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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 30 May 2016


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UQ Teaching and Learning Awards Expressions of Interest Open

Are you committed to quality teaching? The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) invites all teachers to consider their contributions to teaching and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for UQ's Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE), Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL).

ATE give recognition to individuals and teams renowned for excellence in teaching and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at UQ. APEL recognise and reward learning and teaching support projects, teams and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. COCSL recognise and reward individuals or teams who make a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, who are widely acknowledged for their achievements within a Faculty or the wider University community, and who have received strong endorsement within their area.

Application guidelines, templates and important dates are available on the ITaLI website. EOIs are due by Wednesday 29 June. Please direct all queries to teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.









Donate blood at UQ

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service mobile donor centre is returning to St Lucia (outside the Forgan Smith Building, University Drive) at the following times:

  • Monday 30 May – 8am–3pm
  • Tuesday 31 May – 10am–5pm
  • Wednesday 1 June – 10am–5pm
  • Thursday 2 June – 11am–6pm
  • Friday 3 June – 8am–3pm
  • Monday 6 June – 8am–3pm
  • Tuesday 7 June – 10am–5pm
  • Thursday 9 June – 12pm–7pm

One in three Australians will need blood, but only one in 30 donates. Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, mothers-to-be and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients.

Contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 to make an appointment.


ITaLI searching for UQ Higher Education Academy Fellows

ITaLI is currently seeking to connect with UQ staff who hold a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship. The Institute is interested in facilitating a network of HEA Fellows at UQ. This network will support UQ staff seeking to submit portfolios to the HEA Fellowship scheme. If you hold a HEA Fellowship, ITaLI would like to acknowledge your expertise and discuss the potential for your collaboration in mentoring aspiring Fellows. Please contact the ITaLI team at teaching.awards@uq.edu.au to provide your details and receive further information on how to be involved. 

Director of Learning position: King's College

King's College currently has a full-time permanet position for a Director of Learning. The Director of Learning is responsible for directing the learning team (resident and non-resident tutors), overseeing THE academic performance of all Kingsmen and supporting students in their search for employment. Further information about the position may be found here. Applications close on Monday 30 May. Written applications should be addressed to: Master and Chief Executive, King’s College, Upland Rd, St Lucia QLD 4067. 

Event Road Closure Notification: Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Sir William Macgregor Drive Closure

Due to the 2016 Brisbane Times City2South running event scheduled on Sunday 5 June, road closures will be in place on Sunday 5 June from 4am–10.30am.

Sir William Macgregor Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4am–10.30am. The roads will be closed from Brisbane CBD into Sir Fred Schonell Drive and from the roundabout at Sir William Macgregor Drive and Campbell Road through to the intersection of Sir William Macgregor Drive and Thynne Road. Thynne Road, College Road and Chancellor’s Place will be unaffected by this closure.

Please avoid parking along this route, as no access will be permitted in or out of Sir William Macgregor Drive from 4am–10:30am. Marshals and police will be controlling traffic during the event.

An alternative entry route is in place to allow access to the University during the closures via Chancellor’s Place. UQ Security will be managing traffic and pedestrian access at the Slip Road/Mill Road thoroughfare until roads re-open at 10.30am. Access to all Colleges on Sir William Macgregor Drive via the southern entrance of the University off Upland Road, will remain unaffected including the Chancellor’s Place and Staff House Road precincts.

For event information, refer to the City2South website. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. Contact the event manager Daniel Toscano at Fairfax Media, with any concerns you may have.

$10,000 fellowships for creators to access special collections in university libraries

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) invite applications for the 2016 CAUL/ASA Fellowships. The goal of the fellowships is to showcase university libraries’ special collections by providing Australian creators with an opportunity to undertake inspiring projects using these collections. Two $10,000 fellowships are available in non-salary funding for visiting artists, authors, scholars and researchers working on projects related to the collections. Applications close Tuesday 14 June. For more information, click here or email cpo@caul.edu.au.

