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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 17 July 2017


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ChangeMakers magazine available now

The 2017 edition of ChangeMakers magazine is now available.

Discover how UQ scientists have helped uncover ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’, one of the most significant palaeontological sites in the world, along a remote 25-kilometre stretch of coastland in Western Australia; plus, hear from Associate Professor Sandie Degnan and Professor Bernard Degnan from UQ’s Heron Island Research Station about their breakthrough research saving the Great Barrier Reef from the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish.

All stories are also available on the ChangeMakers website in a new easy-to-read Shorthand format. ChangeMakers is UQ’s industry-focused magazine that highlights UQ’s high-profile research, teaching and engagement success stories.

To order copies of the magazine, email publications@uq.edu.au. Hard copy limits may apply. 









Celebrating UQ HEA Fellows

The UQ Teaching and Learning community congratulates 22 UQ staff who were awarded with Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship titles this past Friday. The HEA is an independent non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education.

Of those acknowledged for their commitment to teaching quality are four recipients of the prestigious Principal Fellowship: Professor Julie Duck (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson (Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences), Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh (Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology) and Dr Gillian Hallam (UQ Library).

For more information on each UQ HEA Fellow or to register your interest in participating in the scheme in the future, please visit the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) website

UQ Semester 2 Orientation Market Day road closures

The St Lucia Semester 2 Orientation Market Day activities are taking place in the Great Court and Campbell Place precinct on Wednesday 26 July and will see the following road closures in place from 1am Tuesday 25 July to 9pm Wednesday 26 July:

  • Campbell Road will be closed from 1am on Tuesday 25 July to 9pm on Wednesday 26 July.
  • University Drive will be closed between 1am and 10am on Wednesday 26 July.
  • Great Court will be closed from the ramp via Mansfield Place between 1am and 2.45pm on Wednesday 26 July.
  • Library Laneway will be closed between 1am and 7pm on Wednesday 26 July.

A map of all affected areas is available here. Please contact Market Day Coordinator Jessica Roessler with any concerns you may have.

Office supplies live in UQeMarket

UQ staff are now able to purchase office supplies and stationery goods from UQeMarket, UQ’s new electronic marketplace. Complete Office Supplies (COS), Imaging Technology Australia and Lyreco all have catalogues available and are ready for purchases as of today. Central Procurement is in the process of on-boarding further suppliers and will make announcements as their catalogues are available for purchase. For further information please visit the UQeMarket website. Please forward any queries to UQeMarket@uq.edu.au.

Connect with Zoom

Zoom is a unified video conferencing and online meeting solution, which is available across a number of platforms including mobile phone, and is very simple to use. It also offers messaging and chat functionality. Zoom allows you to share presentations and documents when in a meeting, as well as reducing the need to travel for meetings. To learn more about using Zoom for the first time and how it can help you collaborate more effectively, visit the ITS website.

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program

UQ is proud to be participating in the national SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program (SAGE Pilot). The SAGE Pilot aims to improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines, through a rigorous evaluation and accreditation framework. UQ will submit an application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which will include a comprehensive action plan, in March 2019. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from women researchers to participate in the Super STEM Communicator Workshop in September.

Appointment of the next President of the Academic Board for 2018

In accordance with the election timetable approved by the President of Academic Board on Monday 24 October 2016, nominations for the election of President of the Academic Board for 2018 closed on Tuesday 23 May 2017. As only one nomination was received, no election was required. On Thursday 29 June 2017, the appointment of Professor Peter Adams as the President of the Academic Board for 2018 was approved by Senate in accordance with S35A(2) of The University of Queensland Act 1998.

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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. Ticket sales close at midnight tonight. For more information, visit the UQ ChangeMakers website.

Centre for Marine Science TalkFest

UQ staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend TalkFest, which brings together marine scientists from UQ and their collaborators to share current research. The seven speakers at this month's TalkFest will explore a range of topics from Blue Carbon to mud rising in Moreton Bay and aquaculture research on Bribie Island. Morning tea will be available upon arrival and a catered lunch will be provided, so please indicate your attendance and dietary requirements with your RSVP. The event will be held on Friday 21 July from 10.30am–2.30pm in room 360, Physiology Lecture Theatres building (63), UQ St Lucia. Registration is now open. For more information, visit the Centre for Marine Science website.

