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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 19 June 2017


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Would you like to nominate someone for an Honorary Award?

All staff and students are invited to submit a nomination for one of the following honorary awards:

  • Honorary Doctorate
  • UQ Fellowship
  • Distinguished Service Medal.

The Nomination Form should be completed and returned to John Montgomery, the Secretary of the Honorary Awards Committee, by Friday 14 July.









Bus Travel Benefit

Under UQ’s salary packaging arrangements, travelling to work by bus can now be cheaper by accessing the new TransLink go Bus Travel Benefit card. The card works the same as a go card but enables you to salary package the cost of your bus travel to and from work. UQ, in partnership with RemServ and SmartSalary, is providing information sessions this week.

You can register for a session, or find out more about salary packaging, by visiting UQ Salary Packaging.

New CellOPark casual parking system: important dates

CellOPark for casual parking payments is nearly here. If you park in a casual parking zone at UQ St Lucia, here are some things you need to know:

  • Monday 10 July: CellOPark app goes live. Register now.
  • Monday 10 July: coloured parking zones will be introduced as part of the new payment system; refer to FAQs for information on the colours and what they mean.
  • Monday 10 July: level 3 of the Conifer Knoll Carpark will become a casual carpark restricted to UQ staff. To park in this zone, staff will be required to enter their UQ username or employee number for validation and pay for parking via the CellOPark app.
  • Monday 31 July: pay by plate machines will be available for use at the St Lucia campus. For locations, refer to the parking map.
  • Friday 1 September: pay and display machines will no longer be available.

Property and Facilities are also working hard to bring you the new improved permit system. Keep an eye out for updates from early July.

More information is available from the CellOPark website, the Property and Facilities website, or from PF Assist on 3365 2222 or email pfassist@pf.uq.edu.au

UQU reusable coffee cups

Did you know UQU outlets sell stylish and environmentally friendly alternatives to disposable cups? Simply purchase a UQU keep cup from Darwin's, Physiol, or On a Roll Bakery and get a 20c discount on all future refills. Be part of the sustainability solution and grab a reusable UQU cup on your next coffee run.

Food trucks at St Lucia campus

UQ has engaged food trucks to make food more readily available to students during the SWOTVAC and exam period across four locations: Mansfield Place, the Great Court, Duhig North Lawn and the Lakes Walkway Promenade. From 10am–4pm, treats include crepes, popcorn and ice-creams. From 5–10pm, the focus switches to meals, with banh mi, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, Portuguese and rice bowls on offer, and $2 coffees from Bar Merlo. The food trucks are funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee and provide subsidised prices for UQ students who show their ID card. Non-students are welcome to purchase food from the trucks, but will pay full price. For more information about the food truck initiative, contact the P&F Property team or follow the UQ Food Instagram.

Food for thought: have your say in UQ’s food feedback survey

Have you had a great or not-so-great meal at one of UQ’s campus food outlets that you think we should know about? Do you buy one of the 10,000 coffees that are sold at UQ every day? We want to hear from you. Complete the UQ Food survey to report back on how much you love (or don’t) what UQ’s food outlets have to offer, make suggestions, or say thanks to your regular barista or food haunt for their exceptional service. Your say will help us to improve the food and beverage options available at UQ.

MEDIAWARx: Global Media, War and Technology MOOC

In UQ’s latest MOOC on edX, Dr Sebastian Kaempf from the School of Political Science and International Studies explores the 21st century intersection between media and war through the eyes of those waging it today, and those designing it for tomorrow. Learn how global media, information technology, and government surveillance are remaking the battlefield across the screens of your television, laptop and phone. The MOOC commences on Tuesday 4 JulySign up now for free.

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QAAFI Seminar: GRDC Dr Steve Jefferies

GRDC's Managing Director, Dr Steve Jefferies, will present a QAAFI Science Seminar on 'The Future of Grain R&D in Australia'. This seminar will take place on Tuesday 20 June from 12–1pm at the Auditorium, level 3, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the QAAFI website.

