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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 20 November 2017


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REMINDER: UQ Update and staff sites are changing next week

From Monday 27 November (next Monday), UQ Update will no longer be a weekly long-form email. Instead, it will launch within the redesigned Current Staff site as a bulletin board-style webpage featuring more frequent updates and news. The Current Staff website will be the new home for all things related to working at UQ. The website was redesigned to bring together the core information and services that staff need.

All information about finance and HR has been rewritten and links to other UQ websites as required. The my.UQ website for staff will also be a more personalised mobile-friendly portal to online systems and services. Old sites will temporarily redirect to new Current Staff pages.

Staff should update their bookmarks and links after the changes are complete. Find out more via the ITS website.









Food Lab by Ben Milbourne is back on the air

The second season of UQ-produced science and cooking show Food Lab by Ben Milbourne kicks off tonight at 6pm on the SBS Food Network.

UQ is continuing our partnership with Masterchef finalist and UQ graduate Ben Milbourne to produce the series, which takes a broader look at what can be taught through cooking, with UQ experts interviewed on a range of topics including physics, chemistry, population health, political science and agricultural practices.

Over 65 segments were filmed on location at UQ's St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses.

Tonight's episode features UQ Physicist, Professor Tamara Davis.

Food Lab will air every weeknight at 6pm on the SBS food Network.

Help us tell the world how your research makes an impact

Research Impact, UQ’s flagship site for research feature stories, showcases the best of UQ’s research outcomes – whether they involve engaging discoveries, engaging with industry and other partners, or creating worldwide impact. The site shows the real-world (or potential) impact of UQ research and raises researchers profiles through engagement with a range of audiences. ODVCR and OMC are currently seeking leads to be considered for coverage on the site in 2018. Suggestions from any phase of research (discovery, engagement or impact) or discipline are encouraged. If you or a colleague are working on something that would make a good impact story, nominate by completing this form.

UQ Idea Hub: The #UQStartupAdventure starts today 

UQ Idea Hub's student entrepreneurs have departed for their Tel Aviv Startup Adventure. This #UQStartupAdventure was made possible in collaboration with Tel Aviv University, who in 2017 had eight alumni startups with an estimated worth of over a billion dollars respectively. The intensive four-week international internship to Israel encompasses a range students from disciplines across UQ, including the HASS, BEL, HABS, EAIT and Science faculties. Follow their journey on the UQ Idea Hub Facebook page and on Twitter, or search the hashtag #UQStartupAdventure.

12 Days of Christmas at UQ

Are you a Christmas enthusiast? We need your help. UQ will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas and is looking for UQ-related submissions. Past examples include 12 trombonists tooting (UQ music students), six grads leaping, and a sugar glider in a gum tree. Suggestions and suitable images are due by Thursday 30 November. For more information or to submit an idea, contact communications@uq.edu.au.

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Global Sportstech Accelerator comes to Australia

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to hear about the global state of sportstech innovation and investment from international expert and HYPE CEO Amir Raveh. Participants will also learn how to participate in the new global sportstech accelerator SPIN Lab Australia: Sports Innovation, hosted by UQ. This free event will be held on Monday 20 November from 5.30–7.30pm at The Precinct, 315 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Learn more and register on the event website, or contact spinlab@uq.edu.au.

PacBio Research Day

As part of TropAg2017, PacBio Research Day will provide insight into the latest PacBio achievements from PacBio’s Chief Scientific Officer, Jonas Korlach, and showcase research from UQ and other scientists using SMRT sequencing to further our knowledge in clinical, medical, plant, animal and microbial genomics. This event will be held on Thursday 23 November from 10am–4pm at room 14–116, Sir Llew Edwards building, UQ St Lucia. To learn more visit the QAAFI website or contact QAAFI communications. Register via the event website

Chinese business etiquette courses

The UQ Confucius Institute will be delivering two Chinese business etiquette courses, which have been endorsed for the third year in a row as a UQ-wide course through the UQ Staff Development Program. The Chinese basics course will run on Thursday 23 November from 2–4pm followed by the Advanced Chinese course on Friday 24 November from 10am–12pm. Each course runs for two hours, allowing time for questions and a tea break.

