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



Learning, experience and satisfaction

Other diseases and conditions

Animal behaviour

Psychology and mental health

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/

Improving the early detection of autism

Are you a parent of a child with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder?
Do you have video recordings of your child when he/she was around 12 months and/or around 24 months old?

Then consider participating in the Social Interaction in Toddler study.
To find out more or if you wish to participate please contact or sign up to the study right now.

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 .

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 .

Mental Health Professionals needed for an online survey

Purpose of research: One in five Australians are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives; however, there is limited research examining the communication of such news at the time of diagnosis. The aim of this study is to understand; 1) health professionals’ perspectives on how to raise and discuss mental health conditions with individuals; and 2) the potential challenges to these conversations.

What is involved? Participants who volunteer to take part in the study are required to be health professionals who routinely deliver news of a mental health diagnosis, or support people directly at the time of diagnosis. An online survey will explore the barriers and facilitators to initially talking about mental health conditions.

How long will the research take? The research would take approximately 30 minutes of your time.

If you are interested in volunteering in this study please sign up or email

The Choice Project

Are you a family member, friend or relative of a person with dementia who died in the previous two years?

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University invite you to participate in an online survey. We are investigating the issues, challenges and processes of providing end of life care for people with dementia. The study will help us better understand the perspectives of family carers (including relatives, friends, neighbours or significant others) concerning the care of their relative or friend with dementia who wished to stay at home until the final stages of their life.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please visit sydney.edu.au/nursing/research/events.

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:
02 8627 4094

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 .

Artistic visualisation of the brainwave of meditators

Seeking participants for a short study of the meditation experience in an interactive environment.

The main aim of the study is visualizing the meditation experience. The brainwave data of meditators and non-meditators will be recorded to aid in the development of a digital artwork displaying creative visualization patterns (based on Buddhism) changing in response to brainwaves. The motivation behind the project is to inspire people of the benefits of meditation in helping to clear their minds and reduce stress.

Each session will take 60 minutes. During the session, participants will have your brainwave data recorded for a 10-minute period. Then they will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about internal experience. If anyone is interested, they can continue to participate in later studies of different prototypes in the series.

This study takes place with in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Please contact Youngdong if you are interested or have any questions anout the project:

T 0424 670 424

Hearing Aid Wearers Needed to Volunteer for Research

This study examines how the need to continually refocus one's listening attention from person to person during a conversation impacts the ability to understand and recall what has been said. The experiment will take 2 to 3 hours and may be completed over one or more visits.

This experiment seeks volunteers who:

  • are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • are native English speakers
  • have a clinical diagnosis of mild to moderate hearing loss
  • and currently wear hearing aids to help with our research.

Participants will receive reimbursement for travel costs. Please email or call (02) 9351 2019 for details.

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
T: +61 2 9114 4204
Daniel O'Doherty
T: +61 2 9351 0714

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder

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

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

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

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

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.

Weight Loss

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 5 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 2 x $50 worth of online grocery shopping vouchers upon study completion as a compensation for the time committed to the study.

If you are interested in finding out more you may either download the ‘Food Label Trial’ app from your smartphone app store, or email the study team on , or call (02)99934500.

Female volunteers needed: Young women, health and weight management

Researchers at the University of Sydney are seeking volunteers to participate in the Young Women, Health and Weight Management study. This study aims to look at weight loss techniques used by young women, and barriers for young women participating in weight loss research programs.

The study involves attendance at a single 1 to 1.5 hour focus group session at one of two Sydney locations of your choice (Camperdown or Lidcombe), Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, or via teleconference. During this session, you will have the opportunity to outline what weight loss techniques have and haven’t worked for you in the past, discuss your attitudes to weight management, and put forward ideas about how to design better weight loss programs for research studies.

We are looking for healthy women who are:

  • 18-35 years
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher*
  • Non-smokers
  • Fluent in English

Eligible participants who complete the study will receive a 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 .

*BMI is your weight (in kg) divided by your height squared (in metres). To calculate your BMI, visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmi-m.htm

What is the most accurate way to estimate portion sizes?

