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University of Queensland

Monday 22 September 2014 

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Brisbane Writers Festival wrap up

The 2014 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), of which UQ is a Premier partner, this year attracted more than 36,000 people, making it the largest and most successful event yet. This year there were more than 230 writers, speakers and thinkers involved across the program.

UQ was involved in 49 events, including six events hosted at St Lucia campus, 14 events presented by UQ and an additional 29 events involving UQ academics and UQP authors. Professor Tim Dunne, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, who chaired the sold out session Seeking Asylum, said that the University’s partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival provided a great opportunity for people with an interest in many literary forms to come together and be entertained through a diverse range of workshops and presentations.

Professor Alan Rix, Chair of UQ’s Cultural Activities Committee, said that for UQ the Festival was a great success, with many UQ staff, students and alumni taking part as presenters, moderators, commentators and organisers. The Festival addressed important contemporary issues through its many sessions, as well as providing a platform for both established and emerging writers.

“Supporting major events such as the Brisbane Writers Festival helps ensure that UQ’s engagement with the broader community remains vital and relevant. Our involvement reflected UQ’s status as one of the leading cultural institutions in Queensland. The objectives of the Festival to inspire and inform match well with UQ’s values,” said Professor Rix. For further information visit http://bwf.org.au/.


Delegations Framework: Financial Delegations Register

An online Delegations Register has been launched and is available at the Delegations of Authority webpage.

The Delegations of Authority policy, which sets out the general principles of delegations of authority at UQ, can be accessed here at the UQ Policy and Procedures Library. Delegations of authority provide formal authority to staff to commit the University to action and to incur liabilities.

The Delegations Register is intended to provide greater clarity and transparency in relation to levels of responsibility, accountability, authority and approval authorities across UQ. The register is intended as an easy reference of the major decision points within the University; there is no intention to cover all decisions. In the first instance the register covers financial delegations.

The delegations framework and register has evolved in response to consultation. We continue to welcome feedback to ensure that the framework is effective and user-friendly. Please contact delegations@uq.edu.au with any comments and questions. 

Pedestrian diversion around UQ CityCat Ferry Terminal

Brisbane City Council’s contractor, McConnell Dowell, is continuing its land-based works at UQ in the relocation of the CityCat terminal. 

Part of this work requires diverting pedestrians off the existing pedestrian path on Sir William McGregor Dr, and onto the road and to the path just in front of the Safety Bus Stop. The pedestrian diversion is due to commence Tuesday 23 September and will remain in place for approximately 1–2 weeks.

For safety reasons, traffic controllers and signage will be in place to assist with this diversion. For further information, email ferryinfrastructure@brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 1800 669 416. For more information on campus shutdowns, disruptions and road closures please refer to the Property and Facilities Division Bulletin Board

Announcing the new UQ Course Archive System

ITS have developed a web-based course archive in response to feedback from students wishing to access content from past courses undertaken throughout their degree. 

The archive currently contains courses from 2009–2012. Courses in 2013 and 2014 are still available through learn.uq.edu.au. Students will have access to the courses they were enrolled in from previous years. Please remind your students that this resource is available to them. 

The archive can be accessed at archive.learn.uq.edu.au. A guide on how to access and use the archive is available via Ask I.T.

UQ News TV

The latest episode of UQ News TV features seven researchers from across UQ who were honoured with The University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Awards during UQ Research Week.

QLD Government Supporting Women Scholarships

The QLD Government is offering top-up scholarships to boost support for female research students entering male dominated fields of study and employment, including women returning to the workforce and changing careers. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, click here

UQ Library search upgrade

UQ Library’s search will be upgraded on Monday 29 September at 10am. There may be a brief outage as the system changes over. The upgrade’s improvements include a simplified home page search, easier filtering and better advanced search. You can try it out now, or read what’s new. Your librarian can show you how to get the most out of the new search in your discipline.

Additional Recreation Leave IFA opt-in

Staff wishing to enter into an Additional Recreation Leave arrangement for 2014 are reminded that they need to have a completed and approved form authorised by the head of the organisational unit by Friday 31 October. Further information about the Additional Recreation Leave arrangement, including eligibility, can be found on the Recreation Policy and Procedures webpage or by contacting your HR Client Services team.

