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UQ Update

University of Queensland
 
 

Monday 21 August 2017

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Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Road disruption notification: Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Sir William MacGregor Drive

Please be advised there will be additional traffic at UQ St Lucia between 7am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August.

This is due to a sporting event at the UQ Sport Athletics Centre on Sir William MacGregor Drive. Only UQ students and staff will be permitted to park in the P7 (Keith Street), P8 and P9 (Sir William MacGregor Drive) parking bays.

All other non-UQ traffic entering Sir William MacGregor Drive from Sir Fred Schonell Drive will be directed to the P10 parking bays. Travelling to campus via public transport is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit the Property and Facilities Division Bulletin Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate life to save many more: join the Australian Organ Donor Register

More than 1400 Australians are today waiting for the gift of a life-saving transplant, with an additional 12,000 waiting for organs that would significantly improve their quality of life.

The Australian Government's Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) is a simple way you can help. DVC(R) Professor Robyn Ward strongly supports the initiative and encourages the UQ community to get involved.

ln 2016, a record 1713 lives were saved through the generosity of 503 deceased organ donors and 267 living donors. By registering, you can ensure that your family have no doubts about your decision to save lives if the unthinkable happens to you. Visit the register to learn more and to make a donation.

Site clearing begins for new UQ student apartments

Tree clearing work will begin this week on the site of UQ’s $250 million Student Residences Project on the St Lucia campus, between Walcott, Hood, Rock and Coldridge streets. Specialist contractors South East Tree Care will remove vegetation under the direction of UQ grounds supervisor Shane Biddle, starting on Thursday 24 August. Work hours will be 7am–3pm. Mr Biddle said 7000 trees would be planted elsewhere on campus as an offset. Watering and mulching is expected to reduce dust from the site. Site clearing will be completed by 20 October 2017 and construction is due to start early in 2018. Property and Facilities Special Projects Manager Peter Sampson can answer any questions.

Wear it Purple Day at UQ

The University of Queensland is proud to celebrate Wear it Purple Day on Friday 25 August. Wear it Purple Day has a simple message: you have the right to be proud of who you are. Who you love and how you define yourself does not change that. The UQ Ally Network would like to invite the UQ community to celebrate Wear it Purple Day by wearing purple on 25 August, coming to the UQ Ally Network Research Spotlight morning tea, and/or hosting an event in your workplace. More information about how you can celebrate Wear it Purple Day at UQ is on the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion website.

Contact readership survey

Staff are invited to provide feedback on UQ’s alumni magazine, Contact, by completing the 2017 readership survey. The survey is designed to improve the magazine for future editions with questions based on all aspects of the publication, such as story ideas, reading habits and digital content. Readers who complete the survey can go into the draw to win a $500 Amazon voucher (conditions apply). The survey will run until Friday 29 September. For more information, email contactmagazine@uq.edu.au. Please note, UQ staff and their families are ineligible for prizes.

EMS ProMaster now live: frequently asked questions available

Last week, UQ’s new Expense Management System, EMS ProMaster, went live. Staff were sent an email with instructions about how to login and more easily claim expenses and domestic travel allowance, and process credit card transactions. To further assist staff with the new system, a set of frequently asked questions has now been published on the Travel and Expense Management (TEM) website. For face-to-face guidance, come along to our lunchbox information sessions:

For more information, visit the TEM website, view the online training, or email fbs.support@uq.edu.au.

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships

Do you have plans for postgraduate study? Whether your focus is Asia, new technology or social change, Westpac’s Future Leaders Scholarships will support talented individuals to undertake postgraduate research or coursework study. Scholars will be exceptional people, chosen for their potential to make a difference to Australia's future. The scholarships are valued at up to $120,000 over two to three years. Applications close on Tuesday 5 September. For more information, visit the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships page.

UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN: program requirements

UQ is proud to be participating in the national SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program (SAGE Pilot), which 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 in March 2019. Visit the UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN website to learn more about the requirements of the SAGE Pilot program.