UQ Racing Formula SAE team launch night

Join UQ’s Formula SAE team, along with fellow supporters, alumni and friends of the team, to celebrate the launch of their 2017 FSAE-A Challenger and UQ Racing's third electric vehicle. The launch will be held on Friday 24 November at the Advanced Engineering building (49-200) from 6pm for 6.30pm start until 8pm. Nibbles and drinks will be provided. Register before Friday using this form.

Women in Technology event: Visualising Science

Women in Technology (WiT) is hosting the "Visualising Science" event on Thursday 30 November at the Translational Research Institute, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 37 Kent street, Woolloongabba. The evening will be opening with networking and technology demonstrations, followed by concurrent presentations from Dr Tamsin Terry for professional development, as well as some science demonstrations from Street Science. It will showcase intriguing and engaging examples from technology (VR), and include a presentation on how to communicate science, preclinical imaging and STEM learning initiatives. This event is also open to children aged 12–17 to promote and encourage a STEM initiative theme. To learn more or register, visit the WiT website or contact Laura Puk.

Health Matters Lecture Series: "Skin deep: advancing skin cancer diagnosis and treatment"

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two out of three Australians developing some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. In Queensland alone, more than 3600 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year. Prevention, early detection and intervention are crucial to improving prognosis and patient outcomes, but what else can we do to protect the skin we’re in? Join UQ Faculty of Medicine for a Health Matters lecture featuring a panel of experts who will outline the latest developments in skin cancer research and treatments and the improvements in patient care. The event will be held on Thursday 30 November from 5.30–7.30pm at the Translational Research Institute, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Learn more and register on the Faculty of Medicine website.

ALASI 2017: Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute

Staff and students are invited to ALASI 2017: Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute. The Learning Analytics Summer Institutes are international community and discipline-building events created by the Society for Learning Analytics Research. ALASI is the main forum in Australia for the exchange of knowledge, innovation and experiences in the area of learning analytics. The event will be held from Thursday 30 November to Friday 1 December from 8.30am–5pm at Prentice building (41), UQ St Lucia. To learn more or to register, visit the ALASI 2017 website.

The Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth forum: digital mental health

The Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth will hold the presentation, “Digital mental health: recent developments and potential for the future” featuring Professor David Kavanagh, research professor at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and head of the ePsych research team at the School of Psychology and Counselling. Professor Kavanagh has developed web programs and mobile apps to support behaviour change and mental health, and is leading the Australian government’s e-Mental Health in Practice project, which promotes the use of digital mental health in primary care across Australia. The event will be held on Friday 1 December from 11am–12pm, in room 2007, Translational Research Institute, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba. No registration is required. For further details, including how to access videoconference details, visit the CRE website or contact info.cretelehealth@uq.edu.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic career development discussion

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion are seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff and HDR nominees to partake in a lunchtime discussion to address academic career progression opportunities and barriers for Indigenous staff at UQ. This discussion is intended to share your experiences and discuss opportunities and barriers Indigenous staff and students may face. The lunch discussion will be held on Friday 1 December from 12–1.30pm in room E301, Forgan Smith building, UQ St Lucia. Lunch will be provided. Please register to attend via the event website, or contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion for further information.

ITaLI public seminar: “Transdisciplinary Pedagogy and the Interdisciplinary Curriculum”

The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) invite teaching-focused staff to a seminar featuring Dr Jonathon Heron from the University of Warwick, UK. Dr Heron will explore the significance of transdisciplinary pedagogy for evolving higher education curriculums. Attendees will also learn about Dr Heron’s current practice, and explore and develop new ideas for transdisciplinary learning for their own programs. The event will be held on Tuesday 5 December from 1–3pm in room 202, Learning Innovation building (17), UQ St Lucia. For more information or to register, visit the event website.