We need to talk about... how to respond to terrorism

Following the recent wave of terrorism in Manchester, London and Melbourne, join UQ School of Social Science counter-terrorism expert, Associate Professor Adrian Cherney as we discuss how to prevent terrorism. As the fear barometer rises, what are authorities in Australia doing to cope with the threat of violent extremism? ‘We need to talk about ...’ is an informal conversation series with brilliant people about urgent topics in art, politics and the news. Ask questions you’d like answered, turn up to talk, or simply to listen. The event is free and all are welcome. BYO lunch. This event will take place on Tuesday 20 June from 12–1pm at the UQ Art Museum Foyer. For more information, contact Nicola Garrett.

Professor Johannes A. Lercher: Lessons from enzymes seminar

Professor Johannes Lercher from the Department of Chemistry, Technische Universität München, Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present a talk titled 'Lessons from enzymes – On the role of steric constraints and chemical environments for catalysis'. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 21 June from 2–3pm in the AIBN level 1 Seminar room, building 75, St Lucia. For more information email reception@aibn.uq.edu.au.

IMB Seminar Series: Dr Sónia Troeira Henriques and Dr Tae Gyu Oh

Staff are invited to join the IMB Seminar Series with Dr Sónia Troeira Henriques, IMB Fellow and ARC Future Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, presenting 'Redesigned spider toxin with antimicrobial, anticancer and cell penetration properties' and Dr Tae Gyu Oh, Research Officer, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, presenting 'Elucidating the roles of nuclear hormone receptor and epigenetic signalling in breast cancer'. The seminar will be held on Friday 23 June from 12.30pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct, building 80, auditorium, UQ St Lucia. For more information, contact imbevents@uq.edu.au.

Publishing your data in UQ eSpace

Publishing your research data has never been easier. Researchers are invited to attend a Library-run workshop on how to create a record in UQ eSpace. You'll be guided through the process step-by-step. The record can be for the datasets underpinning one or more of your publications, or for research data you wish to be archived. Options for open access, mediated access and embargoes will be explained. This workshop will take place on Tuesday 27 June from 3–4pm at eZone 1, level 1, Duhig building, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the UQ Library website.

KIDtastic@ UQ Art Museum

Join the UQ Art Museum for a day full of specially themed activities related to our latest exhibition 'New Alchemists'. Activities for children aged between two and five years will be on offer from 10am, followed by a BYO picnic lunch on the lawn with games and free face painting from 11.30am–12.30pm. The afternoon will feature activities for children aged between six and 12 years. This event will be held on Thursday 29 June from 10am–3pm at the UQ Art Museum. Entry is free, however registration is required as places are limited. Please RSVP via the UQ Art Museum event page, or contact Nicola Garrett.

Taking care of yourself – why it’s a crucial step to being a good parent

DTC, UQ's employee assistance provider, is offering staff the opportunity to attend a free webinar on parenting strategies. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of self-care for you, your family and your workplace, and gain practical strategies to help you find more time and motivation for self-care, then join the upcoming webinar, entitled 'Taking care of yourself – why it’s a crucial step to being a good parent'. The webinar will take place on Thursday 29 June from 1–2pm AEST. Register for the webinar here, or contact Felicity Couperthwaite for more information. 

The BA Conference: call for abstracts

Staff are invited to engage with this free event by submitting an abstract for a paper, poster, workshop, or creative work that addresses one of the sub-themes. The event is open to all HASS teachers, leaders, researchers, practitioners and students – with no registration charge. Please use the MS Word template here to develop a 300-word proposal to be included in the conference program. The BA Conference will be held at The University of Queensland on 25–26 SeptemberVisit the HASS Futures website to learn more, or submit your proposal by Friday 30 June to Deanne Gannaway.

2017 Water Forum

Stakeholders are invited to attend the 2017 UQ Water Forum, showcasing UQ water research and expertise and fostering collaboration within UQ and beyond on water research. The forum helps to translate UQ's water-related scientific research to external stakeholders. The forum will include panel sessions on:

  • Water security for productive economies
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Water and smart cities
  • Water security and climate resilience
  • Creating water champions: from research to adoption.

