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University of Queensland

Monday 26 September 2016


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Teaching and Learning Week 2016

Each year UQ celebrates significant achievements in teaching and learning with a program of events aimed at recognising our world-class teachers, bringing together academic staff to showcase current practices, and examining future thinking in this important area.

This year's UQ Teaching and Learning Week will be held from Monday 31 October–Friday 4 November. For more information on the full program of events, please click here.









New MicroMasters from UQ

UQ has joined forces with other leading international universities to offer flexible, affordable credentials for career advancement and an accelerated Masters degree. MicroMasters is a new category of Masters-level online education, delivered on the edX online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT.

A MicroMasters credential is comparable to a significant portion of a traditional Masters degree (in most cases a quarter or a half) and can be used as a path to an accelerated on-campus degree or as a standalone credential. UQ will introduce two MicroMasters models – one from the UQ Business School in partnership with MIT, and one from the Institute for Social Science Research. For more information, please click here.

Participate in the development of a new Master Plan for St Lucia campus

Staff are invited to a focus group to explore the opportunities and issues associated with ‘Working Life on Campus’ that should be considered in framing future development of the St Lucia Campus. The session will be held on Tuesday 4 October from 57pm in room S603, Social Sciences Building. Limited spots available–please RSVP to confirm by Friday 30 September. For more information, please contact Tim Sweeney.

New name for Medical Faculty

The Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has changed its name to the Faculty of Medicine. The name change was approved by Senate in August and is part of a wider Faculty reconfiguration that aims to improve research and educational outputs. Work is underway to update the Faculty name across a range of communications channels and this will continue over the coming months. References to the old Faculty name will need to be updated across UQ websites and administrators will be asked to make updates as required.

Mental Health Week

UQ Wellness is reminding staff not to neglect their mental health in the lead-up to National Mental Health Week, which runs from Sunday 9– Saturday 15 October. UQ is hosting a number of events during the week, with the highlight being the mental health first aid training sessions hosted by Mental Health First Aid Australia Chief Executive Officer Betty Kitchener and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Rix. Other events during the week include stress management classes, and breathing and meditation lessons. For more information and to make bookings for any of the events, visit the National Mental Health Week website.

Expressions of interest now open for UQ SAGE Self-Assessment Team

UQ Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) staff and postgraduate students are now invited to apply to be a member of UQ’s Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program.The role of the SAT is to coordinate the process of data gathering, analysis and action planning that will form the basis of the application for an Athena SWAN Institutional Award. The SAT will identify strategies and plan actions to enhance gender equity, reporting to, and working in collaboration with, senior executives. For more information and to apply, please see the UQ SAGE Pilot website. Applications close Friday 7 October.

Get ready for Summer Semester: send reading lists to Library

To ensure required and recommended resources are processed for your students by the beginning of Summer Semester, reading lists must be received by the Library by Friday 7 October. This allows time to scan print material, link to online copies, order textbooks from overseas, and get copies of readings from another library. Please advise if your resources are required, recommended or further reading. Lists received after Friday 7 October may not be processed for the beginning of semester. Please email your lists to learningresources@library.uq.edu.au or contact your Librarian for further information.

Nature’s new push for data sharing

Nature’s new research data policy now requires all manuscripts to include a data availability statement and “authors are also encouraged to include formal citations to datasets in article reference lists”. These requirements strengthen Nature’s existing data policy which requires authors to make all data associated with the publication as open as possible. UQ researchers are able to store, describe and licence their data in UQ eSpace, which satisfies the Nature requirements and allows authors to link datasets to their UQ eSpace publications. Contact data@library.uq.edu.au for support. 

Finance and HR services: formal proposal for changes

The formal proposal outlining the recommended changes to the delivery of Finance and HR services across UQ is available on the Professional Services Transformation website. Staff have the opportunity to provide comments until Friday 7 October. For those who missed the forums, the presentation materials are also available on the website. If you need further information from the CFO and HR Director, or wish to request additional forums, you are encouraged to do so via the contact us form.