Office 365 Suite: Free for staff and students at home

ITS is pleased to announce that staff and students can now download the Office suite on their personal devices. The software can be installed on multiple devices and operating systems, including smartphones. For information, students click here and staff click here, or email help@its.uq.edu.au

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Ambassador Dr Mark Higgie on Australia's Relations with the EU

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend this special public lecture delivered by His Excellency Dr Mark Higgie, Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO. The lecture will be held on Thursday 2 June from 12.15pm–1.15pm in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, click here.

GCI Seminar

Professor Geoffrey Lawrence will present a seminar on "Geopolitics and Food Security Challenges for the 21st Century". The seminar will discuss how the unquestioned macro-processes of globalisation, neoliberalism and financialisation have shaped the evolution of farming, food access and diets, and poses challenges for future food security. The seminar will be held on Thursday 2 June from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan

Telehealth forum: South Brisbane PHN

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth is hosting a presentation by Simon James, CEO, and Tracey De Angelis, General Manager Commissioning, Brisbane South Primary Health Network. Attend to hear about Brisbane South PHN’s increasing use of digital health initiatives on Friday 3 June from 11am–12pm, followed by a light lunch, in TRI Seminar Room 2007, PA Hospital. No formal registration is required. For more information, click here or contact Dominique Bird.  

School of Languages and Cultures research seminar

Dr Hua Li, from Beijing Language and Culture University will present a seminar on "Genre Effect on Syntactic Complexity, Fluency, and Accuracy in CSL Writing". The seminar will be held on Friday 3 June from 12pm in Room 208, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or email events@languages-cultures.uq.edu.au.

Virtually dive with GCI on World Oceans Day

To celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8 June, the Global Change Institute will have a number of Google Cardboard goggles available for UQ staff and students to go on a virtual dive. Google Cardboard is a complete virtual reality platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for smartphones. Through the XL Catlin project, GCI researchers have been creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree vision. The stereoscopic underwater imagery taken will be used to take participants on a virtual tour of the beautiful underwater world we have surveyed. There is no need to register, just turn up to the GCI Atrium and have a dive. For more information, click here.

Saving van Gogh with science

Custodians of the world’s greatest artworks are turning to scientific and engineering techniques to understand how they were made and how to preserve them for future generations. In collaboration with the van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, UQ's Professor John Drennan has put van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" under the microscope, using high-resolution 3D imaging to discover the materials used and how they are likely to change over time. Join Professor Drennan and Professor Andrew McNamara, Head of Visual Arts at QUT, as they reveal some of the master’s secrets and how other masterpieces will benefit from this unusual marriage of art and science. The exhibition will be held on Wednesday 8 June from 5.15pm–7pm in the Queensland Museum Auditorium. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

UQEI Energy Express Seminar

The UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series is designed to provide a monthly forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. In this seminar Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will share his views on "The real work is just beginning - the issues international climate policy is facing 'post-Paris' to make the Paris Agreement a success". The seminar will be held on Tuesday 14 June from 6pm–7pm in the GHD Auditorium, followed by light refreshments until 8pm. RSVP with any dietary requirements by Friday 10 June. For more information email uqenergy@uq.edu.au.

Other upcoming events 

Transforming Assessment online seminar: Adaptive Comparative Judgement for online grading of project-based assessment (01.06.2016)

HMNS Seminar 2016 : The pros and cons of tendon compliance: maximising human performance vs minimising injury (03.06.2016)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles that mention UQ. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

  2. If you are a Marketing or Communications staff member, you may be able to arrange access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Green Labs representative training

The next Green Labs representative training session will take place on Thursday 9 June from 2pm–4 pm. The session is designed for laboratory professionals who are participating in the Green Labs program, and will cover the following information:

  • An introduction to the Green Labs program
  • Resources available for Green Labs representatives
  • Ongoing training and support for Green Labs representatives
  • How to undertake a Green Labs audit.