The forum will take place on 4–5 July at level 2, Global Change Institute, building 20, UQ St Lucia. Sessions will run from 12–4.30pm on Tuesday 4 July, and from 8.30am–4.30pm on Wednesday 5 July. For more information and to register, visit the 2017 Water Forum website.

Challenge of Change lecture with The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy, will present a special lecture on 'The Challenge of Change In Energy Markets'. The Challenge of Change lecture is designed to challenge conventional thinking, question current policy, and address the greatest environmental and sustainability issues facing humanity today. This lecture will be held on Wednesday 12 July from 5.30–7pm in the Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, building 23, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the GCI website.

Looking to brush up on your grammar skills?

'Understanding English Grammar' classes at UQ's Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education are for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of English grammar and are taught by highly experienced teachers. In this course, you will participate in a range of practical and interactive activities to help you improve your English grammar skills. Register for our upcoming course from 17–21 July

UQ ChangeMakers with guest speaker Andrew Liveris AO

Andrew Liveris AO, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, will join UQ and Brisbane’s business community for an engaging conversation on how Australia can improve its competitiveness globally, including consideration of sustainable-energy policies and the importance of STEM education to a knowledge-based economy.

This event will be held on Friday 21 July, 12pm for 12.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills. Tickets are selling fast. For more information, visit the UQ ChangeMakers website.

2016 Census Data Seminar: Brisbane

Find out what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities, and Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics, together with the Institute for Social Science Research and Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), invite data enthusiasts to the Brisbane 2016 Census data release seminar. Seminars will include a 45-minute overview of 2016 Census results, key findings specific to the seminar locations, and methods of understanding Census data. An afternoon and an evening seminar are available on Monday 14 August. For more information and to register, visit the ABS event page.

UQ staff discount on New Leader 

Today’s leaders must navigate a unique set of cultural, social, and economic forces. Leaders need to be in touch with technological advances and interchanging worldviews, as well as shifting workplace structures, demographics and expectations, to stay ahead of the competition. New Leader is for supervisors, managers or team leaders who are looking to develop or build on their essential leadership skills and knowledge. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. Register for our upcoming course from 23–24 August, or email execed@business.uq.edu.au for more information. 

Westpac Research Fellowship Applications now open

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation's Research Fellowship is now accepting applications from early career researchers who were awarded a PhD between 1 September 2011 and 1 September 2014. Fellowships will be granted for work in one or more of the priority focus areas of technology and innovation, strengthening Australia–Asia ties and enabling positive social change. Information about the Fellowship and application guidelines can be found here. Candidates interested in applying should contact the UQR&I Fellowship team at fellowshipgrants@research.uq.edu.au.

Science of Learning: research to reality

The Science of Learning Research Centre is hosting the 'Science of Learning: research to reality' conference. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Professor Andrew Meltzoff (University of Washington), Associate Professor Paul Dux (The University of Queensland), and Professor John Hattie (University of Melbourne). The first two days of the conference will be research focused. The conference will culminate on the third day with a public forum focusing on policy and education. International Bureau of Education Director, Dr Mmantsetsa Marope, will address the forum, which will showcase translation and implementation of science of learning research in the classroom. The conference will take place from 18–20 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information and to register, visit the Science of Learning website, or contact Annita Nugent

HSRAANZ Conference 2017: register now

The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) is hosting the 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. The conference theme is 'Shifting priorities: balancing acute and primary care services'. The conference will focus on current and future priorities for resources in acute and primary care, in order to achieve a sustainable and functional system into the future. The conference will be held on 1–3 November at Surfers Paradise Marriott, Gold Coast. For more information and to register, visit the HSRAANZ website.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'The role of neural oscillations in human visual attention and awareness' (21.06.17)

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 to the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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UQ says yes to soft plastics recycling 

Did you know that UQ now provides soft plastics recycling on campus? You can now recycle the following items:

  • plastic shopping bags
  • shrinkwrap or pallet wrap
  • soft packaging for items such as biscuits, pasta, confectionery and frozen food
  • bread and cereal bags.