HMNS Seminar: Integrated approaches to paediatric weight management across QLD

Currently more than one in four Australian children and adolescents are classified as overweight or obese, which can be associated with many serious short and long-term health outcomes. Despite this, current public weight management services remain limited and inconsistent, and there is no integrated, sustainable approach to address the issue. Dr Jacqueline Walker will present her current research, which aims to investigate, develop and disseminate integrated approaches to paediatric overweight and obesity prevention and management in Queensland. Dr Walker is a Research Fellow at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. This seminar will take place on Friday 21 July from 12.30–1pm in room 219, building 26B, UQ St Lucia. No RSVP required and all are welcome.

QAAFI Three Minute Thesis competition: Time to inspire

Each year QAAFI PhD and MPhil students challenge their communication skills in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. This event is a great opportunity to learn about QAAFI research in agriculture and food sciences in a short and fun way. This year QAAFI will be live streaming the competition. This event will take place on Monday 24 July from 10am–1pm in room 3.142, level 3, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia. Find more details on the event page. Everyone is welcome to join!

Crime and the Chinese Dream research workshop

Join the TC Beirne School of Law for a research workshop examining crime in contemporary China. Dr Børge Bakken, Department of Social and Political Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, will present his paper ‘Crime and the Chinese Dream: Voices from the Margins’. Dr Jianhua Xu, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Macau will present his paper titled '"My dream is being able to find my child before I die": The security state and parents of missing children in China.' This workshop will take place on Tuesday 25 July from 4.30–6.30pm in the Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court (room W247), level 2, Forgan Smith building, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the UQ Law website or contact events@law.uq.edu.au.

Seminar: Blood Transfusion in Cattle

Dr Anne-Claire Brisville, from the School of Veterinary Science, will present a seminar titled 'Blood transfusion in cattle for the veterinary practitioner. When, what and how?’ The seminar will review common indications for blood transfusion in cattle, to provide some guidelines on selecting the donor, how to collect the blood and prepare the recipient. The seminar will also highlight the possible limitations and complications of blood transfusion and how to manage them. The free seminar will be delivered on Tuesday 25 July at building 8255, UQ Gatton campus, commencing with light refreshments at 6.30pm. To register for the seminar, visit the UQ VETS website.

UQ Professionals Network Annual Conference

Last chance to register! UQ professional staff are invited to attend the 2017 UQPN Annual Conference, 'Power of the Past – Force of the Future'. This conference is an opportunity for professional staff to come together and share, learn, network and challenge one another. The conference is held on Wednesday 26 July from 8.30am–4.30pm in the Innes room, Union complex, UQ St Lucia. Visit the UQPN website for more information, or register here.

Visual Diplomacy: Popular Culture and Global Politics workshop

The Visual Politics Strategic Research Program invites staff, students and members of the public to a workshop with Iver B. Neumann, the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. The workshop addresses the visual aspects of diplomacy, with a specific focus on how visual diplomacy intertwines with popular culture – from social media to photography, film and television. Registration is required for the workshop, which runs on Wednesday 26 July from 10am–4.30pm in room 501, GPN3 (building 39a). To register, please contact either Professor Roland Bleiker or Shreya Singh.

Publishing your data in UQ eSpace

Publishing your research data has never been easier. UQ researchers are invited to attend a Library-run workshop on how to create a record in UQ eSpace. You will be guided through the process step-by-step. The record can be for the datasets underpinning one or more of your publications or research data you wish to be archived. Options for open access, mediated access and embargoes will be explained. This workshop will take place on Wednesday 26 July from 12–1pm in eZone 1, Duhig building, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the UQ Library website.

Public Lecture: Austen in the Age of Trump

A scandal has befallen the world of Jane Austen scholarship: its author has been embraced by Nazis. The global white supremacist movement has begun to cite Austen’s novels as portraits of the polite, tradition-bound society that they believe would characterise their white 'enthnostates.' Austen scholars have responded to this news with predictable horror, defending themselves as a “rational, compassionate, and liberal-minded people". The problem, however, is that the Nazis have a point: Austen’s novels articulate a nationalism that is, in fact, racist, and in this talk, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Spencer Jackson will analyse this nationalism and discuss the points of ambivalence within it. This lecture will take place on Thursday 27 July from 6–7.30pm in the UQ Art Museum. Visit the Art Museum website for more information, or RSVP here.