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Public Roundtable: Iraq War 3.0

The School of Political Science and International Studies and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect have sponsored this roundtable discussion that brings together leading researchers in international relations to discuss the key issues and dynamics associated with the current conflict in Iraq. The roundtable will be held on Tuesday 23 September from 4.30pm–6pm in room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, click here or contact Matt McDonald on ext. 53042.

Reflections on the Direction of Research Metrics and Profiling 

Dr Daniel Hook, Director of Research Metrics for Digital Science, a division of MacMillan Science and Education, and is dedicated to creating innovative tools to help researchers improve their efficiency. This talk is presented by the UQ Library and will be held on Wednesday 24 September from 11.30am–12.30pm in the Library Conference room, Duhig Building. For more information, click here

Explore further study at UQ Postgraduate Advice Night

If you're considering postgraduate study, then UQ’s Postgrad Advice Night is an opportunity to find out more about undertaking masters or a research higher degree program. Explore UQ’s range of postgraduate programs, learn about entry requirements and speak to Faculty and Institute staff about your study options. There is also a range of seminars available throughout the evening. The evening will be held from 4pm–7pm on Wednesday 24 September at the UQ Centre, St Lucia. For more information and register to attend, visit youruq.com/postgrad

Sustainable Mineral Institute Seminar Series

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Shabbir Ahmad is presenting a seminar on “Quantitative methods for analysing mining sector development outcomes”. The mining sector plays an important role in socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in many developing and developed economies. The seminar will be held on Thursday 25 September from 10am–11am in the Level 7 Visual Lab, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

Get Solar: Give your old electric hot water system the flick

Dr Eric Peterson, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science is hosting a workshop that will guide you through the preparation of a business case to payback the cost of a solar hot water system retrofit in your home. The workshop will be held on Thursday 25 September from 12pm–2pm in the Group Learning Space 273, Global Change Institute. Participants are asked to bring their electric power bills for the previous year. To RSVP, email Dr Eric Peterson

UQ Guitarists in Concert

UQ guitarists, under tuition from Karin Schaupp, will perform a taster lunchtime concert in preparation for their upcoming concert at Brookfield Hall. The UQ lunchtime concert will be held on Thursday 25 September from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, click here.

The Brookfield Hall concert  will be held in the historic Brookfield Hall on Sunday 28 September from 3pm–4pm. The program includes the Queensland premiere of Coonowrin, by eminent Australian composer and UQ staff member, Dr Robert Davidson. Tickets are $15. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here

Public Lecture: Political Activism from the Vietnam War to Climate Change

The School of Political Science and International Studies presents a public lecture by author, academic and activist Drew Hutton. Co-founder of the Australian Greens and the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton will be speaking on political activism from the Vietnam War to the present. The lecture will be held on Thursday 25 September from 6pm–7.30pm in the room E215, Forgan Smith Building. For more information, click here or contact Matt McDonald on ext. 53042. 

Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute Student Expo 2014

The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute (QCMRI) Annual Student Expo will be held on Friday 26 September at Herston. It is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work and to gain invaluable experience in presenting at scientific meetings. Students can be in the running for great prizes, including the 2014 QCMRI Research Higher Degree Student of the Year Award. For more information and to register, click here

Research Computing Centre Seminar

Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy from the Institute for Infocomm Research Singapore, will discuss the richness and diversity of data that is being generated via mobile devices. The seminar will be held on Friday 26 September from 9am–10am in room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information, or to RSVP, email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au

The Johnian Duo final recital for 2014 at the UQ Art Museum

The Johnian Duo will perform in the UQ Art Museum for the final time in 2014 on Friday 26 September from 1pm–2pm. Come and celebrate good music in the elegant surrounds of the UQ Art Museum. For more information, click here.

Literature and Cultures Seminar Series

Associate Lecturer Gordon Chalmers from the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit will present a seminar on "The Con-stitutional Re-cognition (s)Cam-pain: re-cognising First Nations peoples' ontological subordination in the supreme colonial authoritative piece of paper". The seminar will be held on Friday 26 September from 2pm–3pm in room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or email events@slccs.uq.edu.au.

Colleagues at UQ 

The next Colleagues at UQ monthly social get-together will be held on Friday 26th September from 4.30pm onwards at The UQ Pizza Café. For more information, visit the Facebook page

The 57th Annual E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

The Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture is the premier academic event on the UQ Medical Society calendar. The 2014 address will be delivered by Dr Mark Loane AM, National Chair, Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service, Ophthalmic Surgeon and previous Wallabies Captain (1979–1982). The lecture will be held on Monday 29 September from 5.30pm–8pm in the UQ Centre and registrations are appreciated. For more information contact Kate Cuddihy.

