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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Tuesday 6 October 2015


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Emotional Fitness with Cynthia Morton

This week is National Mental Health Week, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the community. UQ is hosting a number of events, which are open to all UQ staff and students. The key event of the week is “Building Emotional Fitness with Cynthia Morton” at 12.30pm this Thursday 8 October

Cynthia is a multi-award winning public speaker who overcame adversity and destructive patterns in her life to develop a program of “emotional workouts” to help people achieve balance, resilience and self-acceptance. Attendees will have the opportunity to self reflect and review their current state of emotional fitness in all areas of daily life. For more information, and to register for events, click here.









October is National Safe Work Month

UQ is supporting National Safe Work Month with a number of activities and events planned across all campuses during October, designed to focus on health and safety in our workplaces.

Free skin checks, back and posture assessments, heart health assessments, mindfulness training sessions and a variety of OHS training sessions will be included in the month's activities. See the full calendar of events here.

For more information about work, health and safety at UQ go to the OHS website.

Academic Board Elections

In accordance with the timetable approved by the Academic Board on Monday 2 February 2015, voting is now open for election to the Academic Board for 2016–2018 of Professors and members of the non-professorial teaching or research staff.

All Professors (professorial members) and non-professorial teaching or research staff (non-professorial members) who are employed under a 12-month or more contract requiring a minimum of 18 hours work per week at level A or above are eligible to vote.

For instructions on how to vote, and to cast your vote, click here. It is recommended that staff use either Firefox or Google Chrome to access the voting website. Staff will be prompted to login with their username and password.

Voting closes at 9am on Wednesday 7 October 2015. Elections will be conducted in accordance with Senate Rule – The Academic Board, which can be accessed here. If you have any questions about this process, contact Tina Ferguson, Elections Officer on ext. 53360.

UniFi Essential Maintenance Outage

UniFi will be unavailable from 5pm Thursday 8 October until 8am Monday 12 October due to essential maintenance patching which is necessary to ensure our systems are both secure and up to date. Please click here for information on how users will be affected.

Individual Flexibility Arrangement for Additional Recreation Leave

Staff wishing to enter into an Individual Flexibility Arrangement for Additional Recreation Leave are reminded that they need to have a completed and approved form forwarded to Human Resources by Saturday 31 October. Further information about the Individual Flexibility Arrangement for Additional Recreation Leave, including eligibility, can be found in the Individual Flexibility Arrangement Procedures or by contacting your HR Client Services team

Dropbox for Business at UQ

Information Technology Services has been working closely with Dropbox to deliver the Dropbox for Business service to the UQ community. Dropbox for Business offers unlimited cloud data storage and sharing capabilities for your work files. For more information on this service, visit www.its.uq.edu.au/dropbox or email the ITS team at dropbox@uq.edu.au.

UQ News TV

This week's episode of UQ News TV highlights the work of UQ vertebrate palaeoecologist Dr Gilbert Price, who said researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia’s early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped. “The one-centimetre bone, an osteoderm, came from under the lizard’s skin and is the youngest record of a giant lizard on the entire continent.”




QAAFI Science Seminar

Dr Simon Phipps, Senior Research Officer, School of Biomedical Sciences at UQ will present a seminar on "Danger molecules from a damaged airway epithelium contribute to viral bronchiolitis and predispose to subsequent asthma." This event will be held on Tuesday 6 October from 12pm–1pm in the Seminar Room, Level 3, Qld Bioscience Precinct. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) Finals and Award Ceremony

Join us for the finals of the $10,000 SISCA Competition and watch the finalists pitch their presentations to a jury. This event will be held on Thursday 8 October from 10am–12pm in the ground floor seminar room, AIBN. Lunch will be provided following the event. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Celestien Warnaar-Notschaele by 5pm Tuesday 6 October.

UQEI Energy Express Seminar

The Energy Express seminar series is designed to provide a monthly forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. In this seminar co-hosted with the UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation and the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, Mr Rafael Cayuela, Corporate Chief Economist at Dow Chemicals, Switzerland, will share his views on Grand Challenges to 2050 and what this means for the engineering profession. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 7 October from 6pm–7pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, followed by light refreshments until 8pm. RSVP with any dietary requirements by Tuesday 6 October. For more information, click here or email the UQ Energy Initiative team.

SMI Seminar Series

Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, Professor Chris Moran, will present a seminar on "Value seeking: Is the definition of productivity too narrow to protect and grow value?" The seminar will be held on Thursday 8 October from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, please contact Hannah Fry.