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Extracellular pathogen resistance seminar

Extracellular pathogens, which colonise the apoplast of host plants, cause severe global epidemics, including phoma stem cancer of oilseed rape, barley leaf blotch and wheat septoria leaf blotch. R gene-mediated effector-triggered defence (ETD) or quantitative (likely multigenic) resistance contribute to protection against these pathogens. This seminar will discuss bioinformatic approaches and computational models to tackle extracellular pathogens. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 September from 121pm in the Large Seminar Room, Level 3 Qld Bioscience Precinct. For more information, click here

Asia-Pacific 3MT® Competition

Fifty 3MT winners from 50 universities across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia will come to UQ this Friday 30 September for the inaugural Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Come and cheer on UQ’s own Thisun Piyasena as he battles for the title of Asia-Pacific champion. Semi-final rounds start at 8.30am and the final will start at 2.30pm in the GHD Auditorium of the Advanced Engineering Building. Entry is free, but spaces are limited so registration is required via Eventbrite. For more information, please contact the 3MT® team on ext. 60510.

Teaching Asian Popular Culture seminar

Professor Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney, will present as part of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Critical and Cultural Studies Program public seminar series. Professor Vickers will outline key problems of teaching Asian popular culture, examine the definition of the field and the rapidly changing nature of the object of study, and map out some major areas of future academic enquiry. The seminar will be held on Friday 30 September from 11am12pm, in room 402, Level 4, Forgan Smith Tower. For more information, please click here or contact IASH

Climate-smart rice production for Australia and Asia

Vietnam has been identified as one of the top five countries most affected by climate change, and rice production is particularly vulnerable. The frequent occurrence of floods, salinity and drought continues to threaten rice production in these regions. As a consequence, smallholder rice farmers in Vietnam face considerable risk, and require cropping systems that are more resilient to the negative impacts of drought and salinity. Associate Professor Andrew Borrell will look at challenges and solutions for rice production in Vietnam and northern Australia. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 4 October from 121pm in seminar room 275, Global Change Institute. For more information, please click here

Geriatric Medicine seminar 

The Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine is pleased to host Professor Elizabeth Beattie, Professor in Aged and Dementia Care and the Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre – School of Nursing, QUT, for her talk on "Capturing Quality of Life for People Living with Dementia in Australian Residential Aged Care". The seminar will be held on Tuesday 4 October from 12.301.30pm at TRI seminar room 2007, PA Hospital. Videoconference is available.To RSVP or find out more information, please contact the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine.

Recent Developments in Aboriginal Title Law in Canada

All are invited to the UQ Law Lecture on "Recent Developments in Aboriginal Title Law in Canada" on Thursday 6 October. The lecture will address the impacts of the 2014 landmark case in which the Supreme Court of Canada issued a declaration of Aboriginal title to land for the first time in Canadian history. The discussion will be led by Professor Kent McNeil, a distinguished research professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. The talk will be held from 121pm at the Supreme Court Library, Level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane. For more information, or to register your attendance, please click here.

CRE in Telehealth forum 

The CRE in Telehealth invites you to a presentation by Dr Annie Hill, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr Hill's presentation will outline how telehealth can enable new models of care for rehabilitation of communication disorders post-stroke. The forum will be held on Friday 7 October from 11am–12pm in room 2007, TRI building, Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. All welcome. No registration required. For more information and videoconference details, please visit the website

Talking about Mental Health First Aid with Betty Kitchener

To celebrate National Mental Health Week, UQ is hosting a number of events which are open to all UQ staff and students. The key event is “Talking about Mental Health First Aid with Betty Kitchener”, which will be held on Thursday 13 October from 12–1pm, in the Holt Room, UQ Union complex. Betty is qualified and experienced as an educator, registered nurse, counsellor and basic researcher. She has facilitated the spread of the Mental Health First Aid Program across Australia and to 20 other countries. For more information or to register, please click here.