Architecture End of Year Exhibition: eMbARCH2017

Staff, students, friends and family are invited to join the School of Architecture for their End of Year Exhibition on Tuesday 5 December. With selected student work displayed over three levels, food trucks, live music and entertainment, this event will be a great celebration of students’ talents and dedication. This year, the eMbARCH exhibition showcases proposals from seven Masters design studios, and a range of exemplary work from across the Bachelor of Architectural Design program. The event will be held from 6–10pm at the Zelman Cowen building (51), UQ St Lucia. To register your attendance visit the event website, or to learn more, contact Olivia Dwyer.

Workshop: consumer involvement in kidney research

Delivered by the Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN), this workshop brings patients and family members who have experience with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including dialysis and transplantation, together with researchers and clinicians.The event is focused on three objectives: expose patients and caregivers to basic principles of research; provide community involvement training to researchers, patients and caregivers; and develop effective patient engagement in all areas of CKD research. This workshop will be held on Saturday 9 December from 1–5pm at the Translational Research Institute, 37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba. Learn more on the AKTN website.

Art History Anniversary Celebration

The School of Communication and Arts invite staff, students, art lovers, industry supporters and alumni to join us in celebrating 40 years of Art History at UQ. The event will include special presentations honouring the history of the program, celebrating the achievements of alumni and launching new schemes for the future. Please join the School in recognition of the Guest of Honour Dr Nancy Underhill, founder of the Department of Art History and Honorary Professor at UQ. The event will be held on Monday 11 December from 6pm–8.30pm. Register using this form to attend. RSVP is essential due to limited numbers. For more information, contact Amelia Barikin.

Other upcoming events

2017 Mater Research Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Symposium (22.11.17)

Global Leadership Series: Food Facts, Fads and Fallacies (22.11.17)

UQ Moreton Bay Research Station Open Day 55th Anniversary (25.11.17)

The 2nd South: South Dialogues – Coloniality, Race, and Indigenous Epistomologies (29.11.17)

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 on the big screen

If you haven't seen the impressive stats in the 2016 UQ Sustainability Report Card, don't worry – they'll be gracing the big screens around campus from this week. Stats showcasing 2016 results across the key areas of energy, clean energy, water, waste, transport and biodiversity will be appearing on the Lakes screen and rotated every 2–4 weeks. Keep an eye out for these sustainability stats, or check out the full report card.

Contribute to UQ's new recycling resource centre

UQ Playhouse Parents and Childcare Centre need your help for their new recycling resources scheme. The Remida resource centre is a collaboration between St Lucia campus’s four childcare centres, and is designed to promote sustainable practice and give kids and staff materials to create, play and learn. If you have unwanted items you think they could use for their projects – such as plastic, paper, cardboard, fabric, containers or timber – contact project coordinator Camille Kaukereit to arrange a pick-up time on 3377 2231 or s.squires@uq.edu.au.

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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, that 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 Disney, an active and confident girl looking for her human to bond with, or Smith, a social young boy who would adore a home with a backyard and another canine companion. 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.

Book your Christmas function in the REDROOM

The REDROOM has your Christmas lunch sorted, with a range of options to suit any gathering. Meet up with a few colleagues and grab lunch and a beer, wine or soft drink for just $18. Or book in a large group with platters or the delicious Christmas set menu. For more details, visit the REDROOM website or contact the friendly team via redroom@uqu.com.au or on 3377 2288.

Keep your kids active with UQ Sport Kids

Entertain your little champion these school holidays with UQ Sport Kids. Keep their legs moving with tennis, swimming and athletics programs, or at Kids Club, UQ Sport’s vacation care program catered to primary age children of all skill levels. Beat the rush – enrol today, or contact marketing@uqsport.com.au for further details.