New Horizons Public Address by the High Commissioner for India in Australia

His Excellency Mr Navdeep Suri, the Indian High Commissioner, will give a public address in which he will provide an insight into his thoughts on the future direction and possible strategies envisaged in strengthening the India-Australia relationship with an emphasis on developing joint partnerships, research collaboration and industry engagement. This event will be held on Thursday 8 October from 5.15pm–6pm in the GHD Auditorium, Level 3, Advanced Engineering Building. For more information, click here or email global.engagement@uq.edu.au.

2015 Skerman Lecture

Professor Alan Cooper from the University of Adelaide will present this year's Skerman Lecture on the topic of "Using ancient DNA to time travel through megafaunal extinctions, climate change and human microbiomes". The seminar will be held on Friday 9 October from 4pm–5pm in room 360, Physiology Building with refreshments to follow. For more information and to register, click here or email science.events@uq.edu.au.

Languages and Cultures Seminar: Professor David Katan

The School of Languages and Cultures will host two seminars by Professor David Katan, Professor of English and Translation at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy).

The first seminar will focus on the impact of the context of culture on translation "Translation as intercultural communication - a risky business". This event will be held in room 115, Sir Llew Edwards Building from 3pm–5pm on Friday 9 October.

The second seminar will discuss "From cultural barriers to access through abusive subtitling and transcreation". This event will be held in room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building from 9am–10am on Friday 9 October. For more information about these events, click here.

Languages and Cultures Seminar: Dr Geoff Wilkes

UQ's Dr Geoff Wilkes, Senior Lecturer in German, School of Languages and Cultures, will present a seminar on "Gabriele Reuter's Aus guter Familie (1895) and her subsequent career." He will discuss how the novel examines the position of middle-class women in late 19th-century Germany through the protagonist Agathe, and then further explore her predicament and solutions. This event will be held on Friday 9 October from 1pm–2pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information click here.

Research Computing Centre Seminar

Professor Mark Miller, Principal Investigator, Biology, at the San Diego Supercomputer Centre will present a seminar on "The CIPRES Science Gateway, a public resource for Phylogenetics". The seminar will be held on Friday 9 October from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information, click here or RSVP to rcc-admin@uq.edu.au

13th Annual Science Undergraduate Research Conference

The Science Undergraduate Research Conference is an opportunity for second–third-year science students to showcase their knowledge and share research outcomes achieved under the mentorship of top researchers. This is an authentic scientific conference experience for presenters and the audience. Fellow students, family, and the public are welcome. The event will be held on Saturday 10 October from 8.55am-4.30pm in the Advanced Engineering Building Auditorium and Foyer. RSVP to science.enquiries@uq.edu.au.

2015 Latin American Colloquium

UQ and the Latin American Heads of Mission are hosting a full-day forum on Australia-Latin America relations. With support from the Council on Australia Latin American Relations (COALAR), this year's colloquium seeks to re-position the dialogue to prepare for key challenges and opportunities likely to emerge over the next 5 to 10 years. Sessions will explore Indigenous business and engagement, entrepreneurship, collaboration, agribusiness and agriculture research, water, trade and investment, and the role of education in leading Australian and Latin American innovation and partnerships. The Colloquium will be held on Thursday 15 October, and attendees are welcome to attend the full day or select the sessions of interest to you. Register your attendance by Thursday 8 October.

UQ Early Career Researchers (ECR) Symposium

The 6th Annual ECR Symposium will bring together ECRs from 13 Life Science Institutes across Brisbane. The symposium, held on Friday 4 December from 9am–5pm at the Advanced Engineering Building, will feature oral and poster presentations and talks on career development by invited speakers. This is the perfect opportunity to present your exciting work while discovering the research of other ECRs from all over Brisbane. Registration and abstract submissions will open on Thursday 1 October, and free early-bird registration closes on Thursday 15 October. A $30 registration fee applies from Friday 16 October and abstract submission closes on Saturday 31 October.
For more information, email ecr-symposium@imb.uq.edu.au.

Courting the Greats - UQ's Annual Alumni Awards celebration

Join our MC, UQ alumna and media expert Madonna King (Bachelor of Arts, 1985) at Brisbane City Hall for an uplifting evening as we recognise the outstanding accomplishments of our distinguished 2015 UQ Alumni Award winners. The event will take place on Wednesday 21 October from 6pm–9pm at Brisbane City Hall. For more information, to learn about the 2015 award winners and to register attendance, click here.

