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

Weight loss

Cancer

Sleep

Learning, experience and satisfaction

Other diseases and illness

Psychology

Death at Work: Improving Support for Families

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

Personality, Privacy and Motivations for using Instagram

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

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

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

Self-selected music and gambling behaviour

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

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

Study examining thinking styles in young people

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

Children and adolescents aged 8-17 who experience problems with anxiety are needed to participate in a research study. We are also looking for children and adolescents who do not have anxiety problems.

Children will be asked to complete a short interview and a simple sorting task. One parent will also be asked to complete a short telephone interview.

Children will receive a movie voucher for participating in the study. For further information please email or call 0416 890 595


Research on Juvenile Bipolar Disorder - patients and controls needed

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

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

We are looking for both control participants and patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (patient), or do not have any significant medical history (control) and are interested in more information about this study please contact the study co-ordinator by email or phone (02) 9114 4204, or Kate Chitty on (02) 9351 0724 for more information.


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

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

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


Effects of antidepressants on emotional experiences in depression sufferers

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

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

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


Does your social life concern you?

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

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

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


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

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

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


Study of social interactions

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

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

Find out more and register your interest.


Free treatment for men with depressive symptoms and sleeping difficulties

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

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

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

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


Cognitive behavioural study for children with asthma

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

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

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


Weight Loss

Do you need help with diabetes or pre-diabetes?

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

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

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


Health attitudes and behaviour, food perceptions, and attention

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

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

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

If you are interested in participating please contact .


TXT2BFiT: mobile weight management program for young adults

Are you a young adult? Consider the TXT2BFiT study- a health program custom-designed for busy 18-35 year olds. It's free. Researchers in the Human Nutrition department are running a 12-week study at no cost to you. It's Flexible. We know you're busy!

The individually tailored nutrition and physical activity goal-setting intervention works around your schedule. It's run through your mobile phone. Interested? Contact the research officer, Annette Wong, at 9351 3815 or .


Receive free exercise therapy in liver fat study

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

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

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


Volunteers with type 2 diabetes

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

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

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


Could a testosterone boost help you avoid type 2 diabetes?

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

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

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


Cancer

Feedback on a breast cancer rehab survey

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

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

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


Help patients learn more about their cancer treatment options

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Brain-Training for cancer survivors

Are you, or someone you know, a cancer survivor who experiences problems with memory and/or concentration following chemotherapy?

The Survivorship Research Group at the Sydney Cancer Centre and the University of Sydney are conducting a research study evaluating a home based 'brain training programme' in cancer survivors who have noticed changes in their memory, concentration and thinking between 6 and 60 months after chemotherapy.

All participants take part in a telephone session where they are given skills to help manage their cognitive difficulties. Half of the participants will receive the computer programme to be practiced 4x forty minute sessions for 15 weeks (i.e. 40 hours).

Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires and to perform a computer cognition assessment on 3 occasions over a 6 month period. For further information about the study, please contact Michael Kabourakis by phone 9114 0712 or


Sleep

Do you have sleep apnea but can’t use treatment?

Would you like to:

  1. Try losing weight with a supervised diet & exercise program?
  2. Improve your concentration?
  3. Reduce your sleepiness during the day?

The Woolcock Institute is offering a 12 month diet and exercise program for all participants, with half the participants using a new wake-promoting medication, Armodafinil, and the other half, a placebo. For 12 months you will have access to a DIETITIAN, EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST and a SLEEP PROFESSIONAL in a funded clinical trial.

Participation will require a 12 month commitment to a diet and exercise program, use of the tablet-based medication and up to 9 visits to the Woolcock Institute including three overnight sleep studies, consultations and cognitive testing.

For more information please call Julia Chapman on 9114 0449


Can't fall asleep until late at night? Trouble getting up in the morning?

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is conducting a research study investigating the use of melatonin to treat delayed sleep phase disorder.

You may be eligible if you: are aged between 16 and 65 years; work/study 5 or more consecutive days per week, and; are willing to go to bed at a desired bed time for 5 or more nights per week.

The study will involve: monitoring of your sleep-wake behaviour; attending a sleep laboratory for collection of saliva samples; taking either melatonin or placebo for a 4 week period, and; two 30 minute consultations with a Sleep Physician.

To see if you are eligible, please complete our survey. If you would like more information, please email or phone 9114 0236 or through facebook.


Learning, belief and service satisfaction

Australian Alcohol Study

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

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

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

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


International student students from Europe

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

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

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

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


Survey on sexually explicit websites use, attitudes and behaviour

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

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


Sexual Orientation Beliefs Study

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

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

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


Adolescents and a parent or caregiver are needed for study

If you have a son or daughter aged 11-13, then Dr Spring Cooper is interested in what you and your child have to say about HPV vaccination.

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

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

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


Survey about risky play

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

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


Other diseases and illness

Volunteer for the Open Source Malaria consortium

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

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Low Back Pain study

The Pain Management Research Institute and Department of Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital are undertaking a study aiming to improve the assessment of pain in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP). Healthy volunteers and people with IBS or CLBP are invited to take part in a three hour study involving non-invasive testing of sensation. $120 is offered as partial reimbursement for time and travel. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr Paul Wrigley at or call 02 9926 4960.

Do you suffer painful knee osteoarthritis?

Painful knee

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

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

Low back pain PREVENT study

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

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

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


Knee pain research: The ZAP2 Trial

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

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

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


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) pain study requires healthy participants

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

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

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


The 1000 Norms Project

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

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

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

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


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

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


Healthy volunteers for peripheral nerve studies

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

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

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


Research study about Computed Tomography (CT) scan information

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

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

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


Why do people have migraines?

We are seeking volunteers with and without migraine to undergo brain scans (MRI) to measure changes in the brain related to migraine. We are looking for differences between people who have migraines and those who do not. Testing will take approximately 1 hr, and will be conducted at the Brain and Mind Research Institute on Mallett St, Camperdown. Your involvement will help us better understand migraine and to design effective treatments for people with migraine. If you are interested in taking part in the study, whether or not you have migraines, or seek further information, please contact:


Seeking Women with and without Endometriosis

Are you a woman aged between 18 and 49 years? Endometriosis is a troublesome, gynaecological condition affecting women of reproductive age. Pelvic pain, often debilitating, is the most common symptom.

The Queen Elizabeth II and Kolling Research Institutes are investigating how endometriosis produces such severe pain by ascertaining whether women with endometriosis are more sensitive to pain compared to women without endometriosis.

We are seeking women with and without endometriosis to participate in a 3-hour laboratory visit for non-invasive testing of skin sensations and questionnaires.

Please contact for further information. Partial reimbursement for time is offered.


Owners of Labradors & Golden Retrievers

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

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

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


Low back pain studies

Acute: Are you currently suffering an acute episode of low back pain?
Using established clinical tests, we will ascertain mechanisms of LBP by investigating whether there are differences in the sensation of warmth and cold in patients with acute LBP compared with people without LBP.

The testing will comprise one visit to the laboratory taking between 60 and 75 minutes. We will perform several well established tests to assess your sensory perception of warmth and cold.

We will offer a reimbursement of $30 (time and travel expenses). For further information please contact Dr Markus Huebscher.

Chronic: Participants are required for a study on patient-centred care for chronic low back pain.
Have you experienced chronic low back pain for three 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 research study being conducted at the University on Patient-centred care for Chronic Low Back Pain involves five in-person individual consultations of approximately half an hour over a two-month period.

Please contact from the Faculty of Health Sciences on 0410 449 766.