UQR!SK Symposium: call for creative video presentations about risk

UQR!SK is hosting a three-day symposium, entitled ‘UQR!SK Symposium: New Horizons in Risk Management’, for industry practitioners, regulators and academia. To promote risk-based strategies, the UQR!SK team is calling for two–three minute short videos relevant to hazardous industries, including mineral and resources, manufacturing, transport, chemical, commercial or engineering industries. The video can be presented in the most creative manner possible. The first prize is $500 and second is $300. The deadline for video entries is Friday 3 November. For more information, visit the UQR!SK website.

UQ Senate elections

The UQ Senate is the peak governing body that has direct oversight of the University’s affairs, strategic direction and vision for the future. Elections are held every four years, and nominations are now open for eight positions on the 34th Senate. The positions are: one member of the Academic Board, one member of the University's full-time or part-time academic staff, one member of the University's full-time or part-time general staff, one postgraduate student (for 2018–2019), one undergraduate student (for 2018–2019), and three graduates of the University. Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 20 September. For further enquiries please contact the Elections Officer: uqelections@uq.edu.au, or 336 53360.

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EVENTS

 

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Art Meets Science Exhibition: The coral reef – beautiful yet fragile

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to the sixth Art Meets Science Exhibition at the Ecosciences Precinct, featuring collaborative ceramics artwork by Hong Vo and five other CoralWatch ambassadors. The artworks promote awareness of coral bleaching and the fragility of the reef, and are a reminder that we need to do our part to help save the reef. CoralWatch is an organisation that promotes citizen science and engages people in reef conservation. The exhibition is from 11 August–8 September, weekdays from 9am–5pm. Visit the Art Meets Science exhibition website for more information.

Art Lab: Where art and science collide

Come and enjoy art, science and drinks at the Ecosciences Precinct. The evening begins with drinks and canapés, followed by time to view the sixth Art meets Science Exhibition. Then you can kick back, relax and listen to our panel of artists and scientists discuss where art and science collide. This event will take place on Wednesday 23 August from 5.30–7.30pm at the Ecosciences Precinct. For more information, visit the Art Lab website.

Neoliberalism and the vision of absent security

The Visual Politics Strategic Research Program invites staff, students, and members of the public to a seminar by Associate Professor Bruce Buchan from Griffith University. The seminar examines how security is seen. Is security seen in images of peace and safety, or is it perceived in the depiction of the horrors of violence and suffering? The seminar will be held on Wednesday 23 August from 12–1pm in the UQ Art Museum boardroom. For more information, visit the HASS website, or contact Roland Bleiker.

Round Robin: Curating and writing Indigenous art – tokenism, pluralism and other perspectives

How have curators and writers of Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage presented Indigenous art, and what is at stake in a critical engagement with their work? Join artists, anthropologists, curators and theorists in a discussion that coincides with the exhibition ‘Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality’. This event will take place on Wednesday 23 August from 6–8pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information or to register, visit the UQ Art Museum website.

Bioinformatics and immunologic strategies for the development of vaccines against bovine babesiosis

Professor Juan Mosqueda will present QAAFI seminar ‘Bioinformatics and Immunologic Strategies for the Development of Vaccines Against Bovine Babesiosis’ on Thursday 24 August from 12–1pm at the small seminar room, level 3, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, building 80, St Lucia. This seminar will also be live streamed. You can also participate in the Q&A either on Twitter by using #qaafilive, or by emailing seminar coordinator Hannah Hardy.

Research Computing Centre seminar: Information technologies for natural disaster management

Interested in IT usage in natural disaster management? The Research Computing Centre (RCC) invites staff, students and members of the public to a seminar to hear Dr Jason H. Haga, Senior Researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, discuss this issue. The seminar will cover a broad research framework for IT used in natural disasters and demonstrate a prototype immersive visualisation application. The seminar will be held on Friday 25 August from 10–11am in room 505A, level 5, Axon building (47), St Lucia. For more information, visit the RCC website, or contact rcc-admin@uq.edu.au. No need to register.