Global Change Institute Food Security Seminar

QAAFI researcher Dr Glen Fox will host a seminar on "Food nutrition and safety, the other two pillars in food security" discussing areas of food safety and nutrition in relation to research being carried out in a number African countries. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 30 September from 1pm–2pm in room 273, Global Change Institute Building. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth October Forum

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth is hosting a forum on "New Initiatives in Technology-Supported Head and Neck Cancer Care". The forum will be held on Friday 3 October from 11am–12pm room 2007, Princess Alexandra Hospital. A light lunch will be served following the forum. For more information, click here or contact Dr Dominique Bird on 3176 6934.

Feminist Journalist and social commentator seminar

The UQ Women's Collective is hosting Clementine Ford, feminist journalist and social commentator to talk on the topic of women and girls in the media. The talk will be held in the Innes Room on Friday 3 October from 2pm–4pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or email uquwomenscollective@gmail.com.

UQ Latin American Colloquium

Join Latin America’s Ambassadors, government representatives, business leaders and researchers for the 8th Annual UQ Latin American Colloquium on "21st Century Economic Partnerships: Latin America, Australia and Asia". It will showcase effective case studies and models for expansion for high impact three way partnerships, including Latin American natural resources, Australian research, education and know-how, and Asian finance. The Colloquium will be held on Tuesday 7 October from 2.30pm–5.30pm.  For more information and to register, click here or contact Melanie Martin on ext. 51958.

UQ Leadership Community seminar 

Olympian Mel Rippon will be guest speaker at the next UQ Leadership Community event "Leadership In The Deep End". Rippon will share her experiences of leadership as an Olympic water polo player, captain and coach. The seminar will explore her success strategies in this highly competitive environment and look at strategies to support leadership development. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 8 October from 12.30–4pm and a light lunch will be provided. You do not need to be in a formal leadership role to attend, and can RSVP here

Building a Culture of Co-Creation in Research: Making a Difference at the Coalface

The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Microsystems is hosting a workshop on “Building a Culture of Co-Creation in Research: Making a Difference at the Coalface”. This two-day workshop will assist participants in developing an understanding about co-creation paradigm and the skills for building a culture of co-creation in research. The workshop will be held from Thursday 16–Friday 17 October. To find out more, click here, or register online.

Strong Women at the UQ Anthropology Museum 

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture is an exhibition of contemporary art made by women living in the Central and Western Deserts of Australia. This private collection of art, together with recent acquisitions from the UQ Anthropology Museum’s Collection, celebrates the power and vitality of Indigenous women artists who are using art to keep their culture and communities strong. The exhibition will run until Sunday 25 January 2015

Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom 

Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom explores Lee’s acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom will be showing at the UQ Art Museum until Sunday 22 February 2015.

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UQ in the media

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



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Fluoro Cycling

UQ is now a signatory to FluoroCycle, a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps. The University recycles all waste mercury containing lamps at its main campuses, helping to reduce the amount of mercury sent to landfill. Mercury in landfill converts to the toxic methylmercury and spreads through the wider environment in the air, water and soil. If you need a light changed, please contact PF Assist.

UQ Energy Efficiency Project Fund

Funds are available to support the implementation of energy efficiency projects across UQ’s campuses and sites. Applications are now being considered from all UQ entities that would like to apply for funding. The Property and Facilities Division may grant funds equivalent to 25–100 per cent of expected total cost, with the balance of funding contributed by the applicant business unit. Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 30 September. For more information and to apply, visit the Sustainability website.

Join the Green Office program

Are you interested in sustainability? Would you like to make a difference? UQ’s next New Green Office Representative training program is being held on Thursday 2 October for staff joining the Green Office program. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently encourage sustainable behaviours in your office area. Participants are supported by UQ’s Green Office Assistant. Enrol online.  

Become a Green Labs Representative

Do you want to encourage sustainable lab practice but don’t know how? UQ’s Green Labs Program might be just what you’re looking for. The next New Green Labs Representative training is being held on Thursday 2 October from 9.30–11.30am. Participants will join a network of representatives to help promote good environmental practices across UQ laboratories and encourage more sustainable behaviours in their lab space. Participants are supported by UQ’s Green Labs Assistant. Enrol online.