Public Seminar: Engaging Students as Partners and as Change Agents

Professor Mick Healey, Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, will present an open seminar at 10am, followed by a workshop at 11am on Friday 23 October in room 313A, Advanced Engineering Building. This interactive session will explore four ways in which students may be engaged as partners through learning, teaching and assessment; subject-based research and inquiry; scholarship of teaching and learning; and through curriculum design and pedagogic advice and consultancy. For more information, click here, and to register click here.

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health seminar

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health will host a seminar on "Grant writing for NHMRC: planning for Indigenous participation in your research" on Friday 23 October from 9am–10.30am (registration from 8:45am) in the Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building. The seminar will provide an overview of addressing criteria in NHMRC Indigenous health research grant applications, as well as an opportunity to discuss approaches to developing and implementing research in collaboration with indigenous and mainstream health service providers. The session will also include integrating ethics into the grant development process and ownership and dissemination of research findings. For more information contact Rachel Bastin by email r.bastin@uq.edu.au or phone ext 57317, and to register click here.

Teaching and Learning Week - Public Lecture

Dr George Siemens, Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University, Canada, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Teaching and Learning Week. Dr Siemens is best known as a pioneer and critic of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and is the author of Knowing Knowledge, which explores the changing context and characteristics of knowledge. Dr Siemens will present a public lecture on Monday 2 November 12.30pm–1.30pm in the Abel Smith Lecture Theatre. No registration is required. For more information contact Pauline Pavier by email or by phone on ext 57255.

Other upcoming events 

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Vision in an Uncertain World: Processing of Contour Orientation in Human Primary Visual Cortex (7.10.15)

The Edge Student Leadership Series (7.10.15)

Fathers' Job Flexibility and Mothers' Return to Employment (7.10.15)

Country Challenge on Campus (7.10.15)

Economic and Ecological Development in China: The Case of Xiamen Since 1980 by Professor Ts'ui-jung Liu (7.10.15)

Languages and Cultures Seminar: Vietnamese EFL high school teachers' self-assessment and maintenance of their target language proficiency (9.10.15)

Using the Cosmed portable metabolic cart in applied physiology research in swimming (9.10.15)


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



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Volunteers plant 4400 trees in stage two of riverbank restoration

Stage two of the St Lucia campus riverbank restoration project attracted more than 150 keen volunteers and saw approximately 4400 trees planted. The plants will provide important habitat for native wildlife and enhance biodiversity on campus, while helping to prevent erosion and improve water quality. The event also included a riverbank rubbish clean-up, with more than 40 bags of rubbish collected by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Read the full story here, and to find out about future tree planting and volunteering opportunities with the Sustainability Office, subscribe to the UQ Sustainability Events and Volunteering Notification List or follow UQ Sustainability on Facebook.

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The ARTS: UNCUT-The Show Must Go On

The ARTS UQ showcase is back as it presents The ARTS: UNCUT- The Show Must Go On. The performance features a diverse range of theatrical antics, from William Shakespeare's Star Wars to Commedia Dell'arte, comedy to melodrama, pretty princesses to time capsules, and all the catastrophe behind the curtains. The event will be held on Friday 9 October from 7.30pm–10.30pm at the Schonell Theatre. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for student/concession, and $8 for members. Click here to book tickets, or for more information email theartsuq@outlook.com.

Diversity Call Panel Discussion

Diversity Call is a panel discussion hosted by the UQ Union Association of Postgraduate Students, designed to initiate conversation about social diversity in the workplace and in places of study. The panellists will open the conversation and share their experience about diverse topics that include culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, gender, sexuality, equity, privilege, inclusion and proactive change towards diversity. This event will be held in room 234, Parnell Building, on Friday 16 October from 6pm–8pm. This is a free event and refreshments and finger food will be served following discussions. For more information and to register, click here, or email UQU APS.

School of Music - Kakadu at QPAC

The UQ School of Music is pleased to announce a very special performance on Sunday 18 October from 2pm–4pm. Conductor Warwick Potter showcases the versatility of The UQ Symphony Orchestra in a performance full of evocative works. From the vistas conjured in Peter Sculthorpe's Kakadu, to Vaughan Williams's delicate and beautiful The Lark Ascending, with soloist UQ violin lecturer Associate Professor Adam Chalabi. Also on the program is a rare performance of Elgar's Symphony No.1 in A-flat major. Discover UQ's emerging talent, purchase tickets online from the QPAC website. For more information contact Jo Geromin.