Staying stoked: post-youth identities, ageing and surfing

Images of surfing have tended to reflect society’s fascination with youthfulness, simultaneously perpetuating a myth that participants are male, risk-seeking hedonists. This image, however, is being challenged with increasing numbers of older male and female surfers taking to the water. Drawing on empirical research, Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton explores older surfers' experiences and subjectivities, and the meanings recreational surfing creates in participants’ lives and identities as they grow older. Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton, University of Waikato, New Zealand, is best known for her extensive research on the politics of identity in action and lifestyle sport. This seminar will take place on Friday 25 August from 12–1pm in room 219, building 26B, UQ St Lucia. No RSVP required. All welcome. For more information, visit the event page.

IMB seminar series: Dr Sonia Davila

UQ staff and students are invited to attend the IMB seminar series with Dr Sonia Davila, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM). Dr Davila will present a talk titled ‘Genetic variation in the complement factor H-related protein 3 gene controls factor H blood levels and determines susceptibility to meningococcal disease’. The seminar will be held on Friday 25 August from 12.30–1.30pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct auditorium, building 80, UQ St Lucia. For more information or to register, visit the IMB website, or contact imbevents@uq.edu.au.

2017 UQU APS 'Pitching Research' competition

Following on from the great success of the last two years, Professor Robert Faff from the UQ Business School is once again coordinating a 'Pitching Research' competition for UQU APS in 2017. First prize is $3000. Submissions are now open, and will close on Monday 28 August. All entries are made via the Pitch My Research web portal. For more information, please click here or contact Professor Robert Faff.

Centre for Advanced Imaging seminar: Professor John Rasko AO

Professor John Rasko from the Centenary Institute and University of Sydney Medical School will present a special seminar ‘Cell and Gene Therapies: are we there yet?’ at the Centre for Advanced Imaging on Tuesday 29 August from 9.30–10.30am at the level 2 seminar room, building 57, UQ St Lucia. For more information visit the CAI seminar page, or contact Dr Lorine Wilkinson.

Physician Competition and Low Value Health Care: Evidence from Primary Care

All staff and PhD students are invited to attend a seminar organised by The Centre for the Business of Economics of Health with special guest speaker Professor Anthony Scott, from the University of Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, who will present a seminar on ‘Physician Competition and Low Value Health Care: Evidence from Primary Care’. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 August from 2–3pm in the School of Economics boardroom, room 629, level 6, Colin Clark Building, UQ St Lucia. For more information, or to register, visit the seminar website.

2017 Mayne Centre Lecture

World-renowned art historian, art theorist and art critic Sven Lütticken will give the 2017 Mayne Centre Lecture, 'Concrete Abstractions: Notes on Form', generously supported by Philip Bacon Galleries. This lecture will take place on Tuesday 29 August from 6.15–8pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information or to register, visit the UQ Art Museum website.

CRE in Telehealth forum

Promoting healthy living via telephone and text-messages platforms: all welcome to hear this presentation by Professor Elizabeth Eakin, Associate Dean (Research), UQ Faculty of Medicine, and Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at UQ’s School of Public Health. Professor Eakin is a clinical psychologist whose research program sits at the intersection of clinical and public health approaches to cancer prevention through to survivorship. This forum will take place on Friday 1 September from 11am–12pm, room 2007, TRI building, Princess Alexandra Hospital. No registration required. Videoconference details are also available on the CRE in Telehealth website.

2017 UQ-CASS Asia Pacific Forum


UQ will host the third collaborative forum in which academics and researchers from UQ and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) will discuss issues of national and international significance and how these can be advanced by collaboration in the humanities and social science disciplines. This year's theme is 'The challenge of order in a disrupted world: creating change through China-Australian collaboration' and will include the sub-themes of: Australia-China Bilateral and Regional Economic Cooperation, Sustainable Development and Governance, and Peace and Security Cooperation. This forum will take place on 4–5 September at the Senate room, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the Asia Pacific Forum website.

Heroes and Villains

The Brisbane City Pops Orchestra is very proud to present ‘Heroes and Villains’, an exciting selection of music showcasing well-known pieces written to celebrate the good and the bad characters featured in operas, operettas, musicals and films. Guest performers are two amazing singers: soprano Leslie Martin-Nightingale, and tenor John Maskell. This musical celebration of heroes and villains will take place on Sunday 10 September from 2–5pm at the Schonell Theatre, UQ St Lucia. For more information or to register, visit the Heroes and Villians event page, or phone 337 82384.