Sustainability Newsletter

The latest Sustainability Newsletter is out now. You can subscribe to the newsletter or view the latest copy on the Sustainability Website.

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Holiday Robotics Workshops for Kids

UQ is holding robotics workshops for kids during the upcoming school holidays. Students from Years 7–12 who are interested in robotics can attend the Introductory Robotics Workshop on Tuesday 30 September, from 9am–12pm, at a cost of $15. An Artificial Intelligence workshop is being held on Wednesday 1 October, from 9am–12pm, at a cost of $25. Girls in Years 6–12 can attend the Robogals Holiday Workshop, which will be held on Thursday 2 October from 9am–3pm. The cost is $20, with morning tea and lunch provided. All workshops are held in the Axon Learning Lab, Room 104, Level 1, Axon Building. For more information and to register, contact Gail Smith.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) launches new dietician service

UQ's EAP provider now provides access to accredited practicing dieticians. The Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC) dietician service is accessible via telephone and covers the full range of nutrition issues including weight management, digestive health, using nutrition to assist with medical conditions, and children’s health. The EAP dietician will assist clients to identify their goals and make achievable changes to enhance their health, productivity and performance. For more information, click here. To book an appointment, contact the EAP on 1300 360 364.

Food and drink special offers at St Lucia

A range of special offers are available at St Lucia for a limited time only:

  • Try the new pulled meat burger range at Main Course. Get a pulled meat burger and a drink for just $8, and add a small chips for an extra $1.50 
  • Get a brekky meal deal at Physiol, with a breakfast muffin, hash brown and medium coffee for just $7. Conditions apply – see in-store for details 
  • Cool down with a large frozen Coke and 600ml Mt Franklin Water for just $5 from the Lolly Shop

For more information, visit the UQU website.

Free seminar on reducing family conflict

The Parenting Teenagers Research Group from the Parenting and Family Support Centre are partnering with the PCYC to offer parents of teenagers a new two hour seminar on reducing family conflict as part of a research project. The seminar is based on the successful Teen Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and is suitable for parents of teenagers aged 11–16 years. The seminar will be held from October to December at St Lucia and PCYC clubs at Carindale, Inala and the bayside. Parents are able to nominate preferences for times and locations upon registering. For more information, click here or email parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

UQ Wellness seminars

UQ Wellness is hosting a range of seminars throughout September and October:  

  • "Understanding Food Labels" on Wednesday 24 September at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.
  • "Keep the Beat" on Wednesday 1 October at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.
  • "Supercharge Your Diet" on Wednesday 22 October at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ Wellness – yoga at St Lucia

Join a yoga class to find out yogic tips for fighting the common cold and flu. A regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

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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Industry Engagement: UQ, you and how to go about it

In this staff development course, learn what UQ resources are available that support industry engagement and how to develop appropriate engagement strategies suitable for your research group and target industries/companies. This workshop is recommended for all UQ staff involved in (or wanting to start) industry engagement leading towards research partnerships and other outcomes that will enhance UQ's performance in Industry Engagement. The course will be held on Thursday 25 September from 1pm–4.30pm in room 202, Learning Innovation Building. Register here

OLT Grants Workshop

The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is hosting a workshop for “Innovation and Development Grants: Writing for Successful OLT Grants Proposals”. The workshop will be held on Thursday 25 September from 2pm–4pm in room 202A, LIB Building. For more information, click here or email m.wirt@uq.edu.au to register.  

The UQ Professionals Network (UQPN) Leading for Innovation Workshop 

Communication and cognition expert Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw will be presenting a one-day professional development workshop entitled "Leading for Innovation". This workshop will be valuable for all staff, including managers and leaders at all levels who are keen to lead innovation. The workshop will be held on Thursday 2 October from 9am–4.30pm in Room 216, Building 9. There are limited places left. To register, email Lesley Forest

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) basics for Professional Staff

This course will introduce professional staff to commonly used functions in Learn.UQ (Blackboard), UQ's eLearning management system. Participants will develop an understanding of how Blackboard is used at UQ and how sites are structured. Practical skills covered include adding course materials to a site, posting announcements, checking assignments, submissions, entering markings into Grade Centre and archiving courses. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course, which will be held on Tuesday 21 October

Social media for teaching and learning workshop

Explore ways to integrate social media tools in teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to design learning activities using social media tools. The workshop will be held on Friday 24 October from 10.30am–12.30pm in room 202, Learning Innovation Building. Register here. For more information visit the Social Media for Teaching and Learning website

Open Access Publishing and Article Processing Charges

The Library invites UQ researchers to complete a short survey about their management of article processing charges associated with publishing an open access article. Responses will be used to identify gaps in existing services and infrastructure with a view to providing future services that may benefit researchers. For more information, contact openaccess@library.uq.edu.au.