The Dust Never Settles: a student concert

The ongoing collaboration between the School of Music’s composition students and the UQ Art Museum’s exhibitions continues in 2017. This year, Bachelor of Music (Honours) students, Heidi Chan, Toukie Wood and Eleanor Brimblecombe are composing new works responding to the themes of the exhibition ‘The Dust Never Settles’. This concert will take place on Sunday 30 July from 6–9pm at the UQ Art Museum. Please RSVP to avoid disappointment, or visit the Art Museum website for more information.

UQ Centre for Clinical Research Seminar

UQ staff and students are invited to attend the UQCCR seminar by Professor Alex Leff (UCL) titled ‘iReadMore therapy for patients with Central Alexia: What gets better and how does the brain change?’. This seminar will take place on Tuesday 1 August from 12–1pm at the UQCCR auditorium, level 2, building 71, RBWH, Herston. For more information, visit the UQCCR website.

2017 HaBS 3MT Faculty Final

Staff and students are invited to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. PhD students will describe their thesis in engaging three-minute presentations and compete for a spot in the UQ 3MT® Final to be held at Customs House in September. The Faculty Final will be held on Thursday 3 August from 10–11.30am (including morning tea) in the St. Leo's Boardroom, St. Leo's College (building 36F), College Road, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the HaBS 3MT website, or contact Alisa Pratt on 336 56744. 

UQ Undergraduate Research Conference 2017

UQ staff and students are warmly invited to show their support for presenters at this year’s UQ Undergraduate Research Conference. The multidisciplinary conference is in its seventh year and celebrates the quality and breadth of research conducted by undergraduate students as part of UQ’s Research Week. Lucky door prizes will be drawn for audience members, and an opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award for each category. Join us directly after the finals of the Elevator Pitch when we will announce the winners of the best presentation awards and the winner of the Elevator Pitch competition. The conference will take place on 13–14 September at the Global Change Institute, UQ St Lucia. Register here.

50 Stories writing competition

Alumni Friends celebrate a Golden Jubilee in 2017. That’s 50 years of personal connections and memories at UQ. The student writing competition is an opportunity for current students to share stories of their time at UQ and be published on the 50 Stories website. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, and winning entries will be announced in October. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enter, and UQ staff can help by raising awareness and encouraging their students to enter. Stories should be between 500–1000 words in length, and entries close on Saturday 30 September. For more information, visit the Alumni Friends website.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'What do reproduction and memory have in common? The epigenetic regulator H2A.B' (19.07.17)

UQ Tea and Tours: RD Milns Antiquities Museum (20.07.17)

HMNS Three Minute Thesis Competition (21.07.17)



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



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Tuck into Meat-free Monday

What you eat can be the single largest contributor to your personal carbon footprint. One way to help reduce the environmental impact of your food choices is by eating less meat – why not start on Monday 21 August, Sustainability Week’s Meat-free Monday? Tuck into a delicious vegan burger from the MooFree Burgers Food Truck, which will be serving lip-smacking lunches in the Great Court from 10am–2pm, and find more tasty Sustainability Week events in the full program. You can get the lowdown on how less meat can be more beneficial for the planet here.

Chill out in Freezer Month

Get ready to turn up the heat, because August is Freezer Month! Green Labs and the Sustainability Office are once again inviting UQ Labs to defrost, chill up and clean out your lab freezers. Make sure you register by Friday 28 July for your chance to win a lab pizza party, and the first eight labs to get on board will receive free gloves and ice scrapers. Register online today!

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Pets for Life: adopt your new best friend

UQ Gatton has some very cute dogs and cats who would love to find their fur-ever home with you or someone you know. The Clinical Studies Centre has a rotational colony of animals for teaching veterinary science and technology students, who become available for adoption as new ones arrive. All adoptable animals are health-checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, and worm and flea treated prior to adoption. Perhaps you’d like to meet Dewie, a middle-aged Staffy X who thrives on couch snuggles, or Disney, an active young Kelpie who loves to run. If you think one of these lovable faces could fit into your life, visit the Pets for Life website or Facebook page to view their full details and other adoptable animals.

Come and Try Week at UQ Sport

Ever wanted to try out the UQ Sport venues for free? To welcome the new semester, UQ Sport are swinging open their doors and inviting you to Come and Try Week, kicking off Monday 24 July. They have jam-packed next week with selected activities, including free group fitness classes, short courses, social sports and exclusive venue access. Check out the UQ Sport website to see the full schedule.