Lloyd Davis Public Lecture

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the Lloyd Davis Public Lecture presented by the School of Communication and Arts. The 2017 Lloyd Davis Visiting Fellow, Professor Ewan Fernie, will discuss ‘Shakespeare, Religion and the Making of the Modern City’. This lecture will present a genuinely alternative vision of Shakespeare, Englishness and modernity from the annals of England’s second city, Birmingham. The event will be held on Wednesday 13 September from 6–7.30pm in the UQ Art Museum James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to register, visit the event website, or contact ea.commarts@uq.edu.au.

Anti-Corruption in the Company

This seminar aims to identify the key vulnerabilities in Australia’s current and potential responses to corporate corruption control. The event is part of the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum hosted by the TC Beirne School of Law and Australian Institute of Business and Economics, and will be held on Wednesday 20 September from 2–5pm in the Viewpoint room, building 33, UQ St Lucia. For further information and to register, visit the OCC Forum website.

In conversation with Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC

UQ staff are invited to the gala event, ‘In conversation with Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC’, on Monday 25 September. This is a unique opportunity to hear Australia’s 11th, and first female, Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC, discuss gender equity and diversity issues in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Professor Blackburn will also participate in a lively panel discussion on the barriers and challenges for women in science. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

11th UQ Latin American Colloquium: energy for a sustainable future

Following last year's event, the Annual Latin American Colloquium 2017 will look to the future of Australia and Latin American relations and consider approaches and opportunities to a globally relevant and increasingly pertinent issue: energy for a sustainable future. This event will take place on Friday 13 October from 8.50am for 9am to 3pm at the Terrace room, Sir Llew Edwards building (#14), UQ St Lucia. Register to attend, or visit the Global Engagement website for information.

Other upcoming events

MasterClass 'Decolonising International Relations' (23.08.17)

QBI neuroscience seminar: 'The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases' (23.08.17)

Global Leadership series: Anti-ageing – Non-Invasive Treatments to Dementia (24.08.17)

Bridge to Brisbane: Queensland Brain Institute (27.08.17)

Workshop: UQ’s Future Engagement in Canada (28.08.17)  

More UQ events »

 

UQ in the media

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

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

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

 

 

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SUSTAINABILITY

 

Sustainability

Take a bush tucker tour this Sustainability Week

Did you know that UQ has its very own bush tucker garden? See the sights this Wednesday 23 August from 10–10.30am with our bush tucker garden tour as part of this year's Sustainability Week. Co-hosted by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, UQ Sustainability Office and Property and Facilities, this tour lets you get up close and personal with the wonderful native species growing right here on campus. It's free, and you can secure your spot here. Register now for your chance to win a lucky door prize on the day!

Raise your reusable cup

UQ Sustainability are encouraging everyone to embrace reusable cups and cutlery this Sustainability Week. Tuesday 22 August is ‘Bring Your Own Cup Day’, hosted by the School of Psychology – don't forget your reusable cup so you can enjoy a waste-free caffeine fix. And from 12–1.20pm that same day, the School of Biological Sciences will be hosting ‘Fork It!’ at UQ Physiol, where they'll be offering information about the impact of plastic cutlery and the sustainable alternatives you can choose instead. Find all the details in the Sustainability Week program.

Sustainability in the home

Become a sustainability champion and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste at home. This Tuesday 22 August, come along to the ‘Sustainability in the Home’ session, hosted by UQ Student Affairs as part of Sustainability Week. Pick up some tips on nude food, composting, recycling and how you can get your housemates, family or kids involved. It's on from 1–2pm in room 219, Michie building, UQ St Lucia, and you can register online here.

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LIFESTYLE

 

Lifestyle

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, who become available for adoption as new ones arrive. All adoptable animals are health-checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, and are treated for worms and fleas prior to adoption. Perhaps you’d like to meet Anchor, a lively young cat who enjoys her toys and high perches to sit on, or Willow, a friendly feline trained to high-five and sit on command. 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.