Physiol katsu chicken and drink deal

For a limited time only, you can get Physiol's Japanese katsu chicken curry and a bottle of Cool Ridge water or any can of soft drink for just $9.50. This delicious combination of fried chicken, curry sauce, pickled ginger and rice makes for the perfect lunch.

Christmas catering with Schonell Events and Catering

Organising your Christmas catering can be easy. Schonell Events and Catering has a Christmas menu to suit any event, with a selection of platters, sliders, refreshment packages and free delivery on the day. Plus, receive a free Christmas sparkling wine hamper with every order over $250. To view the catering menu or to get a quote, contact Schonell Catering and Events on 337 72206, or visit their website.

Adult autism spectrum group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum to meet 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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Refresher course: interpreting healthcare data using statistics

This one-day refresher course on healthcare data using statistics is for those who have had some practical experience with statistics or some undergraduate statistics training. The course focuses on simple study designs and some common mistakes, with a range of practical exercises throughout the day. It will look at choosing statistics to use and interpretation of the output. This course will be held on the Wednesday 29 November at QUT Kelvin Grove. Discounts are available to UQ staff and students. Register to attend at the AusHSI website or to learn more, email contact@aushsi.org.au.

Library workshops: R and RStudio

Staff and students are invited to attend R and RStudio workshops – used for statistical computing and graphics – run by UQ Library. All workshops will be held in the library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship, UQ St Lucia. Upcoming workshops are listed below.

  • R for beginners using RStudio workshop: Monday 27 November – learn about RStudio options and settings and how to organise an R project.
  • R session – Introduction to dplyr: Thursday 30 November – learn about data manipulation with R and dplyr.

To learn more and register, visit StudentHub and sign in, or contact cds@library.uq.edu.au with any questions.

Library workshops: R graphics and ggplot2

Staff and students are invited to attend R graphics workshops. All workshops will be held in the library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship, UQ St Lucia. Upcoming workshops are listed below.

  • R graphics using ggplot2 (introduction): Thursday 23 November and Monday 27 November – learn about graphics creation using the R package ggplot2.
  • R graphics using ggplot2 (intermediate): Thursday 23 November – a follow up to the introductory session and for those who have used ggplot2 before.
  • R graphics open session: Thursday 30 November – bring your own data and questions about R graphics and ggplot2.
To learn more and register, visit StudentHub and sign in, or contact cds@library.uq.edu.au with any questions.

eLearning workshops

The eLearning team are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools. A description of each workshop, dates and registration details are available on the Teaching and Learning Technologies website. Upcoming courses include:  

  • Basic Video Production: Wednesday 29 November, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams: Tuesday 5 December, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Basics: Friday 8 December, St Lucia

  • TurnItIn: Wednesday 13 December, St Lucia.

To subscribe to the UQ eLearning update email for information on tool updates contact help@learn.uq.edu.au with the subject line ‘eLearning update subscription’.

Staff development

MFSAS: Methods for 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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Have you sprained your ankle recently?

Volunteers aged 18–40 who have sprained their ankle for the first time in last 4 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

Stimulating social cognition study

Interested in social cognition or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)? If so, participate in a study that will focus on stimulating the social brain. The study will involved two sessions at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital of approximately 1.5 hours each. Caucasians aged 18–35 or 60–80 years with no history of psychiatric or neurological disorder or previous experience with tDCS are eligible. $50 reimbursement will be provided after the second session. Contact: Andrew Martin

Singaporean students wanted for brain study

Singaporeans aged 18–35 are needed for a non-invasive brain stimulation study (tDCS) into social cognition. Participants must not have a history of neurological or psychiatric illness and have no previous involvement in a tDCS study. Subjects will complete a battery of social tests over two days (each approximately two hours) and will receive $70 reimbursement. The study will take place at UQCCR at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, Herston. Contact Andrew Martin

Free exercise training for study

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study at UQ St Lucia, designed to improve your diabetic health. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will be provided. Contact: Trishan Gajanand