AIBN Seminar Series 

Professor Eric Bakker from the University of Geneva and the 2014 recipient of the RSC Robert Boyle Prize in Analytical Science will present a talk on "Nanoscale Phase Ion Transfer Reactions for Sensing Applications" on Thursday 13 October from 12–1pm in the AIBN Seminar Room, Building 75. All are welcome. For more information, email aibnreception@uq.edu.au.

Other upcoming events 

Bioinformatic and molecular approaches to understand resistance against extracellular pathogens by Henrik Stotz (27.09.2016) 

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Molecular and neural mechanisms underlying the olfactory modulation of aggression in honeybees (28.09.2016)

From Jesse James to the Berdella serial homicides: Lessons Learned from 47 years of Forensic Anthropology Consulting in Kansas (29.09.2016)

Celebration - 50 Years of Japanese (29.09.2016) 

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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  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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UQ scoops another sustainability award nomination

UQ has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. The University has made the shortlist in the Energex Award for Sustainability in Business category for its energy reduction program. UQ’s innovative use of solar power and significant efforts to decrease energy usage across many areas, including lighting, air conditioning, mechanical plants and hot water, has led to a seven per cent reduction in energy usage per square metre over the last two years. This is a huge achievement for an organisation that’s home to around 50,000 staff and students and 175 buildings. The awards will be held on Friday 28 October, so watch this space.

Cool results for Green Labs Freezer Month competition

Congratulations to Kate Kollar and Kerry Roper, winners of the Green Labs Freezer Month competition. Over the last month, Green Labs Representatives have been taking part in this cool energy-saving contest in various ways: by cleaning out or defrosting their freezer, "chilling up" by raising their freezer temperature from –80°C to –75°C or –70°C, switching off or retiring their freezer, or setting up an inventory of their samples. Freezers are one of the most energy-intensive pieces of laboratory equipment, so a big thanks to all representatives who took part and helped save energy in the lab. Find out more on the Sustainability website.

Green programs update sessions yield fascinating insights 

Earlier this month, the Green Labs and Green Office update sessions welcomed three experts to discuss two particularly timely and interesting topics: green chemistry and investment in an era of climate change. In the Green Labs session, Dr Craig Williams from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Dr Bronwyn Laycock from the School of Chemical Engineering explored the role of green chemistry in sustainable lab practices; in the Green Office session, Professor John Quiggin from the School of Economics addressed the topical subject of fossil fuel divestment. Read more about both events on the Sustainability website.

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Customs House pop-up bar

Opening this week, the Sunset Spritz bar will be set up on the Customs House River Terrace, swapping winter’s indoor scenery with panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Ideal for guests gearing up for a night in the city, the pop-up bar will open to the public Wednesdays–Saturdays from 4pm–late, and Sundays from 1–5pm. In a partnership with Aperol, the Brisbane bar will serve visitors a range of signature cocktails – including the spot’s namesake, the Aperol Spritz – alongside a thoughtfully crafted menu of canapés and nibbles. For more information, please click here.

Yoga and meditation courses

Yoga and meditation courses are available for UQ staff during October and November. The beginner courses will be held every Tuesday from 11 October–8 November from 4.30pm–5.45pm in the Seminar Room, level one, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology building. Cost is $65, with an early-bird offer of $59 if paid before Thursday 6 October. A free beginner’s pack, including a yoga mat and water bottle, will be available to the first 20 people who register and pay. Please contact Dr Vivek Mitter at OmYoga to book your place.

UQU special offer: buy two, get one free

Buy two medium Cadbury chocolate bars and get one free at the Lolly Shop. Offer valid for a limited time only, while stocks last. Conditions apply, see in store for details.

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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Checkbox survey tool workshop

Checkbox is an ITS-supported survey tool that is available to all UQ staff. This workshop will cover how to create, deploy and manage surveys of internal and external participants using Checkbox. Participants will learn how to set up a variety of question types and include conditional/branching questions. The next workshop will be held on Friday 30 September from 10am–12pm in room 202, Learning Innovation Building. To register, visit the Staff Development website.