You can enrol online here. For more information about the Green Labs program, visit the Sustainability website or email greenlabs@pf.uq.edu.au.

New Green Office study offers energy-saving tips

Earlier this month, Information Access Services assisted the Green Office program with undertaking a study on the energy use of various appliances in their office. The data presented some interesting results that can serve as a benchmark for office areas across UQ. It’s a useful reminder that making small changes – like turning off a wall monitor or changing the settings on a boiler – can yield big energy savings and contribute to reducing UQ’s carbon emissions. For more information about the Green Office program, visit the Sustainability website.

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College canine cuddles

Did you know that dogs help you to feel calm and relieve stress? RSPCA Qld are coming to visit St Leo's and bringing adorable dogs and cuddly puppies. From 10am–1pm on Thursday 2 June you can cuddle a canine at St Leo's College. Bring a gold coin donation and enjoy a sausage sizzle to raise funds for the RSPCA. Guaranteed to turn around a ruff day. For more information click here or contact Shona Clayton.

Touch Ensemble: the UQ iPad ensemble

On Tuesday 31 May at 1pm at the School of Music, UQ's first iPad ensemble will perform original works and interpretations of compositions by John Cage and The Knife. Established by Dr Eve Klein, and directed by Dr Chris Perren, the ensemble of UQ students explores the possibilities of mobile digital music making. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au

The Instant Music Company

The Instant Music Company, comprising of UQ musicians, will present a collective improvisation based on intensive rehearsals of discovery responsiveness. Directed by composer Dr Robert Davidson, the ensemble will perform new works composed immediately prior to the concert. The concert will be held on Thursday 2 June from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. Entry is free, and all are welcome. For more information, click here email concerts@uq.edu.au

New at Main Course

Main Course has introduced new snack packs available all day for just $4.95. There are three options to choose from, including whiting and chips, chicken bites and chips and "fishless" fish and chips (vegetarian). For more information, click here.

Adult autism spectrum group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship twice a month. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Tinaroo HPC applications training​

The Research Computing Centre is hosting a training course for those who wish to use Tinaroo, UQ’s newest high performance computer. The course is for those compiling and running applications based on shared memory (multi-core) and/or message passing (multi-node) HPC paradigms. It is specifically targeted at getting codes running well on Tinaroo. The course will be held from Monday 6–Thursday 9 June in Room R505A, Axon Building. For more information, click here

Register now: Teaching Innovation Grants "pitch your idea" sessions

Do you have an idea for an initiative to enhance the student experience? Want to apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant? The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is providing an opportunity for you to "pitch your idea" to a wide audience to receive valuable feedback and advice on your project design prior to submitting an application. Each "pitch" is allocated 15 minutes, comprising a five-minute presentation on the rationale of the project and proposed approach followed by 10 minutes of feedback. Sessions will be held on Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Monday 13 June. Places are limited. To secure your place, register here.

UQ active learning tools workshop

This course will introduce participants to the student response systems UQpoll, UQwordcloud, UQwordstream and Padlet. Participants will develop their understanding on the different ways the tools can be used to engage students in lectures and tutorials. To register for the Wednesday 25 May or Thursday 16 June workshops, visit the Staff Development website

AMSI Winter School on biological and environmental modelling

This year’s theme for the annual Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Winter School, to be held from Monday 4 July–Friday 15 July, is Biological and Environmental Modelling. In the twenty-first century, modelling is a crucial research tool for studying complex phenomena and processes. Our impressive line-up of speakers will build your knowledge of models, algorithms, and theoretical analysis tools, and bring you up to speed on a range of topical applications, from molecular biology through to ecosystems analysis. The School is designed for postgraduate students, and ECRs in the mathematical sciences and cognate disciplines, specifically in biological or environmental modelling, are encouraged to attend. For more information, click here or contact Andree Phillips.