All you need to do is collect your soft plastic waste and designate a storage area for it in your office. Once you've amassed at least one shopping bag's worth of waste, email recycle@pf.uq.edu.au to request collection. For more information about this initiative, visit the Sustainability website.

Green Office learns how to change the world

Do we have the power to save the world? According to last week's sold-out Green Office Update Session, we can – although it will take a time and effort. On Wednesday 14 June, Associate Professor Winnifred Louis from UQ's School of Psychology took a keen audience through 'Environmental Activism 101: How to change the world'. Her fascinating insights centered on how to best persuade people and get them to take positive action. Read her top tips for winning activist strategies at the Sustainability website.

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Beat school holiday blues with UQ Sport Kids

Take a load off and let UQ Sport Kids entertain the little ones these school holidays. UQ Sport Kids will keep the kids busy with tennis, swimming, athletics and Kids Club programs, jam-packed with tried and tested activities suited to little hands and feet. Enrol now.

Duck glorious duck

Calling all duck lovers! Join us for a Duck Degustation Dinner at Customs House Brisbane on Thursday 27 July at 6.30pm. Executive Chef John Offenhauser has crafted a five-course menu featuring Grimaud Duck, house-grown cellar mushrooms, and matched wines. View the menu here, and book your reservation via the Duck Glorious Duck event page.

Adult autism spectrum group

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

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eLearning workshops

The eLearning team is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2017. A description of each workshop, with dates and registration details, is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Basic Video Production: 9.30am–12pm, Tuesday 20 June, St Lucia
  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix: 10am–12pm, Thursday 22 June, St Lucia
  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix: 10am–12pm, Monday 3 July, St Lucia
  • UQ Active Learning tools: 2–4pm, Wednesday 5 July, St Lucia
  • Basic Video Production: 9.30am–12pm, Friday 7 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics: 9.30am–12pm, Monday 10 July, St Lucia
  • TurnItIn: 10am–12pm, Wednesday 12 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams: 2–4pm, Friday 14 July, St Lucia

To subscribe to the UQ eLearning update to receive information on tool updates, email help@learn.uq.edu.au with the subject line 'eLearning update subscription'. 

Staff development

MFSAS: Social Analysis and Statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in social analytics and statistics, including STATA, Leximancer, Longitudinal Data Analysis and Social Cost-Benefit Analysis, 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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Interested in maintaining a healthy brain?

Healthy Caucasian volunteers aged 60 and over may be eligible to participate in a UQ brain science study. Researchers are trialing a unique, non-invasive brain stimulation technique to improve cognition in several areas, including memory and how we perceive other people’s perspectives and emotions, with computer-based tasks. The study involves two sessions of about 2.5 hours each through June and July. Location is the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, RBWH, Herston. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Islay Davies

Girls in early primary school sought for free literacy assessment

Female children in Grades 2 and 3 are invited to be part of a control group in a study on literacy development and hearing loss. Participants should be native English speakers and have no hearing difficulties or diagnosed developmental disorders. Participants will complete language and reading tasks over three sessions, at either a centre in Ashgrove or at the St Lucia campus. Parents will receive a speech pathology report containing their daughter’s assessment results, which is elsewhere valued at approximately $500. Details: Nicola Bell

Does your child hear more than one language?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking infants aged 15–19 months, who hear more than one language, to participate in a study on the development of counting principles. The study takes place in the Psychology building, St Lucia, and lasts about 15–30 minutes. During the session, guardians will not be separated from their child, and will receive a certificate and a small gift for reimbursement at the end of the session. Details: Jonathan Redshaw

Memory in teenagers: MRI study

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 14–16 with no history of neurological or developmental disorder for a neuroimaging study on memory and development. This study seeks to explore differences between children, youth and adults in brain processing during memory retrieval. Participant exclusion criteria includes: metal implants, braces, anti-depressants, colour blindness or claustrophobia. The study involves a single two-hour session (45–60 minutes in the scanner). Participants will be asked to complete three memory tasks inside the MRI scanner and three questionnaires outside the scanner. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be reimbursed $30. Details: Samuel Fynes Clinton

Are you struggling with your child’s behaviour?

