathologist

+61 2 9351 9713 (Mon, Wed, Fri)

Dr Tricia McCabe
Speech Pathologist

+61 2 9351 9747

Do you suffer painful knee osteoarthritis?

Specialists from Royal North Shore Hospital are conducting a 32-week research study that will observe whether a stepped care treatment program will determine the optimal treatment for persons with medial tibiofemoral OA.

You may be eligible if you: are aged 50 years and over, are overweight or obese, have moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis and are able to travel to RNSH in order to attend the study visits.

The participants will be assigned to one of two treatment groups:
Diet and exercise regime - you will participate in a diet and exercise regime based on the Healthy Weight for Life program.
OA education - you will receive educational pamphlets about OA and will be encouraged to access myjointpain.org.au.

To find out more about this study please contact the research coordinators or , or phone (02) 9463 1893.

Enrolling patients with moderate eczema in new topical clinical trial

Clinicians affiliated with the University of Sydney are conducting a clinical trial with a new cleanser and moisturiser.

This trial is being run at Kogarah.

Participants will have close monitoring of their eczema over a 5 week period with once a week visits scheduled on Saturdays.

Participants must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- have moderate eczema diagnosed by a doctor
- involve large areas of the trunk or limbs

If interested, please email for more information.

Give blood for cardiovascular research

At the Heart Research Institute and the Charles Perkins Centre (University of Sydney), we are studying the processes involved in the formation of blood clots.

A better understanding of how clots form will not only increase our knowledge of blood clot formation in healthy individuals and individuals with cardiovascular disease, but may lead to new preventative and therapeutic drugs for heart attacks and strokes.

Blood donors must be aged 18 – 60 years, and not currently taking anti-clotting or anti-inflammatory medication. These include non-prescription drugs such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen (Nurofen). We accept some individuals unable to give blood at the Red Cross Blood Bank (conditions apply).

Blood will be collected at The Charles Perkins Centre. Participants will receive $10per donation as reimbursement for their travel/parking costs.

For more information, please contact Jessica Lee or phone 8627 4104 (9am – 5pm).

Volunteers needed for a low back pain study

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 five individual consultations of approximately 1/2 hour over a two month period. Please contact Tania Gardner (PhD candidate, Physiotherapist), on 0410 449766 or .

Irritable Bowel Syndrome 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).

People with IBS 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 +61 2 9926 4960.

Chronic Low Back Pain Study

The Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital are undertaking a study aiming to improve the assessment of pain in people with chronic low back pain (CLBP).

People with 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 +61 2 9926 4960.

Does your child have Apraxia?

Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (dyspraxia) have severe speech difficulties which often affect their literacy, social and academic skills. We want to improve treatment for these children. We want to know if a widely used treatment approach is effective in improving the speech of children with childhood apraxia of speech.

We want to know if a widely used treatment approach is effective in improving the speech of children with childhood apraxia of speech.

The study involves an assessment of your child’s speech and language skills, 12 one hour treatment sessions at the clinic conducted by the speech pathologist, and other assessments after treatment - all at no cost to you.

We are looking for children who:

  • Have Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Verbal dyspraxia)
  • Are 3-6 years old
  • Have normal vision and hearing
  • Have no other developmental problems
  • Have one parent who has English as their first language

If you want to know more or are interested in taking part, please contact:

  • , Speech Pathologist
    ph. 9351 9713 (M, W, F)
  • , Speech Pathologist
  • , Speech Pathologist
    ph. 9351 9747

Do you use mobile devices for teaching in health practice settings?

If YES, you are invited to participate in a University of Sydney faculties of health study investigating innovative uses of mobile learning in health practice settings. If you agree to participate, we will ask you 10 initial questions in an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KVW262J

The online survey should take 5 minutes to complete. We may then email you to request further details via face to face, phone or email interview that, if you agree, would take 20-30 minutes at a time convenient for you.

Our aim is to create a shareable, flexible resource to provide case examples and guidance on mobile learning for those teaching in a range of health professions and health settings. The case examples will be showcased on a project website and in journal publications, conference presentations and workshops.

You can choose whether or not you would like to publish your name and contact details with this information. Declining to participate will not affect any aspect of employment or participants’ relationship with the University and participants can withdraw at any time.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our study. If you would like to participate or require further information, please contact Dr Karen Scott on

Do you have high blood sugar?

The Boden Institute is seeking participants for a 12 month trial involving a 6 month weight loss intervention followed by a 6 month weight maintenance phase. The trial will investigate the effect of two dietary supplements: FBCx on cholesterol levels and Compound K on blood sugar levels. Participants will see a dietitian or exercise physiologist at each visit.