Banh Mi now at Main Course

The new Vietnamese Banh Mi at Main Course is a sandwich like no other. What’s not to love about a crusty baguette, tender slices of pork or chicken, pickled carrot, radish, cucumber, and coriander with a dollop of mayonnaise? Fresh and flavoursome, if you are looking for the perfect lunch then grab yourself a Banh Mi from Main Course.

UQ Fitness Passport program

Do you want unlimited access, extensive choices and amazing value with your gym membership? Look no further than the UQ Fitness Passport. With access to almost 200 fitness facilities across Queensland, it’s the perfect way to keep your workout fun and fresh. For more information and to sign up today, visit the UQ Fitness Passport 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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DEVELOPMENT

 

Development

Open Course Scheme

Be inspired. Book a visit in the Open Course Scheme to see your colleagues in action and witness the great teaching that happens at UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for you to observe.

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Associate Professor April Wright and Dr Geoff Greenfield provide a capstone learning experience for final-year business students in Business and Policy Strategy. The course is flipped and run as interactive seminars. Students prepare before class, actively engage as self-managed learners, collaborate with students from other majors and display professional competence in communication and teamwork required of business graduates as future leaders.

UQ procurement training opportunities

Are you regularly involved in purchasing goods and 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, please download an Expression of Interest form by selecting ‘register’. For queries please email procurement@uq.edu.au.

Online marking workshops for tutors

Custom workshops on online marking using Turnitin or the Blackboard assignment tool are available on request. The eLearning team can provide laptops and course coordinators only need to book a meeting room. To organise a workshop for your tutors, email elearningtraining@uq.edu.au.

eLearning workshops

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

  • Turnitin: 10am–noon, Thursday 24 August, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics: 9.30am–noon, Thursday 31 August, St Lucia
  • Checkbox: 10am–noon, Tuesday 19 September, St Lucia
  • Basic Video Production: 9.30am–noon, Wednesday 4 October, St Lucia

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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VOLUNTEERS

 

Do you have severe elbow pain?

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

How well would a robot tell a story to you?

Participants are needed for a study on Human Robot Interaction at the School of ITEE. Participants 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. The study will take place in room 304, Axon building (47), UQ St Lucia. Details: click here, or contact Gautier Durantin

Computer Vision Syndrome survey

Are you experiencing problems with your vision when using your computer? UQ researchers are seeking both healthy volunteers and people with neck pain aged 18–65 to participate in a study that compares the vision symptoms between frequent computer users with and without neck pain. Participation involves completing a ten-minute questionnaire. Details: Caleb Teo

Do you study MOOCs?

Researchers are looking for individuals aged 18+ who have MOOC study experience in any major MOOC platforms (e.g. Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, Open2Study). Participation involves a focus group session where you will be invited to discuss your engagement in MOOCs. Each session will have three to five participants and run up to 60 minutes. The sessions will be conducted at UQ St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 gift card. Details: register your interest, or contact Ruiqi Deng

Enhancing cognitive performance with non-invasive brain stimulation

Right-handed volunteers aged 65+ who are reasonably healthy are sought for a study investigating the effects of inducing sleep-like brain rhythms on cognitive performance. The study involves two sessions of two hours each, with each session at least a week apart. Each session would involve a type of safe and painless electrical brain stimulation (tACS), and the recording of brain activity (EEG). The experiments will be conducted at the UQ St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed at $20 per hour. Details: Genevieve Kieseker

Seeking cheese lovers

UQ researchers are looking for 20 participants to evaluate the flavour of cheese. The test includes 2–3 screening sessions (to be held from 12 September) and 2–3 main sessions (to be held in from 17 October), with each session taking 30–45 minutes. Your valuable time will be compensated. Participants must consume a cheese at least three times in a week, be familiar with different kinds of cheese, and able to discriminate cheese flavours. Details: Bal Kumari

When is the best time to work out: morning or evening?