Developing new student mobility programs

This workshop will provide an overview of mobility programs managed by Global Engagement, including New Colombo Plan (NCP), Endeavour Mobility Grants and the Short-Term Mobility Program (STMP). The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the benefits of having students participate in these programs, as well as advice on ways to market the programs to potential applicants. The workshop will be held on Monday 10 October from 2–4pm in room 202, Learning Innovation building. For more information, please click here

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service helps staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems, using centrally supported eLearning tools. Course coordinators can nominate to receive individual training on selecting and configuring an eLearning tool, followed by support to implement and launch the teaching and learning activity. For further information and to register, refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

Staff development

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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Stiff painful ankle? Have it investigated

People with stiff and painful ankles are sought for a lab study to test posture, strength, joint mobility, sensation, balance and function. Participants will receive a gift voucher and free x-ray as reimbursement for their participation in this study. Details: Munira or click here.

Rheumatoid arthritis research: understanding the family link

Researchers are seeking individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), individuals with a family history of RA, as well as healthy controls, for a study. The study hopes to identify the relation between RA, genetics and other factors influencing the onset of the disease. The research is led by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation in collaboration with the UQ Diamantina Institute. Details: di.arthritis@uq.edu.au or 3443 6992

Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in a new and exciting eight-week supervised exercise training study designed to improve blood glucose control and overall health and well-being. Free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) will be provided, as well as free fitness and health information. Free parking will also be provided. Details: Trishan Gajanand or click here

Remembering 60+

Healthy adults aged 60–90 are sought for a memory experiment at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. The study involves a 35-minute MRI scan and a short pen-and-pencil session, which assesses how the brain functions when participants retrieve personal memories. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Sam Fynes-Clinton

Perceptions of involvement as a child in your own future during parental separation

This retrospective study investigates the perceptions of late adolescents, regarding their involvement as children in the decision-making process during the time of their parents’ separation. You must be 18–24, your parents need to have separated before your 11th birthday, and your parents need to have self-managed their separation. Participants will complete an online questionnaire (approximately 10 minutes). Questions relate to how much perceived involvement you had as a child during the time of your parents' separation. Your valuable contribution will be used to guide interventions that assist children in managing the parental separation transition. Details: click here or contact Mark Westby

tDCS study into language processing

Right-handed participants who have learned English as their first language are sought for a study into how the brain processes language. During three one-hour experimental sessions at QUT Kelvin Grove, each a week apart, you will perform a simple picture-naming task while your brain is stimulated by tDCS. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, painless and safe technique used to temporarily alter the activity of various brain regions. Participants will be reimbursed $30 after completion of the three sessions. Details: Hanna Gauvin

How are juniors who play in senior teams impacted?

We are seeking 15–17 year olds who play in social senior AFL or rugby teams for 20–30 minute personal interviews on their experience. Topics to be discussed include the importance of sport, playing with adults, and their attitudes towards alcohol. Times and locations of interview are flexible. You will receive a $20 gift voucher for participating. Details: Holly Thompson

Healthy volunteers needed for antibody discovery project

Healthy volunteers aged 18+ are sought for the establishment of an antibody library, to be used by researchers to isolate antibodies that may assist in the understanding and treatment of a wide range of diseases. Fragments of antibody genes will be isolated from each participant and combined to create entirely new antibodies with research, diagnostic or therapeutic potential. Participants will be required to attend the Clinical Research Facility at the Translational Research Institute and provide a single donation of 200mL blood. Participants will be reimbursed with a $50 gift card. Details: Dr Martina Jones