Research investigating how our diet affects our health relies on accurate information about what and how much (portion size) people eat – yet the most accurate way for people to estimate how much they eat is not known!

The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition Exercise & Eating Disorders is seeking participants for a study which compares the accuracy of different ways to estimate portion sizes.
Eligible participants are males and females aged 18-70 years.
If you are interested, please contact .

The PREVIEW Study Australia: Prevention of diabetes through lifestyle intervention

Are you overweight? Do you lose weight but have trouble keeping it off?

If so, you could have ‘pre-diabetes’.

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney is looking for volunteers to take part in a free weight loss and weight maintenance program to help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This international study provides help from dietitians and your medical progress is fully monitored for 3 years.

This is a new approach to weight control without the use of medications.

If you are between the ages of 25 and 70 and would like to be considered please Call or SMS (0434 751 015), Or , or visit our webpage

Travel to work or study in Sydney

Help researchers know more about the health impacts of travelling by public transport compared to by car.

You will be asked to:

  • Perform a standardised trip either by walking, car* or bus from Cumberland Campus to Lidcombe train station
  • Wear small sensors to record physiological and environmental data
  • Perform physiological testing and complete questionnaires

*You must have access to a car and a valid Australian Drivers Licence.

$50 compensation for participation in the study.

For more information contact

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)

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 .


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:

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


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.

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).

Volunteers needed for a sleep comfort study

We are looking for participants in a study on the effect of pillow type on sleep quality and musculoskeletal symptoms.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • are aged between 20-65 years old.
  • are experiencing neck/shoulder muscle pain/stiffness.
  • do not have sleep disorders or leg movement disorders
  • do not have a history of cervicothoracic spine injury, surgery or are currently receiving treatment for neck symptoms.

The study is conducted at the University of Sydney (Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe), and it involves 4 night visits to the sleep laboratory to collect data. Anyone interested should contact Mr Pei-te Huang on 0452 488 288 or for more information and to arrange an appointment.

Learning, experience and satisfaction

National Survey for Activity Promoting Workplaces

Researchers from the Universities of Queensland and Sydney are working with the Heart Foundation to develop strategies for improving workplace health.

We invite workplace managers - specifically, representatives of your organisation with responsibility for employee health - to participate in a survey that examines their views on workplace sitting and physical activity. This could be the general manager, CEO, HR manager, or health and safety manager.

The participant will complete a 10-15 minute online survey which includes questions about: the organisation; the specific workplace, views on activity promoting workplaces; individual physical activity and sitting behaviours; and demographic characteristics

Our report will be based on amalgamated data and neither individuals nor workplaces will be identifiable.

We hope to include the views of as many workplaces as possible, so that the results of this research are broadly applicable to Australian workplaces. Each participant’s name will be entered into a draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers or a presentation at your workplace by one of the research team, valued at $900.

To participate please complete the online survey.

If you have any questions please contact or 02 8627 1839.

Take part in our pioneering Global Health & Wellbeing 2015 Survey

The Global Health & Wellbeing 2015 Survey is a multi-site international study that asks people (16 years and older) across five countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States their views on health and wellbeing in the communities they live.

The aim of the survey is to improve global understanding of health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on men’s health. It will be used to inform policy, research and education programs within the health and mental health sectors across each participating country and the world.

See our YouTube video for a quick snapshot of what it’s all about!

If you’re interested in participating and are 16 years or older, then please complete the survey.

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.

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 .

Do you have an opinion about the food and drinks on campus?

We want to hear what you have to say! We’re giving you the opportunity to shape the food culture at your university. All we need is 10 minutes of your time to tell us what you think. All participants go into a lucky draw for 1 of 6 x $50 Coles Myer gift cards. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey .com. For further details contact or .

Interested in music and exercise?

Do you want an entry into a prize draw for a chance to win a $300 Coles Group & Myer Gift Card or one of eight $50 Coles Group & Myer Gift Cards?

Are you over the age of 13? Do you have a spare 10-15 minutes?