Having a baby? Go swimming for free

UQ Sport is offering pregnant women a free 14–month pass to the UQ Aquatic Centre. The free access is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am–11am and Saturdays from 1pm–2.30pm. Please drop into the Aquatic Centre and speak to the friendly pool staff to sign up. For more information click here or contact the Aquatic Centre on 3365 6612.

Adelaide Hills come to Customs House

Ben Tolstoshev, from The Lane Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, is bringing his family wines to Customs House for one night only. The kitchen team at Customs House has designed a four-course dinner to express the authentic and unique message of The Lane Vineyard. The dinner will be held on Thursday 22 October from 7pm–10.30pm. UQ staff will receive a special price of $100 per person, which includes dinner and wine. To see the menu click here and for bookings phone 3365 8999.

2015 Heartfelt Dinner

The UQ Burns Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre's annual Heartfelt Dinner will be an evening of fine food, wine, great prizes and an exciting art auction, all with the aim of raising funds for life-saving research that will improve outcomes for burns, trauma and critically ill patients at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. This event will take place on Friday 6 November from 6.30–11pm at Aqualinea Restaurant, Teneriffe. Tickets are $150 each. For more information click here or contact Sia Athanasas on 3346 4932

UQ Wellness Online Health Assessment (OHA)

UQ staff are encouraged to obtain a personal health and wellbeing profile by completing the OHA. As an added incentive, each staff member who completes the OHA is eligible to win one of the remaining six Garmin Vivofit devices (rrp $110) that monitor physical activity and movement to assist in achieving healthy lifestyle goals. The OHA will remain open until the end of October. For more information about the UQ Wellness Portal or the Online Health Assessment, click here or contact Vicki McNabb

UQ Oral Health Centre Paediatric Clinic

The UQ Oral Health Centre Patient Clinics offer a wide range of dental and oral health services including oral healthcare for infants, pre-schoolers, pre-teens and teenagers at very discounted rates. To request an appointment with the Paediatric Clinic call 3365 8019 or email appointments@dentistry.uq.edu.au.

Need assistance with your child or teenager? 

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is offering individual appointments for $25 per hour. The clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their children or teenagers. Its staff are also specialists in conducting Triple P programs. The types of difficulties addressed include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and other teen issues. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on 3365 7290 or cfpc@psy.uq.edu.au

Physiotherapy for general musculoskeletal or sports injuries

The UQ Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic provides physiotherapy for a wide variety of injuries including general musculoskeletal or sporting injuries. Health fund rebates may apply. The general public, staff and students are welcome and free parking is available. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 3365 2232 or healthclinics@uq.edu.au.   

Triple P for parents of children with type 1 diabetes

Are you a parent of a child aged 2–10 with type 1 diabetes? Do you want to learn more about managing child behaviour, anxiety or illness? Positive Parenting for Healthy Living Triple P offers parents simple strategies in two group sessions, each two hours long. The program is offered free-of-charge to eligible participants as part of a research project in the Parenting and Family Support Centre. For more information, click here or contact Dr Amy Mitchell on 3346 1202.

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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Articulating Impact in Your OLT Grant Application Workshop

ITaLI is hosting a workshop on Articulating Impact in Your OLT Grant Application, facilitated by Tilly Hinton on Wednesday 7 October from 10am–12pm. The workshop is designed for people seeking or currently holding learning and teaching grant funding. It will explore what impact means in the context of grant funding and share practical strategies for projects at any stage, from conception onwards. Tilly will also be available after the workshop for individual consultations with prospective grant applicants between 1pm–4pm. For more information or to register click here or email teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

National Australian Graduate Survey Universe Training Session

This information session is for those who are interested in learning more about the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) data. This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the data and receive face-to-face guidance on how to create reports to meet your specific needs. The training will be held on Thursday 15 October from 9.30am–12.30pm, including time for questions at the end. It is assumed that course attendees have a basic understanding of Business Objects, as the focus of the session will be on the data. For more information and to register, click here. Please note that places are limited.

eLearning workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2015. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • ResponseWare - Monday 9 November, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Thursday 12 November, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Friday 13 November, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams - Tuesday 17 November, St Lucia
  • UQ Active Learning tools - Thursday 19 November, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Tuesday 24 November, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Tuesday 24 November, St Lucia

ResponseWare (web-based clickers) workshop

TurningPoint ResponseWare, a virtual clickers solution, can be used in lectures and tutorials to facilitate active learning. The system allows staff to include a variety of interactive question types in their lectures including multiple choice, multiple response and short answer questions. This workshop will cover practical skills in setting up questions in PowerPoint, delivering your presentation and viewing student responses. The next workshop is on the Monday 9 November at the St Lucia campus. Visit the Staff Development site to register.