Seven weeks of free strength training

Healthy males and females aged 18–40 are sought for a study, which will include lower-body strength training with blood flow restriction. Sessions will be 25 minutes in duration, and will be run three times per week at the UQ St Lucia campus from November to January. The study will explore a novel method of increasing muscle size and strength with the use of low levels of resistance. Participants will receive whey protein following each session to supplement their training. Contact: Charlie Davids

Healthy male volunteers needed for tendon study

UQ researchers are seeking pain-free male volunteers aged 40–55 to take part in a study of sensory function. The study involves one 2.5 hour testing session at UQ St Lucia. Parking is provided and participants will receive a $20 Coles Group and Myer gift card on completion. Fill out this survey to express your interest. Contact: Viana Vuvan 

Diagnosed low-back pain patients needed for two-hour study

Participants who have diagnosed low-back pain are required for a two-hour study, which involves assessment of the low back muscles with light electrotherapy. Participants will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Details: Christian Than

High-functioning autism spectrum/ Asperger’s disorder study

UQ sociologist requires adults aged 18+ with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Asperger's disorder (AD) and health professionals who are working with, or have worked with, adolescents and adults with high-functioning ASD/AD to take part in a study explore the lived experience of ASD/AD in Brisbane. Participants will complete a one-hour recorded interview, which can be conducted at any location of the participant’s choosing or at the Michie building, UQ St Lucia. Details: Sari Mangru 

Healthy female volunteers required for sensory study

The UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is seeking seeking females aged 40–60, who are free of pain, for a study on the involvement of sensory function and physical loading in people with persistent hip pain. Participants must be available for one study  session of two hours at UQ St Lucia, and will receive a Coles Group and Myer gift card upon completion. To determine your eligibility, please complete this survey. Details: Melanie Plinsinga 

Brain plasticity and oscillations in people 65+

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

Help us progress ankle research

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers with and without ankle pain or stiffness to take part in a lab study. The study involves a physical testing of the ankle at UQ St Lucia. Researchers will test posture, ankle muscle strength, joint mobility, sensation, balance and function. Research volunteers will be reimbursed with a gift voucher and free ankle X-ray. Express interest to participate in the study survey. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Handheld mobile device use survey

Do you use a laptop, tablet and/or smartphone for work? If so, researchers would like you to complete a 10–15 minute online survey about the use of the device for work purposes. The survey aims to identify how and why UQ staff and HDR students use the three devices for work and how this relates to musculoskeletal symptoms. Details: Abdullah Alzhrani

Healthy volunteers required for ankle study

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

Help us understand how diabetes affects connective tissue

Receive a $20 voucher and help us study how diabetes affects connective tissue properties and muscle–tendon function. Seeking men and women (aged 35+) who are overweight and not currently regularly exercising, but do not have diabetes. Participants will undergo an ultrasound scan of their Achilles (ankle) tendon, various tests of sensation and muscle function and as a single blood test. Testing should take no longer than 2–2.5 hours and participants will receive $20 remuneration. Details: Mathew Geytenbeek


Genetics of brain development in epilepsy

Male and female volunteers with no brain damage, psychiatric disorder or substance dependency and are aged 20+ are required as healthy controls for a study looking at the role of genes in brain development leading to epilepsy. Participation involves giving a small blood sample for genome sequencing, a stool sample for metagenome sequencing of gut bacteria and an ultra-high resolution 7T MRI scan of your brain. Participation will take two hours at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia campus. Free parking can be arranged and you will receive $50 remuneration for your time and travel. Contact: Yvonne Gautam

Win a $25 voucher and get expert shopping tips

Do you buy groceries? UQ Professional Staff are urgently needed to complete a simple online survey about grocery shopping. Every completed survey could win one of five $25 shopping vouchers and will also receive 15 expert grocery shopping tips. Increase your chance of winning by getting other people to complete the survey too. Watch the short video animation and fill out the survey here. Contact: Debbie Roberts

Free diet analysis for study

UQ researchers are looking for healthy adults aged 18–54 to participate in a study investigating the intake of dietary nitrate. Participants will be required to record their food intake for 24 hours and fill out an online questionnaire. Participants will go into the draw to win one of three $50 gift vouchers. Contact: Nick McMahon

Do you play mobile games?