Simply complete our 10-15 minute survey on the use of music during structured and unstructured physical activity for an entry into the prize draw (closes 17:00 AEST Friday 26 June 2015).

Seeking participants from creative areas for workshop on bodily creativity

Do you consider yourself as a creative person? Are you a professional from creative areas such as visual arts, design and others?

Would you like to explore potential new ways to stimulate your creativity?

You are invited to participate in a workshop on Object-oriented Focusing Bodystorming, as part of the research project The Felt Sense Project. This workshop investigates how the body can be as meaningful as the mind to inspire creativity. By means of this study, we will unravel a new design methodology that uses bodily perception as a source of inquiry.

This study involves reflecting on objects from a body/mind perspective. The workshop consist on different activities, such as induction, group exercises in imagery, a brief written report describing the experience (one page) and a brief focus group interview. It's estimated that the entire activity will take approximately 100 minutes.

This research is being conducted by Dr. Lian Loke and PhD Candidate Claudia Nunez-Pacheco. Please contact Claudia at for more information.

Other diseases and conditions

Improving the assessment of pain following spinal cord injury

This study involves one visit to the 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.

Three groups are needed:

  1. People with spinal cord injury (thoracic complete/paraplegia) with nerve pain below their injury 
  2. People with  a thoracic complete spinal cord injury without nerve pain
  3. People with no spinal cord injury or nerve pain (comparison group). In this comparison group we need people 30-65 years old.

We are evaluating whether nerve communication is preserved following spinal cord injury. 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 be more sensitive and objective than the current approach of asking whether cold or heat is felt.

Please contact Alan Wainwright, or Dr Paul Wrigley for more information.

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.

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.

Recent ex-smokers wanted for study into quitting smoking

Did you quit smoking in the past 6 months to 2 years?
Did you quit without having to think a great deal about how you would quit?
Did you find quitting easy, requiring relatively little effort?

We are running an NHMRC-funded study into how smokers quit. We've talked to a lot of people who found quitting difficult, who needed considerable willpower to quit, who invested a lot of thought and effort into quitting.

We're now keen to speak to ex-smokers who found quitting relatively simple, who never really had to make a firm commitment to quit, who may have drifted into being a non-smoker.

If this is you, we'd love to hear from you. Interviews take about 30 minutes and can be in person or by phone. All participants are reimbursed for their time.

Please email or call 0405 622 525 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 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

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

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.

Take part in creating an asthma App designed specifically for your needs

If you are 15 – 19 years old and have been diagnosed with asthma then we would love you to help us develop an App that you may like to use. Asthma Australia has funded Sydney University to develop an Asthma App. The App aims to help those with asthma to achieve good asthma control through problem-solving and self-management using individualised steps and strategies.

What will the study involve for me?
You will be asked to participate in 2 (two) focus groups sessions with about 15 other adolescents with asthma. The focus group sessions will be conducted at the University of Sydney, Camperdown. At the first session you will participate in group discussions and help with the generation of ideas. Following this session our software developers will incorporate your ideas into creating an asthma App.

Once the prototype App is developed you will be contacted to participate in a second focus group session with your group. At this session you will have hands-on use of the prototype App and provide us with feedback as you navigate its features.
Following the second focus group session you will receive a $50 gift voucher.
To be involved visit http://asthmaapp.blogspot.com.au

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. We 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 ForeFront Research Clinic on Level 4 of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

If you are interested in taking participating please contact Eleanor Ramsey

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; chiropractic and cognitive behavioural therapy.

To qualify for this treatment trial you:

  1. Have had low back pain lasting more than 3 months (but not sought treatment within the last 12 weeks)
  2. Can travel to Leichhardt in NSW for chiropractic treatment
  3. Have access to the internet at home or work
  4. Are able to attend up to 8 weeks for chiropractic treatment
  5. Are willing to fill in questionnaires at the start and at 12 month follow up.

You will not be reimbursed for your time in this trial. There are costs associated with the chiropractic treatment component of this study. Private Health fund rebates can be accessed at the time of your trial through HICAPS, therefore requiring only a gap payment.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact 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.

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.

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 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.