Mat Pilates at PACE

The next six week term for Mat Pilates will run at 7am each Thursday from 27 July–31 August at the PACE Building, UQ St Lucia. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the term costs $60. This is a great way to give yourself a full body workout to build muscle, improve your strength, increase flexibility and improve posture alignment and control. This class is suitable for all ages and abilities, but if you are pregnant or injured please notify your instructor. To sign up, email Jenny Usher at info@flairpilates.com.au. For further information visit the Flair Pilates website.

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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UQ Procurement Training opportunities

Are you regularly involved in purchasing goods/services? Have an upcoming significant purchase? Want to learn about procurement processes? The Central Procurement team have awarded a contract to Major Training Services to conduct Level 1, 2 and 3 procurement training. Completion of these courses will help staff learn and understand sound procurement practices, benefits of managing procurement risk, procurement legal and policy frameworks, and how to achieve value-for-money outcomes. For more information and to register for Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3, download an Expression of Interest form by selecting ‘register’. For queries email procurement@uq.edu.au.

Understanding the Australian Health Care System course now available

Understanding the Australian Health Care System is an online course led by Dr Cherri Ryan, Professor Mieke van Driel and Dr Allyson Mutch from the Faculty of Medicine. Originally created as a private course for UQ medical students, it has now been made freely available on edX.org for anyone to access. The course teaches learners to understand and navigate the Australian health care system by following patient journeys. Staff who would like to use this resource in their on-campus course can contact Kym Ward for more information. To learn more about the course or sign up, visit the edX website.

QBI ECR Career Workshop on lecturing skills

Is your goal to include teaching in your career? What are the steps required to becoming a lecturer? How can you become a lecturer that stands out from the others? What strategies and teaching techniques are used at UQ? If you have been asking yourself these questions, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will take place on Thursday 17 August from 1.30–4.30pm in auditorium L7, Queensland Brain Institute, building 79, UQ St Lucia. Visit the QBI ECR Committee website to find more details about the speakers and to register for the event.

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff that would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. To organise an appointment with an eLearning Advisor, please follow the steps as outlined on the eLearning Solutions Service website.

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

  • Learn.UQ Basics: 9.30am–12pm, Tuesday 18 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics: 9.30am–12pm, Tuesday 18 July, Gatton
  • TurnItIn: 10am–12pm, Wednesday 19 July, St Lucia
  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix: 9.30am–12pm, Thursday 20 July, Herston
  • TurnItIn: 1.30–3.30pm, Thursday 20 July, Herston
  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix: 1–3pm, Thursday 20 July, Gatton

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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Are you interested in maintaining a healthy brain?

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

Do you go to group exercise classes?

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18+ who go to at least one group exercise class per week with the same instructor. The study aims to investigate how the leadership style of instructors, the group nature of classes, and the exercise space may influence participant’s attendance and effort. Participants are invited to complete two online surveys, four weeks apart, taking no longer than 10 minutes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to enter a randomly drawn raffle for a $50 sport store gift card following the completion of the second survey. Details: complete survey here, or contact Emma Slade

Seeking volunteers with knee pain

UQ 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 attend a single testing session of approximately two hours at the UQ, St Lucia campus. 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 Anna Hatton

Are you an elite female athlete?

Seeking elite female athletes who are (a) 16 years or older, (b) currently competing and representing their state, or competing at a national or international level in their sport, and (c) training or competing eight hours per week. The study aims to investigate sport-related weight pressures, body image satisfaction, and social physique anxiety in elite female athletes. Participants are invited to complete an online survey that takes approximately 20–30 minutes. Details: Complete the survey here, or contact Ashleigh Olive

Understanding the rhythms of the brain

Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMRB) are seeking healthy adults aged 18–30 years to participate in a study assessing human brain activity. The aim of this study is to use brain stimulation (TMS) to temporarily modify brain activity in a non-invasive, safe and painless way, and to use electroencephalogram (EEG) to map how stimulation influences brain activity. The study involves two sessions of about two hours each, at QIMRB, Herston. Each session involves brain stimulation (TMS) and recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Caitlin Hall

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: click here, or contact Trishan Gajanand

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Student volunteers are wanted for a research project focusing on 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, UQ St Lucia. Details: click here, or contact Scott Heath