Researchers are seeking parents of children aged 1–12, to participate in a study on the experiences of managing a child's behaviour. Parenting children can be challenging. Being able to self-regulate emotions and behaviours can help to develop stronger relationships with our children. Participants will complete a survey as part of the study to help better understand the skills and knowledge parents need to feel confident to manage their child's behaviour. Participants who complete the questionnaire will go into a draw to win one of two $50 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Details: click here or contact Babak Panahi

Would you like to have your leg strength and balance assessed?

Physiotherapy researchers at UQ would like to test the strength and balance of healthy people. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Are you free from muscle and joint pain?

Healthy women aged 35–70 are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment of approximately two hours to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: click here or contact Melanie Plinsinga

How lower back pain affects brain processing of sensory information?

People with lower back pain and healthy volunteers aged 18+ are sought for a study. This study evaluates how low back pain affects the integration of sensory information coming from the lower back. Participation requires attending one session of approximately 2–3 hours that evaluates the excitability of the brain following noxious and non-noxious stimulation of the back muscles. Testing will take place in the Therapies building (84A) at St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Normal lower limb biomechanics in AFL footballers

Seeking male volunteers aged 20–25 currently playing AFL football, who are free from injury, and have no history of orthopaedic surgery involving the lower limb, to participate in a study investigating normal muscle function and biomechanics in AFL players. Participants will be asked to undertake a three-hour physical testing session at the St Lucia campus as well as complete questionnaires and undertake an MRI and X-rays of their hips. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card and all radiological imaging will be performed free of charge. Details: click here or contact Peter Lawrenson at 0424 449 574

Agile practitioners needed

Researcher is seeking volunteers for a research project on how to increase agile team performance. The purpose of the research is to understand the structure of agile software development teams, what activities they do, and how to increase agile team performance. Details: click here or contact Sheida Soltani

Do you have severe elbow pain?

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–70 who have severe tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of your elbow) to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in tennis elbow. If eligible, participants will be required to attend two sessions of testing (three hours total) at St Lucia where non-invasive sensory measurements will be collected. Parking will be provided and volunteers will be compensated with a $20 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Complete this survey to check your eligibility. Details: Viana Vuvan

Improving motor learning with non-invasive brain stimulation

Right handed volunteers aged 18–35 with no history of neurological issues or hand trauma required for a study investigating the effect of a safe and painless form of non-invasive brain stimulation on motor learning. The motor learning task will involve repeatedly moving your thumb as quickly as possible for around 30 minutes. Experiments will take around 1.5–2 hours on the day of the experiment, and will need to return 24 hours later for a quick reassessment. Participants will be compensated $10 per hour for their time. Experiments are undertaken at the St Lucia campus. Details: Anastasiia Kuzovina

Parenting and compassion

UQ researchers are seeking parents to participate in a study where volunteers will be asked to complete questionnaires about parenting, stress, and compassion. Eligible volunteers must have a child aged 3–9, whose behaviour you find you worry about when out in public around other parents. Details: click here or contact Hayley Sampson

Coping, social support and appraisal related to infertility

Individuals and couples who have undergone assisted reproductive treatment (such as ovulation support, IUI or IVF) are sought for this study. Participation involves completing an online survey, which will take approximately 40 minutes. Upon completing the survey, participants are given the option to enter a draw to win one of three $20 gift vouchers. To participate in this study, click here. Details: Lisa Cosgun on 0435 896 885

Have you ever dealt with a teething child?

Please complete this survey to tell us about your experiences of managing teething pain. This anonymous survey will take 5–10 minutes to complete. Ten $30 Coles Group and Myer vouchers are up for grabs – just enter your email into the separate form at the end of the survey to enter. Details: click here for the survey

Have you sprained your ankle in the last four weeks?