UQ staff discount on designing strategy for results

This course demonstrates how two leading-edge concepts – Value Logic and Strategy as Design – contribute to good strategy. Together, these concepts enable the Business Model View, a framework for results-driven strategy. Participants in this course will also have the option of a half-day or one-day "strategic review" of their own organisation’s strategy with the course facilitators as a separate follow up exercise. The course will be held from Monday 22 August–Tuesday 23 August at UQ Business School Executive Venue. UQ Staff are eligible for a 20 per cent discount on this course. To learn more or to register, click here.

Staff development update

eLearning workshops

ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2016. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Learn.UQ Basics – Tuesday 31 May, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams – Thursday 9 June, St Lucia
  • Turnitin – Friday 10 June, St Lucia
  • Grade Centre – Monday 13 June, St Lucia
  • UQ Active learning tools – Thursday 16 June, St Lucia

MFSAS: statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

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How depression affects the processing of another’s emotion?

Researchers from School of Psychology are looking for volunteers aged 18–45 who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder to participate in a brain-imaging study on emotions. This two-session study is conducted at UQ St Lucia campus, with the first session being an interview (one hour), and the second session will involving watching videos while your brain activity is recorded by the MRI scanner (approximately one hour inside scanner, one hour for preparation and debriefing). Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour and can get a copy of images of their brain scan. Details: Yuan Cao.

Work-family conflict: the influence of parental guilt and self-compassion

Parents of children aged 2–12 years, who work outside of the family home at least one day per week, are sought to complete an anonymous on-line survey exploring the association between work-family conflict, parental guilt and self-compassion. The survey will take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete. Details: complete the survey or contact Katrina O'Connor.

People with low back pain needed for brain and back pain study

Volunteers aged 18–65 years with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at St Lucia Therapies Building on two occasions. The laboratory visit will take approximately three hours and will involve a series of experiments designed to measure your back muscle and brain activity. Participants will be eligible for reimbursement of their time. Details: Liba Sheeran.

Low back pain? Earn a free fitbit

Adults aged 18–50 who have low back pain are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep experiencing back pain after suffering an initial episode of low back pain. The study consists of monitoring daily variation in pain, sleep and body movement for 28 consecutive days. For successful completion of the study the participants will receive a fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits.

Spine and shoulder posture study

Volunteers aged 18–70 who have had neck pain in the last three months or more are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Tourism eco-label perception and tourists' hotel purchase behaviour

Participants aged 18+ with either domestic travel experience or travelling experience specifically to the Sunshine Coast are sought for an online-based survey. This survey aims to explore people's perceptions of eco-labels and evaluate their preference on eco-labelled hotels. The average completion time is around 10 minutes. Participants will go in the draw to win one of two $50 hotel vouchers. Details: complete the survey or contact Beile Zhang.

Soccer players with hip pain

Volunteers aged 18–50 are invited to participate in a study investigating hip pain in a population of soccer players. To be eligible you must be a current soccer player, who suffers from hip/groin pain (>six months duration), and is not currently receiving treatment. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake a three and a-half-hour physical testing session at the St Lucia campus as well as complete online questionnaires and undertake an MRI and x-rays of their hips. The radiological imaging will be performed at no cost and all participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 Coles-Myer gift voucher. Details: click here or contact Peter Lawrenson.

HIV testing experiences and preferences

Researchers are seeking gay, bisexual, trans men or other men who have sex with men, aged 18+ and living in Queensland, to participate in a T2TQ study exploring the experiences of people testing for HIV in Queensland. Complete our online anonymous survey and/or join a two-hour group discussion in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton or Cairns where participants will be reimbursed with a $50 gift card. Details: click here or contact Kate Bath.

Neck pain and brain changes

Adults aged 18–55 years who are suffering from neck pain are sought to investigate how neck pain changes the brain. The study involves one three-hour session using EMG electrodes on neck muscles and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to map the representation of your neck muscles in the brain. Participants will receive $50 reimbursement at the end of EMG data collection. Details: Edith Elgueta.

3D spinal posture study

Male volunteers aged 30–80 who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will be required for a single two hour session and will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Why do people keep hurting their backs?