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:

Staff Development Update

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 Study about

Office workers with neck pain needed

Workers who use a computer for more than 20 hours per week and have current neck pain are sought for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of posture at computer on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive $50 plus free assessments of their workstation and work posture guide. Testing is conducted at your workstation while you work. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Help us understand compassionate action

Researchers from the School of Psychology have teamed up with the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University to explore how we assess a person's motivation to be compassionate. The study is a simple online survey that takes 20 minutes to complete. We value and encourage input from all kinds of adults over 18. For more information and to complete the survey, click here. Details: Dr James Kirby.

Brain rhythms and plasticity study

Volunteers are sought for a study seeking to investigate whether plasticity induced in the brain can be strengthened and made longer-lasting. Participation will involve two non-invasive brain stimulation sessions, one week apart, conducted at QBI. Each session would last about two hours, and participants will be compensated $10 per hour. Details: Martin Sale.

Korean-Australians language study

Researchers are seeking Korean-Australians who were either born and raised in Australia, or immigrated before the age of 16 for a study. Participation will include completing a survey, which will take 60–90 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed with a $35 gift card. Details: complete the survey or contact Dr Min Jung Jee

Neck pain and brain changes

Volunteers aged 18–55, who are suffering from neck pain are sought for a study to investigate how neck pain changes the brain. The study involves one three-hour session using EMG electrodes on neck muscles and transcranial magnetic stimulation to map the representation of your neck muscles in the brain. $50 reimbursement is available. Details: Edith Elgueta.

Hypertensive and normotensive panellists invited for sensory trial

Volunteers aged between 40–60, who do not smoke, are wanted for a study related to salty taste and salt-taste sensitivity. The study aims to improve human health by reducing the sodium content in the diet, thereby maintaining a good taste of food. The taste compounds will be food grade. Each participant will receive a gift voucher. Details: Anja Winkelbach.

Could you be the fastest driver around Bathurst?

Healthy males ages 18–50 are needed for this study, which will include one screening, four familiarisations and three testing sessions at St Lucia. The study will determine the influence of dehydration on simulated car racing performance. You will get to race around Bathurst Mount Panorama in a V8 Supercar simulator under the conditions drivers face during a race. Participants will receive feedback on their physiological responses to heat and dehydration, driving performance and driving style. Details: Justin Holland.

Impact of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on picture naming.

Participants should be between 18-35 years old, have no metal in their head and not have a neurostimulator or pacemaker. The study consists of two sessions of picture naming tasks with a gap of approximately two-three days between sessions. Each session will last approximately 1 hour. $40 reimbursement is available at the end of the second session. The study will take place at Herston Campus. Details: Anais Llorens.

Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

Researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 18–55 who are thinking about quitting smoking. The project will compare the effects of two types of exercise: high-intensity interval training and lifestyle physical activity over 12 weeks, to see how well exercise helps with a quit attempt. Participants receive free supervised exercise sessions for 12 weeks, and will also receive free health and fitness tests at the St Lucia campus. Travel costs for testing will be reimbursed. Details: Click here or contact Toby Pavey (3366 9898).

Do standing or walking desks help people to work better?

UQ staff are sought to visit the Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Building and to spend a day completing their own computer work using a standing and walking desk. Details: Dr Nicholas Gilson.

Elbow pain study

Researchers are seeking people with elbow pain to participate in a study investigating sensation. Eligible participants will receive a free clinical assessment and $20 to cover travel expenses. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Healthy adults 55–70 years old invited to participate in neuroimaging study

Healthy adults aged 55–70 are invited to participate in a UQ research project focusing on language, learning, emotion and memory. Assessments include two neuroimaging sessions at St Lucia (magnetic resonance imaging) and paper-and-pen tests, lasting around one and a half hours. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Data from this group will be used as reference data for the interpretation of data acquired from people with Parkinson's disease. Details: Dr Christina Knuepffer.

Adults aged 60 and over invited for brain imaging study

Healthy adults who are aged 60+ with normal or corrected vision, have no history of neurological injury or impairment and are MRI safe are sought for an fMRI study. Participants will be checked for MRI suitability prior to testing. Participation will include a 50-minute session in the scanner and $20 reimbursement is available. Details: Corinne Bareham (3346 6326).