Volunteers aged 18–40 years who have sprained their ankle for the first time in the last four weeks are needed for a study investigating hip and knee muscle strength. Testing will take approximately one hour and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Brain stimulation and response selection

Researchers are seeking participants aged 55+ for a study to investigate the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, on response selection. The study involves the completion of a 30-minute on-screen task on two separate days. Testing will take place at UQ Centre For Clinical Research at Herston. Participants will receive compensation of $50. Details: Oyetunde Gbadeyan

Participate in a study for skin cancer early detection

Researchers at UQ and QUT are currently undertaking research into skin self-examination. In particular, examining mobile teledermoscopy. We are looking for individuals aged 18+ to complete three home skin-self-examinations and receive a free skin check. Selected participants will be asked to conduct mobile teledermoscopy by photographing their moles and sending them to the study team for a telediagnosis. Details: SKIN Research

How do thinking skills relate to emotion and language?

Researchers seeking males and females aged 60–85 with English as their first language and no neurological history (e.g. stroke). Participation involves a two hour session with the experimenter, where you will be asked to do several simple tasks that look at thinking skills. This involves responding verbally or non-verbally to words, dots and pictures. The tasks are carried out with pen and paper or via computer. Participants’ travel will be compensated with a $10 Coles Group and Myer voucher and the study will take place at UQ, St Lucia (or at the volunteers home if suitable). Details: Amie Willis


Free exercise training

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–75 years with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study here at UQ designed to improve your diabetic health. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: for more information click here, or contact Trishan Gajanand

Motor training and brain plasticity in young men

Seeking right-handed men aged 18–35 to take part in this study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5–3 hours each, at UQ St Lucia. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic), motor training of the right hand, and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $60 in total. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

Seeking parents with high school age children

Researchers are seeking parents with children in Year 11 or Year 12 to participate in a study investigating the influence of parents on young adults who are choosing a university. Participants will be compensated for their time. Details: click here or contact Asma A Qureshi

Travelling before October 2017

Researchers are seeking international and domestic leisure travellers who will travel to a new place for the first time before first October 2017. The length of the trip should be minimum of two days, and maximum of eight weeks. Participants should use an online source to plan their trip. The study consists of a pre-trip interview and after-trip interview taking 30 minutes each. Participants will need to write an online planning diary during their trip planning, which will take five minutes each day. Participants will be compensated with an $80 shopping voucher for their time and efforts. Details: Zara Zarezadeh

Cognition in Motor Neuron Disease

Researchers are seeking healthy males with no known neurological conditions aged 45–75 to complete a three-hour cognitive assessment to assist with research in the field of Motor Neuron Disease. Testing includes assessment of skills such as memory, attention, and language, and takes place at UQ with free parking available. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Coles voucher for travel and time. Feedback of the results (cognitive strengths and weaknesses) can also be provided to participants if they wish. Details: Amelia Hobson

Brain plasticity and oscillations in people 65+

Volunteers aged 65+ who are in reasonable health and right-handed are sought for a study investigating the effects of ageing on brain plasticity and the ability of the brain to undergo change. The study will include two sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each at UQ St Lucia. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic) and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour and parking can be organised. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

Recent low back pain sufferers

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–50 and have reinjured or agitated their back pain in the last week to be part of a study that aims to discover why some people repeatedly hurt their back. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to check eligibility. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

Are you injury free?

Pain-free and healthy volunteers aged 40–60 are sought to act as control participants for a study of Quantitative Sensory Testing in individuals with plantar heel pain. Participants will undergo various sensory measure investigations (cold, heat, pressure thresholds) within the Physiotherapy Department at UQ. Participants are eligible if they have not been treated for musculoskeletal disorders or injuries during the past six months or have a history of heel pain. Details: sirph@uq.edu.au

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

Feel fuller for longer

UQ Researchers are seeking participants to evaluate the perception of fullness after consumption of fruits and vegetables as snacks. The study will take place in two phases: (1) all participants will be asked to visit the sensory laboratory at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences four times during the test week; and (2) participants selected on the basis of relatively low or high resting metabolic rate will be asked to undertake and then repeat phase 1. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Coles Group and Myer voucher for their time. Details: Dr Nima Gunness on 3346 0793

Are your senses sharp?