The key eligibility criteria are:

  • Males and females aged 18-70
  • BMI 25 (calculate your BMI)
  • Pre diabetes
  • Not taking any glucose lowering medication e.g. Metformin, Diamicron
  • Not taking any lipid lowering medication e.g. Lipitor, Crestor

For more information, contact:
Mackenzie Fong T +61 2 8627 1931 or E
James Gerofi T +61 2 8627 1927 or E

Genetic risks of severe skin reactions in Vietnamese Australians

The Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Royal North Shore Hospital is conducting a study entitled "Genetic risks of severe skin reactions in Vietnamese Australians and the introduction of testing in Vietnam", ref: HREC/15/HAWKE/86

This study involves collection of the following samples from Vietnamese Australians:

  • a small amount of saliva
  • a swab of the inner cheek
  • a small blood sample (less than one teaspoon)

These are collected to look for certain genes that are linked with these severe skin rashes caused by carbamazepine and allopurinol.

Participants will be reimbursed for their time. If you are interested please contact Dr Van Dinh Nguyen PhD candidate at the University of Sydney at or telephone 0451 171 983 or +61 2 9463 1634.

Healthy volunteers for nerve and muscle study

The purpose of this study is to understand the mechanisms underlying neuromuscular disease, with a possibility of improving current treatments. The ForeFront Research Clinic are seeking healthy subjects to compare with patients with nerve injury and degeneration.

If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to undergo a number of non invasive assessments over 2 – 3 hours. The studies will be performed at the Clinic on Level 4 of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

If you are interested in taking participating please contact Eleanor Ramsey

9114 4252

Do you have Chronic Low Back Pain?

Have you noticed that your mood changes when your pain gets worse?

Our research team is exploring the relationship between back pain and mood and trialling a novel treatment approach for people with chronic low back pain.

This trial is combining two therapies known to improve outcomes for people with low back pain; manual therapy (chiropractic or physiotherapy) and cognitive behavioural therapy.

To qualify for this treatment trial you:

  1. Have had low back pain lasting more than 3 months
  2. Can travel to Leichhardt or Frenches Forest in NSW for manual therapy treatment (chiropractic or physiotherapy)
  3. Have access to the internet at home or work
  4. Are able to attend up to 8 weeks for treatment
  5. Are willing to fill in questionnaires at the start and at 6 and 12 month follow ups.

The treatment costs in this 8 week trial are FREE and you will not be reimbursed for your time in this trial.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact lead researcher John Petrozzi 02 9518 0096 or email John on

Do you know someone else who suffers from chronic low back pain?
If so, you could send this information to any friends or family members who suffer from low back pain.

Mobile technology and childhood apraxia of speech

Can a Smartphone Application deliver effective, intensive speech therapy for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech/Dyspraxia?

Children with dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech have speech difficulties which can impact on their literacy, social and academic skills.

Research has shown that intensive treatment and practice is beneficial, however, motivating and engaging children to participate in practice tasks can be challenging. We are looking into the development of an electronic tablet based tool to help children enjoy and complete intensive therapy.

We are looking for children who:

  • Have dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Are 4-12 years of age
  • Understand what is said to them
  • Have normal or adjusted hearing
  • Have normal or adjusted vision
  • Speak English
  • Have no other developmental diagnoses

What does the study involve?

  • Assessment of your child’s speech and language skills
  • Audio and video recording of your child’s speech and language
  • 12 x 1 hour treatment sessions over 3 weeks
  • A questionnaire regarding usability of the tablet
  • 3-4 follow up assessments after treatment
  • No cost

If your child meets these criteria and you would like to be involved, then we would like to hear from you.

Contact
Jacqueline McKechnie
Speech Pathologist

0421 617 858

Dr Tricia McCabe
Speech Pathologist


Associate Professor Kirrie Ballard
Speech Pathologist

Speech characteristics of children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome

We are investigating the speech characteristics of children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS). If your child is aged between 4-12 years old, and has VCFS without cleft lip or palate, you are welcome to participate in our study!

Parents: Your child will undergo a comprehensive speech assessment (up to 1.5 hours). The assessment will be conducted at the Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic (CDTRC) at Lidcombe. There will be no charge for the assessment and you will be reimbursed for travelling expenses.

Please contact Lavinia Teo at or 0424 895 789 or Dr Tricia McCabe at if you would like to participate in this study or have any questions.

Do you have pain and swelling in your knee most days due to osteoarthritis?

Royal North Shore Hospital rheumatologists are looking for people aged from 35 to 74 to test whether a new experimental drug can help your pain and have an effect on the progression of your knee arthritis.

The study would require regular visits to the hospital over a 12 month course.

Participants will be reimbursed up to $50 per visit for travel expenses.

For more information please contact the Study Coordinator, Tanya Fedorova on 02 9463 1774 or

This study has been approved by the Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee, reference: HREC/14/HAWKE/168