Seeking volunteers with dry mouth

UQ researchers are seeking adult volunteers aged 18 and over with dry mouth (xerostomia). The study will involve tasting five different flavoured lozenges and an orally dissolving tablet, and completing a questionnaire regarding opinions of the products, medical history and cause of xerostomia. The lozenges contain a low dose of pilocarpine (increases saliva production); some health conditions preclude participation so volunteers will be screened for eligibility via an inclusion and exclusion form. Testing will take place at PACE, School of Pharmacy, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba. Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 Coles/Myer voucher for their time and travel. Details: Rose Estafanos

Tell us how you treat teething pain in children

Please complete this survey to tell us about your experiences of managing teething pain. This anonymous survey will take five to 10 minutes to complete. Ten $30 Coles/Myer vouchers are up for grabs – just enter your email into the separate form at the end of the survey to enter. We would like to hear from as many people as possible, so please also forward the link to your parenting networks.

Do you have pain on the outer side of your hip?

Volunteers aged 30–70 with pain on the outside of the hip are sought to participate in a UQ study of pain perception and physical function. Eligible participants will receive a free clinical assessment and information about their condition. Complete this survey for eligibility. Details: Melanie Plinsinga


Human robot interaction study

Participants are needed for a study on human robot interaction at the School of ITEE. You will be asked to listen to three stories told by a robot and to answer questions about the content of the stories. The study involves minimal risk and takes 30 minutes at the Axon building, UQ St Lucia. No financial compensation. Details: Dr Gautier Durantin

Concussion Research Study

Are you aged 18–40 years and play a contact sport? Are you interested in helping understand the consequences of concussion? This study may involve all or a combination of: MRI scans, cognitive testing, blood and saliva samples and use of an actigraph. Participants must be healthy and have no history of neurological symptoms or severe concussions that have led to unconsciousness for over 30 minutes. Participants will receive $50 for travel expenses for participation in all aspects of the study. Participants’ data will be anonymised and they will receive an image of their brain. Details: Fatima Nasrallah

Have you experienced infertility?

Individuals and couples who have experienced fertility issues or have sought medical intervention for infertility are needed to examine the relationship between emotional, relational and coping issues associated with infertility. Participants are asked to complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 40 minutes, and in return, they are then eligible to go into the draw to win one of three $20 Coles Myer gift cards. Details: Alethea Cotmore

Recently sprained your ankle

Volunteers aged 18–40 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 Myer gift card. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Fathers of children with hearing loss

Fathers of children born in Queensland with hearing loss and aged 3–36 months are sought for a family-centered study to explore the needs of parents of children with hearing loss. If you are a father of a child with hearing loss, you are in the best position to help achieve this goal. Volunteers will be asked to participate in one individual interview (approximately 30 minutes), either face-to-face or over the telephone or Skype, and to complete a short 20-item questionnaire (approximately 10 minutes). Details: Mansoureh Nickbakht

How your eyes move

Volunteers with experience of booking accommodation online (for example, on Airbnb.com, Booking.com, etc.) are sought for an eye tracking study. The session takes 20–30 minutes and you will receive a $20 shopping voucher. You will get the opportunity after the session to review your eye movements. Details: Nazila Babakhani

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, UQ 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

Would you like to try a standing workstation?

UQ researchers are looking for individuals with low back pain who would like to try two different standing workstation set-ups. To be eligible you must work at a computer for at least part of your regular workday. Participants are required to perform their normal computer work in the Therapies building, UQ St Lucia for one hour on two occasions. Details: Dr Michelle Smith

How lower back pain affects brain processing of sensory information?

People with lower back pain and healthy adults aged 18+ are sought for this 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 two to three 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, UQ St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Improving motor learning by mimicking slow wave sleep in the awake brain

Seeking right-handed volunteers aged 18–35 with no history of neurological disorders or concussion for a study using non-invasive brain stimulation. The study will investigate the effects of slow wave sleep oscillations in the awake brain on motor learning and brain plasticity. The experiment involves a single 1.5-hour session at UQ St Lucia, where you will be required to perform a motor learning task (quick movements of the thumb) and receive non-invasive electrical and magnetic brain stimulation. Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Ilze Willis

Do you have limited hand function?

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18 and over with limited hand function to participate in a study investigating tablet crushing devices. You will try crushing a tablet in nine different crushers and complete a questionnaire about their usability. The study can take approximately 25 minutes and take place at UQ St Lucia or the UQ School of Pharmacy (20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba). Please contact Su to arrange a convenient time. Participants will be offered a confectionery gift as a token of appreciation. Details: Su Vin Lee

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