Recently hurt your back? If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Adults aged 18–50 who have experienced back pain in the past week are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep hurting their backs after suffering an initial episode of back pain. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.

Brain rhythms and plasticity

Healthy right-handed participants aged 18–35 with no history of neurological issues are sought for a study investigating the interaction between brain rhythms and plasticity. It involves two sessions, each about two hours in duration at the Queensland Brain Institute. The study would involve painlessly and safely stimulating your brain with non-invasive brain stimulation and recording brain activity with EEG. Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour for their time. Details: Martin Sale.

Retired or about to retire?

Adults who have retired or are approaching retirement are sought to take part in an online research study looking at the role that social networks make to retirement adjustment and well-being. Participation will involve answering some questions about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships, and sources of support and wellbeing. For those approaching retirement, click here. For those already retired, click here. Details: Contact Polly Fong or Professor Catherine Haslam

Improving the wellbeing of people who have cared for someone with a blood cancer

Carers aged 18+ are invited to participate in a free wellbeing program. Evidence supports that walking, along with learning resilience and coping skills, assists people to improve psychological wellbeing and quality of life. Participation is free, and will include attending a resilience training and supportive walking group for 12 weeks. The program starts in July, with two sessions per week. Details: Vanessa Allen.

Emotion processing study

Adults aged 18–40 are invited to take part in a research project looking at emotion processing. Participation involves some computer tasks related to emotion and language, as well as a short questionnaire to determine if emotion processing is related to social behaviours. The session will take approximately two hours, and all participants will go in the draw to win one of two $50 Westfield vouchers. Details: Melina West

Neck pain laterality study

Volunteers with and without neck pain aged 18–65 are sought to participate in a study into neck movement, control and sensations, as well as factors associated with laterality judgment. The study will take approximately 45 minutes and will involve online and iPhone app tests of laterality in addition to a number of other non-invasive tests looking at factors such as balance and head and eye movement control and sensation. Details: Mikaela Lynch.



People without low back pain needed

Healthy men and women aged 18–60 without low back pain are urgently needed for a control study. Study involves participants lying down for an hour and then sitting up for an hour whilst receiving mild electrotherapy for analysis. Two separate sessions are needed, with the first session taking approximately three hours and the second session taking two hours. Session times are flexible. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles/Myer gift card. Details: Christian Than.

Seeking volunteers with knee pain

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–40 years who have experienced pain around the front of their knee for at least six weeks. This study will investigate balance performance, and the immediate effects of different shoe inserts on balance. Participants will be required to attend one testing session of approximately two hours at St Lucia. Questionnaires will be completed, as well as tests of foot and ankle mobility. Various balance tests will be performed under different shoe and insert conditions. Details: Dr Natalie Collins (3346 7751).

Healthy volunteers for muscles strength and balance test

Volunteers aged 18–35 years with no history of lower limb injury are needed for a study investigating lower limb strength and balance. Testing will take approximately two and a-half-hours and will be conducted in Building 84A, St Lucia. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj.  

Relationships between vision and neck complaints

Volunteers suffering from neck pain or a whiplash injury are sought for a study to understand more about the relationship between neck pain, vision and eye movement control. This research involves filling out simple questionnaires and participating in two non-invasive tests analysing your eye movements when following different objects. The whole testing procedure will take a maximum of 45 minutes. Participants will receive a thank-you gift and feedback on their performance. Details: email phoebe.giffard@uqconnect.edu.au or laura.daly@uqconnect.edu.au.

Tech, tots and bots: children's learning from interactive technologies

Children aged 22–24 months are sought for a study on how children learn from technology. This study will investigate whether or not children can learn to complete a sequence of actions to build a toy from one of three different sources of instruction: a social robot, a touch-screen tablet or a human. It has previously been found that young children can learn how to build these toys by watching an adult demonstrate the steps, but they learn less well when the same actions are presented through video. Your child will receive a certificate and small gift for participating. Details: complete the survey or contact Kristyn Hensby.