Active users of mobile-game apps aged 18–50 are sought for a one-hour recorded interview session (further screening criteria apply). The study explores the in-app purchase behaviours of free-to-play mobile-game app-users. The interview sessions will be held in November and participants will receive a $20 iTunes or Google Play gift voucher. Details: Imam Salehudin

The brain and social cognition in older adults fMRI study

Healthy volunteers aged 65–85 are sought for an fMRI study. In the MRI scan, participants will be presented with two tasks – recognising emotions from static photos, and from videos (approximately one hour). The study will also include several questionnaires and computer tasks before and after scanning. The total session will take three hours. $50 compensation will be offered and parking available. Strict safety and eligibility criteria apply for this study, including speaking fluent English and having no neurological diagnosis. Contact: Megan Campbell

How lower back pain affects the brain?

People with lower back pain and healthy volunteers aged18+ are sought for a study, which will evanluate how low back pain affects the integration of sensory information coming from the lower back. Participation requires attending one session of approximately 2–3 hours. The study will evaulate the excitability of the brain following noxious and non-noxious stimulation of the back muscles. Testing will take place in the Therapies building (84a) at UQ St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel. Contact: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Seeking volunteers with a dry mouth

Adult volunteers aged 18+ with a dry mouth are sought for a study, which will involve tasting five different flavoured lozenges and an orally dissolving tablet. Participants will also complete a questionnaire regarding opinions about 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. Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 Coles Group and Myer voucher for time and travel. Details: Rose Estafanos

Participants needed for a five-day muscle soreness study 

Healthy people (BMI 18.5–25) aged 18–30 are required for a study involving the low back muscles. If you have no history of low back pain, are okay with blood tests and can visit UQ St Lucia continuously for five days, you are eligible (weekends are possible). The study involves an exercise protocol on day one (three hours), with follow up monitoring on days 2–5 (1.5 hours each). Participants will be reimbursed with a $70 Coles Group and Myer gift card, with the possibility of an additional $50 in cash (highest repetitions during exercise). Details: Christian Than

Are you interested in how your foot muscles work?

Pain-free volunteers aged 18–55 are sought for a study investigating the function of the small muscles of the foot. Participants will undergo a free MRI scan of their foot, measures of their foot mobility, and detailed analysis of their foot muscle function during different activities. All testing will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Details: Dr Natalie Collins

Help us understand foot pain

The SIRPH Research Unit is looking for people with pain on the inside of the ankle and/or foot to participate in a study investigating lower limb strength and biomechanics in a condition called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). You would be required to attend two initial sessions (five hours total) at UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, where a range of clinical and laboratory measurements will be taken. Participants will be recompensed reasonable expenses. Check your eligibility to participate in this survey. Details: Megan Ross

Major depressive disorder across the life time study

Researchers from the UQ Sociology Department are seeking participants aged 18+ who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder to talk about their lives and their thoughts on recovery. This study involves a face-to-face interview that may be 1–3 hours long, depending on the participant. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Anne-Marie Snider 

Brisbane leadership study

A thesis at the University of Ghent is looking at events that can change the relationship between a leader and their team members. This study will focus on events that can change this relationship, and which non-stable factors or events could influence it (such as performance, critical incidents, pregnancy). Leaders are sought from in or near Brisbane for a 30–60 minute face-to-face interview. Details: Lisa Blockx

How your eyes move

Volunteers are sought for an eye-tracking study to be conducted at UQ St Lucia. Volunteers must not have food-related requirements (such as dietary, allergy or religious requirements) and must not be enrolled in a food or nutrition program. The session takes 20 minutes and participants will receive a $20 shopping voucher and have the opportunity to review their eye movements after the session. Details: Nazila Babakhani

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