UQ researchers are looking for active adults aged 18+ who usually exercise two or more times per week to help us investigate if there is a best time of day to work out. Volunteers will be asked to complete a short face-to-face questionnaire-assisted interview to help us understand your exercise time of day preferences. Participants will go into the draw to win one of two $50 gift vouchers. Details: click here, or contact Dominic Kelly-Bowers

Healthy volunteers needed for brain network study

UQ researchers are seeking healthy control volunteers for a study investigating functional and structural brain changes in psychosis. We are looking for right-handed male volunteers aged 42–48 years and 52–56 years, as well as right-handed female volunteers aged 38–47 years. The study will take place at the UQ St Lucia campus, take approximately 2.5 hours and include an MRI scan, an EEG and a few questionnaires. Volunteers will receive a picture of their brain and will be reimbursed with $50 for their time and travel expenses. Details: Lena Oestreich 

Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for 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. Volunteers 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

Do you know anyone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

UQ researchers are seeking to interview people with COPD about their opinions on the use of digital technology and game consoles (e.g. FitBit, Nintendo Wii) to maintain and encourage physical activity. Participants do not need any experience with these technologies, but to be eligible participants must have previously undertaken a formal exercise program for their COPD (e.g. pulmonary rehabilitation). Interviews will take approximately 45–60 minutes, and can be face-to-face at UQ St Lucia or via telephone. Details: Josh Simmich

Do you want to try a natural product (ActivAMP) for weight loss?

Volunteers are sought to trial a natural product (ActivAMP) for weight loss in a 16-week study located at UQ. Healthy volunteers aged 18 and over, who have a BMI between 25 and 35kg/m2 and currently not taking any products for weight loss will will be randomised in a placebo-controlled trial of ActivAMP. Volunteers will receive free body composition scans (DXA) and full blood analyses as part of their participation. Reimbursement for parking will be provided if needed.
Details: Damian Cuda

Seeking volunteers with dry mouth

UQ researchers are seeking 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 which increases saliva production. Volunteers will be screened for eligibility via an inclusion and exclusion form. Testing will take place at the School of Pharmacy, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba. Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 Coles Group and Myer voucher for their time and travel. Details: click here, or contact Rose Estafanos

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 90 minutes and will be held at the Axon building, UQ St Lucia. Details: complete this survey, or contact Scott Heath

Share your experience of having paid support in the home

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers aged 65+ who receive paid support services in the home, for example help with cleaning, laundry, meal preparation and personal care. The study will involve completing an interview in your own home with a member of the research team for approximately one hour to understand the experience and impact of having paid support in the home. Participation may also involve the completion of a questionnaire about different aspects of your home. Details: Dr Tammy Aplin, or phone 336 52649

Kneecap study: one hour of your time can help people in pain

Did you know that up to 26 per cent of the population may have reduced quality of life due to kneecap pain? Help UQ researchers find solutions by donating one hour of your time to their study. If you are aged 40–50, and pain-free (without pain that has stopped you completing normal activities of daily living, such as going to work, playing sports etc.), your time can make a life-long impact to people suffering a very common and debilitating problem. Details: apply here, or contact Liam Maclachlan

Scent congruence survey

Volunteers aged 18–39 who are non-smokers are sought for a study investigating the basis for congruence between a particular scent, consumers’ preferences for a specific environment, their individual personality characteristics and the intensity of the fit in the context of sensory perception. The survey takes 15–20 minutes and involves smelling three scent samples and responding to an online questionnaire. Participants will receive a $10 Coles Group and Myer gift card for their time. Details: Usha Pappu

 

Eating, growing and gut bacteria research study for Brisbane babies

The Children's Nutrition Research Centre is looking for Brisbane babies aged 6–24 months to help learn the best foods to give growing babies to ensure long-term good health. Participation includes an assessment of your child’s diet and growth by an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Taking part involves attending one appointment at the Centre for Children’s Health Research in South Brisbane with free parking provided. Details: click here, or contact Paula Smith-Brown

Have you sprained your ankle in last four weeks?

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

Travelling before October 2017?