Strain distribution of the patellar (knee) tendon

Participants aged 18–35 with no history of lower limb pain or injury that required treatment or time off work/sport are sought for a study investigating stiffness of the patellar tendon at varying knee angles. Participants will sit relaxed and supported in a chair that moves their leg to different knee joint angles. During testing we will use ultrasound to image the patellar tendon (which is situated at the knee joint). Participants will also be asked to perform maximum voluntary contractions of their upper leg muscles. All testing is non-invasive and pain-free. Details: Brandon Ziegenfuss.

Free exercise training

Researchers are currently seeking volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study here at UQ. You will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: click here or contact Trishan Gajanand.

Childhood memory and brain development

Healthy, right-handed children in grades 5 and 6 are sought for a neuroimaging experiment at the Centre for Advanced Imaging. This study involves a 45-minute fMRI scan and a 45-minute pen-and-paper session. This study will assess brain activity underlying memory retrieval and storage in children, and explore how this changes throughout development. Participants will be reimbursed $30. Details: click here or contact Sam Fynes-Clinton.

Energy metabolism research

Researchers are seeking healthy participants aged 18+ with a BMI ≥ 30kg/m2.You can calculate your BMI here. The aim of this study is to investigate whether people with different BMI ranges have different chemical profiles in blood and urine. Participation takes place at QML Pathology, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba, and includes a lifestyle questionnaire and donation of 10mL of blood and 50mL of urine. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles giftcard. Details: Helen Won

Meaning in the brain

Right-handed, native English speakers aged 20–35 are sought for a neuroimaging study to identify the semantic networks supporting meaning in the healthy brain. Participants must have learned English as their first and only language before the age of four, and have acquired any second language after the age of four. The experiment takes 60 minutes and includes a fMRI scan and two short questionnaires. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: contact Dr Lars Marstaller or visit brainyresearch.com.

Do pregnant women and mothers of young infants process faces differently?

The Early Cognitive Development Centre is running a study looking at how pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers perceive faces and how this might differ to women who have never had children. Participants will be required to complete a short questionnaire, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Details: complete the questionnaire or contact Siobhan Kennedy

Healthy volunteers needed for brown fat research

Healthy volunteers aged 18–40 years, with a BMI of less than 30, who are not taking any medications (except for the contraceptive pill) and are not pregnant are needed for a study that investigates regulators of brown fat in humans. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and is protective against obesity. Active brown fat lights up “hot” on special scans. Participants will need to take study medication (which has effect on a hormone) and a placebo (sugar pill) for two weeks each, and have scans, metabolic studies and blood tests. The study will be conducted over four, four-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement of $160, snacks and drinks will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar or Venita Bali.

Pain and motor learning

Healthy volunteers aged 18–50 who do not have any painful disorders in their dominant arm or shoulder are sought to participate in a study investigating the impact of pain in the ability to learn a new motor task. Participants will perform arm-reaching movements using a robotic device, and may have pain temporarily induced in the shoulder muscle for approximately five minutes. The study will take approximately one hour at the St Lucia campus, and participants will be compensated $15 for their time. Details: Sauro Salomoni.

Recent whiplash injury? Take part in Recover's MRI study

Recover Injury Research Centre (formerly known as CONROD) is conducting a study that aims to better understand the development of structural and functional brain changes in the transition from acute to chronic pain following whiplash injury. The research team would like to speak to people who have experienced a whiplash injury approximately three months ago, who have recovered, or are still experiencing pain. Participants will be required to undergo a brain MRI. Details: click here or contact Dr Ashley Smith.

Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?

Healthy office workers aged 18+ with no prior experience using a stand-up desk are sought to participate in a study evaluating the health effects of using a sit-stand workstation. Eligible participants will receive a standing workstation and possible allocation to an exercise program for four weeks. An activity monitor will also be worn to measure physical activity. Details:  Alyssa Welch. 

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