Seeking control volunteers aged 25–50 for sensory evaluation. Testing takes one hour and involves a range of sensory perception and threshold tests. The study is being conducted at the Therapies building, St Lucia. Free parking or a travel reimbursement is available. Details: click here or contact Liam Maclachlan

Walking while texting study

Researcher is seeking volunteers to help in a study to measure different walking speeds while texting across the Eleanor Schonell Bridge at UQ. The study will take a couple of hours to complete. Details: Sam Ward

Could exercise help you learn a new language?

Healthy volunteers aged 60–85 who have English as their primary language are sought to participate in a study. The aim of this study is to investigate if one session of exercise can improve language learning abilities in ageing. Participation will include a free fitness assessment with an accredited exercise physiologist, behavioural tasks and blood tests. This study will be held at the St Lucia campus, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Participants will be asked to attend three visits of two hours each and will be reimbursed up to $120 for their time and travel. Details: click here or contact ELLA@cai.uq.edu.au

Have you been ever been involved in a crash?

Researchers are seeking volunteers who have been involved in any road crash, minor to severe, to share their experiences via a web-based anonymous survey that will take about 45 minutes. Participants will be offered a chance to win one of three $20 gift vouchers by entering their email address in a different database unrelated to the survey. Details: click here or contact Siti Jafri

Fertility treatment related stress and coping survey

Have you undergone fertility treatment? Researchers are seeking volunteers, whether in a same-sex or opposite-sex partnership, man or woman, had treatment such as IUI and IVF or any other treatment, to take part in an investigation on the impact that undergoing fertility treatment has on individuals and couples and to know about volunteers' experiences. The outcomes of this study is to better understand emotional, psychological and social factors surrounding people undergoing this stressful process. By completing the survey, participants will go into the draw to win one of three $20 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Details: click here or contact Maggie Freeman

Pain reflex in people with low back pain

Volunteers with chronic low back pain (defined as ongoing lower back pain experienced at least three days a week for more than three months) are sought for this study. Volunteers must not have any other significant medical history. This study evaluates how the nervous system protects the body from pain in people with low back pain. Participation requires attending one session for approximately two hours which will evaluate the automatic responses of the trunk muscles following a series of brief noxious stimuli applied to the trunk. Testing will take place in the Therapies building, St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

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

Volunteers aged 18–65 with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at the Therapies Building, St Lucia, 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: Edith Elgueta

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Student volunteers are wanted for a research project studying how people interact with robots on navigation tasks. Participants will control a small, wheeled robot using a joystick in a racing task with human and/or robot partners. The study takes about 90 minutes and will be held at the Axon building, St Lucia. Details: click here or contact Scott Heath

Virtual neck speed and strength: volunteers needed

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–65 who are either healthy or have neck pains to participate in a study which compares neck muscle strength and neck movement speed and accuracy using a virtual reality device in those who have neck pain and those without. Details: Bryan David

Calling past and current PhD students

Researchers are seeking past and current PhD students to conduct a project that aims to understand differences in the PhD relationship across different disciplines in UQ. Participants will take part in an informal interview about their research and PhD supervisory experiences. The interview will be held at the St Lucia campus at a time and location of the volunteer's choosing, and will last approximately 50 minutes. Participants will receive a summary of the major themes to emerge from this project. Details: click here or contact Kim Peters

Are you planning to retire anytime in the next six months?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking volunteers who are planning to retire in the next six months for a study on retirement transition. The study involves completing three online surveys of 30 minutes each at three time-points: within six months of planning to retire, within two months of retirement, and 3–6 months later. Participants will go into a prize draw to win Coles Group and Myer gift cards for completing each survey ($20, $30, and $50) and a results summary will be shared with participants who are interested. Details: click here or contact Ben Lam


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