Asthma prevention in high-risk children–volunteers needed for trial

Children younger than nine months old, and pregnant women are sought to participate in a study aimed at researching a prevention for asthma. If you or your partner have allergies or asthma in your family, please contact Julie Varghese to participate in this Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute study, or for more information. Details: Julie.v@uq.edu.au (3069 7444).

Adults aged 50–70 with Parkinson's disease sought for study

Adults aged 50–70 who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are invited to participate in a UQ research project focusing on language, learning, emotion and memory. Assessments include two neuroimaging sessions at St Lucia (magnetic resonance imaging) and paper-and-pen tests, lasting around one and a half hours. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Details: Dr Christina Knuepffer.


Free dietary analysis and exercise sessions for men with prostate cancer

The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is seeking men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or who currently have prostate cancer, and men treated with androgen deprivation therapy (hormone replacement) for longer than three months. Eligible participants will receive free dietary analysis, exercise sessions and health assessments from an accredited practising dietician and a clinical exercise physiologist. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking will be provided. Details: Brenton Baguley.

Free nutrition and exercise training for overweight children and adolescents 

Overweight children and adolescents aged 7–16 are needed for this study, which will include 10 free sessions with an accredited dietitian, supervised exercise training and health assessments. The study will involve twice-weekly exercise sessions for 12 weeks, as well as fitness testing, body composition scans, heart and blood vessel assessment. Participants will receive their health and fitness results. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: click here or contact Katrin Dias.

Free exercise testing for young healthy males

Young healthy males aged 18-35 are needed for this study, which will include three exercise testing sessions. The study will involve the testing of a nutritional supplement for 28 days and participants will receive detailed analysis of their antioxidant defense system, as well as proteins and genes contributing to health. Free parking will be provided and participants will receive $150 remuneration. Details: Alistair Mallard.

Free foot assessment and footwear advice

Researchers require healthy women aged 50+ who are interested in what kind of foot type they have and what footwear they are best suited to. Participation will include having a detailed foot assessment as well as tests of balance and leg muscle function. Based on these assessments, participants will be provided with recommendations for sporting and casual footwear. Details: Narelle Wyndow.

Do you suffer from lateral hip pain?

Volunteers aged 35–70 with pain and tenderness on the outside of their hip are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve diagnostic investigation and undergoing either an eight-week physiotherapy program, a corticosteroid injection to your hip or advice on tendon management. Details: email sirph@uq.edu.au (3346 7485).

Free exercise training

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

Health assessment for children and adolescents

Looking for children and adolescents aged 7–16 for free, comprehensive health assessments. Testing includes fitness testing, body composition measurements and cardiovascular health assessments. You will receive a report following completion of assessments. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: Click here or contact Katrin Dias.

Does knee pain limit your recreational activity?

Seeking male volunteers aged 40–55 who suffer from chronic knee pain to participate in a clinical trial. The trial will take place over a two-week period and involves a comparison between a knee guard device and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory formulation. There will be two assessment sessions, involving physical tests and questionnaires to be undertaken at the St Lucia campus. On completion of the trial a reimbursement of $40 will be available for participants. Details: To complete the pre-trial survey click here. Contact sirph@uq.edu.au (3365 1383).

Neuroimaging of visual processing

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–35 for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of visual processing in the brain at St Lucia. The study involves making judgments about coloured shapes while inside the MRI scanner. Volunteers must have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, and must not be colour-blind. The study will take two hours, with $20 reimbursement is provided. Details: Michelle Hall.

Why do people keep hurting their back?

Recently hurt your back? If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Adults aged 18–50 who have experienced back pain in the past week are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep hurting their back after suffering an initial episode of back pain. Details: click here or contact Glen Russell (3365 1379).

Healthy volunteers aged 30–70 years

Researchers are seeking healthy people who are free from muscle and joint pain, including elbow pain, to participate in a study investigating sensation. Eligible participants will receive $20 to cover travel expenses. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Volunteers aged 30–60 with no neck or shoulder pain required for study

Volunteers 30–60 years old who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Volunteers with neck pain are required for spine and shoulder posture study

Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 who have had neck pain in the last three months or more are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Alcohol Research Study

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is seeking 18–21 year-old female participants for a study on emotion, personality, and taste perception. The study will consist of two experimental sessions one week apart at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: click here or contact Matthew Gullo.

Seeking people who have experienced headache and/or neck pain recently

Volunteers will be asked to answer questions about their pain and do a short 15-minute physical assessment. Testing will take place at UQ in the Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Building. Details: Stine Ronaas.


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