EEG study of visual processing

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–35 for an electroencephalography (EEG) study of visual processing in the brain. The study involves making judgments about coloured shapes. Participants will wear an EEG cap consisting of electrodes that safely record electrical activity produced by the brain during the task. Participants must have normal vision (specifically, not require glasses or contact lenses when using a computer for an extended time), and must not be colour-blind. The study consists of two 90-minute sessions at St Lucia, $30 reimbursement is provided. Details: Michelle Hall

Perceptions and expectations towards sport supplements 

We are seeking PhD students to participate in a short 15-minute online survey and/or 45-minute semi-structured interview to identify perceptions and expectations towards sport supplements and their efficacy. Participants can choose to either complete the online survey, participate in a semi-structured interview, or both. Participants only need to have knowledge and interest in sport supplements to participate, and sport supplement use is not a requirement for participation. Details: Veronique Chachay (3365 6112)

Volunteers with healthy back muscles needed

Healthy participants aged 18–60 with no history of diagnosed lower back pain are needed for a control study using mechanomyography. Study involves two separate sessions consisting of two hours each. Subjects will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles-Myer gift card. Details: Christian Than

No ankle problems and like coffee?

Volunteers aged 40+ who have no previous ankle injury and 20 minutes to spare to complete an online survey are sought. Click here to complete the survey. A Merlo coffee voucher will be provided for participation. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Healthy volunteers needed for brown fat research 

Healthy subjects aged 18–40, with BMI <30, not on any medications (except contraception) and not pregnant are needed for a study investigating regulators of brown fat in humans. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and is protective against obesity. Active brown fat lights up on special scans. Participants will need to take two doses of study medication (which is usually used for asthma, shown to stimulate energy expenditure) and placebo (sugar pill), and have scans, thermal photos and blood tests. The study will be conducted over two four-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement, snacks and drinks will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar

Have you recently suffered back pain?

If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Be part of a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back, again and again. If you are aged 18–50 and have hurt your back in the last week, you may be eligible. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

Receive the benefits of exercise without exercising

Volunteers with type 2 diabetes are sought to participate in an exercise mimetic study. Clients will receive free sessions, in which they will gain the benefits of exercise while relaxing on a bed designed to stimulate the effects of exercise. Clients will be provided with free tests of functional capacity and vascular function. Free parking will be provided. Persons aged 18–75 years with interest in improving overall health, fitness and managing blood sugar levels without exercising, are invited to participate. Details: click here or contact either Ravin Lal or Kylie Squelch

Soccer players with hip/groin pain

Volunteers aged 18–50 are invited to participate in a study investigating hip pain in soccer players. To be eligible you must be a current soccer player, and suffering from hip/groin pain of at least six months duration. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake a three-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

Have you fractured or sprained your ankle badly?

Research participants with ankle pain and stiffness for at least the last three months are needed. This study will assess muscle strength, joint movement, sensation, balance and walking in people with ankle pain. Testing will take place at UQ St Lucia. Free parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher and a free ankle x-ray. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi


Prevention of Alzheimer's disease

Healthy volunteers aged 60–80 without significant memory problems are required for a 4.5-year clinical trial of a new medication aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Participation will involve taking study medication daily and attending the RBWH on approximately 28 occasions over the course of the study. Clinic visits will include frequent safety assessments, physical and neurological examinations, cognitive testing and MRI and PET brain scans. Participants will be reimbursed for travel costs. Details: Liz or Lisa

Oxytocin and social cognition

Researchers are looking for males aged 65+ to participate in a two-part study. Participation involves viewing a series of different social and emotional videos and making judgments. Each session takes approximately 2.5 hours, and participants will be reimbursed $30 per session. Details: Sarah Grainger.

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

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 will take about 90 minutes. Details: Scott Heath

Enhancing community knowledge and engagement with law at the end of life

Researchers are seeking adult patients with terminal cancer who are involved in their own medical decision-making, as well as adult family members of an adults with terminal cancer who have witnessed or been involved in medical decision-making. This study aims to improve understanding of medical decision-making practices of people with cancer and their family, and what support would help with making decisions. Participation involves completing a face to face, telephone or Skype interview (around an hour), at a convenient time and location. Details: Jill Wilson (3365 1254) or Rachel Feeney (3365 2505).