Researchers are seeking international and domestic male leisure travellers aged 55+ who will be travelling to a new place for the first time before October 2017. The length of the trip should be a minimum of two days and maximum of eight weeks. Participants will use online sources to plan their trip, and will complete pre-trip and after-trip interviews each taking 30 minutes. Participants will also write an online trip-planning diary during trip planning, which will take five minutes each day. Participants will be compensated with an $80 shopping voucher for their time and efforts. Contact: Zara Zarezadeh

Do you know anyone with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)?

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers aged 65+ who have received a recent diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to participate in a study investigating the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on learning and memory. The study will be conducted at UQ St Lucia, and involves two sessions of two hours each. Each session involves the application of a safe and painless form of electrical brain stimulation, and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour. Details: Genevieve Kieseker

Healthy volunteers are needed for strength testing

Volunteers aged 18–40 years who have never sprained their ankle are needed for a study investigating hip and knee muscle strength. Testing will take one hour and will be conducted at the St Lucia Campus. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Cognitive and physiological research

Researchers are seeking healthy controls with no known neurological conditions aged 60–80 to complete a five-hour cognitive assessment and physiology study to assist with research into neurological conditions, typically split over two sessions. Testing includes assessment of skills such as language and emotion processing, and takes place at UQ St Lucia with free parking available. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Coles Group and Myer voucher for travel and time. Feedback of the results (cognitive strengths and weaknesses) can also be provided to participants if they wish. Details: Amelia Hobson

Are you a runner or a cyclist?

Struggling with cycling or running problems? If you are interested in having a training injury assessed and treated by physiotherapists at UQ who are training for specialising in sports injuries, please complete this survey. Details: Rebecca Mellor

Life in retirement study for retired academics

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking retired academics for a study on retirement life. This study involves completing a 30-minute online survey that investigates people’s ties with their university, colleagues and profession, as well as health and wellbeing in retirement. Academics from any discipline who have retired are eligible to take part (including those who are working part-time in their retirement). Your contribution is important to our understanding of academic retirement experiences. Details: complete this survey, or contact Ben Lam

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 in 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

New shoe insoles for adults with diabetes and altered foot sensation

Adults with type 2 diabetes and altered foot sensation are sought for a four week trial exploring the effects of new shoe insoles on walking, balance and foot sensation. Participants will be required to attend the St Lucia campus on two occasions to perform tests of walking, standing balance and foot sensation. Participants will be asked to wear a small activity monitor for two weeks and complete surveys addressing their health, diabetes, falls and experience wearing the insoles. Participants must be able to walk more than 20 metres (with/without an assistive device). Complimentary transport/car parking will be provided. Details: Elise Gane

Are you interested in your child’s higher education?

If you have a child studying in Year 11 or 12 in any high school in Queensland, participate in a study to understand the decisions regarding university education. You and your child will be compensated for your time through movie and meal vouchers, and $50 cash. Click here to sign up. Details: Asma A Qureshi

Does your credit union or bank benefit you?

Volunteers aged 18+ who use credit unions or banks are sought to participate in a study investigating the socio-economic benefits of credit unions and banks. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Universidade Federal De Lavras, Brazil. The study involves completion of an anonymous, online survey consisting of seven basic demographic questions, 30 rank questions, and eight open-ended questions. Estimated time to complete the survey is 15 minutes. Participants will enter a draw to win one of six $50 gift cards. Details: click here, or contact Alastair Robb or Saulo Maia

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

Diagnosed low back pain participants needed for one hour study

Diagnosed low back pain patients are needed for a study involving analysis of the muscles surrounding the pain area. Study involves being seated in a chair with light electrotherapy performed on the low back for 45–60 minutes at the St Lucia campus. Reimbursement available. Details: Christian Than

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 on pain perception and physical function. Eligible participants will receive a free clinical assessment, a $10 Coles Group and Myer gift card, and information about their condition. Please fill out the online survey for eligibility. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Are you free from pain?

Healthy women aged 35–70 are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the UQ St Lucia campus. Participants will receive a $10 Coles Group and Myer gift card upon completion. Please fill out this online survey to express your interest. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

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 in 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

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