Learning in the ageing brain

Healthy, right-handed adults aged 60–80 years are sought for a neuroimaging study to assess age-related changes in brain activity underlying learning. The experiment takes 1.5 hrs (60 min fMRI scan and 30-minute questionnaires) and involves mild electric shocks to the wrist. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: Sam Fynes-Clinton

Logical reasoning and the brain

Researchers at UQ are seeking healthy, right-handed people aged 60–80. Participation involves performing a logical reasoning task in an MRI scanner for one hour, and couple of computerised games outside the scanner for an hour. In total, this study takes about 2.5 hours and participants will be reimbursed $60 for their time.Details: Ashley York.

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

If you are experiencing low mood, nervousness or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships, then the free program, Groups 4 Health, which is being run by the School of Psychology, might be for you. The one-and-a-half hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships. In the workshops, participants will learn why groups are good for health, discover and map their own social network, develop strategies for making better use of social connections, and learn how to build new connections. Groups commence in October 2016 and will continue throughout the year. Details: click here, email or call 3149 3946

Neck pain? Male volunteers required for spine and shoulder posture study

Male volunteers between the ages of 18 and 70 who have had neck pain in the last three months or more (no history of trauma to the head, neck or shoulder) 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

Food constituents to activate heat production in brown fat

Healthy volunteers are sought to investigate the effects of food constituents on brown fat activity. Brown fat is good because when activated it dissipates calories as heat. Activating brown fat with an optimal meal composition may therefore assist in prevention of weight gain. Participants will attend the clinical research facility at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and undergo a PET-CT scan to determine how much brown fat they have. They will then receive a test meal and undergo metabolic rate testing over three hours to measure the effects of the meal on brown fat activity. Participants will be reimbursed with gift cards. Details: Dr Veronique Chachay

Brain plasticity and oscillations in people >65

Right-handed volunteers over 65 years of age in reasonable health are sought for this study investigating the effect of ageing on brain plasticity, i.e. the ability of the brain to undergo change. The study will include two sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each, at the St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic) and the recording of brain activity (EEG). All procedures are non-painful. Participants will be reimbursed with $10/hour and parking can be organised. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

Do you have low back pain? Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?

Healthy office workers aged 18+ with a history of low back pain and 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 

Have you experienced only one ankle sprain?

Female volunteers aged 18–45 who previously sprained their ankle only once are needed to participate in a study. The study involves testing your lower limb muscle strength and balance. Testing will be conducted in the Therapies Building and will take approximately 2.5 hours. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles-Myer gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Brain oscillations and plasticity  

Healthy right-handed participants (18–35 years) with no history of neurological disorders are required for two experimental sessions, each approximately two hours in duration at the St Lucia campus (QBI). The study is investigating the link between brain oscillations and brain plasticity. Participants will receive two forms of non-invasive brain stimulation, and will have their brain activity recorded. Participants will be reimbursed $15 per hour. Details: Martin Sale

Neuroimaging of cognitive processes 

Healthy volunteers aged 18–35 are sought for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of cognitive processes in the brain at St Lucia. The study will involve completing a behavioural task while inside an MRI scanner. Volunteers must have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, must not be colour blind and must not be taking psychiatric medications. Participation in this study consists of one 90-minute session, with $30 reimbursement. Details: Kristina Horne

Major depressive disorder and processing of another's emotions

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

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

Childhood memory and brain development

Healthy children aged 9–12, with no history of neurological disease, concussion or brain trauma, are sought for an MRI study looking at healthy brain development and memory. This study is the first to characterise the brain networks involved in memory in healthy children. The study involves a 50-minute MRI where participants play three memory games and watch a movie, a short cognitive test outside the scanner and a questionnaire. The study takes two hours and participants are reimbursed with $30. Details: click here or contact Samuel Fynes Clinton



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