One-on-one tutorials trial – Online assignment submission and marking

ITS are providing one-on-one tutorials for staff on creating online assignment submission links, creating rubrics and online marking. To organise a tutorial staff can email helpdesk noting their availability for the session. The tutorials will be conducted over the phone and using screen sharing software. This service will be provided during weeks 4–9 of Semester 2. Visit the One-on-one tutorials eLearning page for further information.

MFSAS Training Workshop: Longitudinal Data Analysis

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is offering a practical workshop on analysing longitudinal data. This course includes hands-on analysis using data from the Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) longitudinal survey and the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children (LSAC), it will provide participants with a firm grounding in managing and analysing these datasets to optimise their research potential. The workshop will be held between Monday 24–Friday 28 November from 9am–5pm in General Purpose North 3. Early bird registration rates close Tuesday 30 September. For more information and to register, click here.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner's 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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Healthy controls for knee pain study

The SIRPH Research Unit requires female volunteers aged 20-25 and 30-36 who have no knee pain, no back, hip or lower leg pain, and no surgery/fracture to the lower limbs to participate as control subjects in a knee pain study which investigates neural mechanisms involved in anterior knee pain. You would be required for one 30 minute session, to test sensory thresholds. Details: contact Rebecca Mellor (3346 7485). 

Want to stay socially connected with your friends and family?

Individuals are sought to participate in an experimental pilot of new technology. The Thinking of You (TOY) research project aims to help keep individuals experiencing low mood or feeling isolated stay socially connected with their family and friends by harnessing technology. Participants will be loaned a tablet that contains the TOY App for a week and will be reimbursed with a $10 voucher. Details: Contact Melissa Chang.  

Brain plasticity study

People aged 18–35 are required for a study investigating brain plasticity in the motor system. The study will use non-invasive brain stimulation to both quantify and induce plasticity in the human brain. The procedures used are safe and have received ethical clearance. Participants will be required to attend three experimental sessions at the Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia, each lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Compensation of $10 per hour will be offered. Details: Nicholas Bland.

Do you have acute low back pain?

People aged 18–50 who have experienced low back pain in the past week are needed to participate in a 12-month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. To determine your suitability please complete this intake questionnaire. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com

Do you have sore knees?

Participants aged 18–40 with pain at the front of the knee that is made worse walking on stairs or hills are needed for a study of two treatments that have been shown to be beneficial. Eligible participants will receive either hip exercises or foot orthoses at a physiotherapy clinic, and be measured on their outcomes over three months. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au.

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 ten 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 (3346 7767). 

Are you suffering from neck pain?

Researchers are seeking people aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain. Specific neck exercise training will be provided for three months for free. Accuracy of exercise will be followed-up by a specialist physiotherapist every week in 10 minute sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month up to four months, with $50 reimbursement per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

Researchers are seeking people who are concerned with low mood, nervousness or feeling isolated, and are interested in developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones. Eligible participants will have the opportunity to take part in a free evidence-based workshop program being run by the School of Psychology. Beginning in September, the five one-hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships, as well as developing strategies for making better use of social connections and building new connections. Details: Click here, email groups4health@uq.edu.au or contact Melissa Chang (3149 3946).

Prostate cancer study

Healthy men aged 40–60 with no history of prostate cancer are required to assist with ground breaking research to help men experiencing incontinence after prostate surgery. This study involves one session of ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor muscles and is conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus. Parking and reimbursement provided. Details: Dr Ryan Stafford


Positive parenting for healthy living 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 PFSC. For more information, click here. Details: email diabetes.healthyliving@uq.edu.au (3346 7689).

Parkinson's neuroimaging project

Researchers are seeking individuals aged 45+ with mild/moderate Parkinson’s disease, who are right-handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma prior to the onset of Parkinson's for a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions of fMRI scans and questionnaires at St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed. Details: contact Ilvana Dzafic (0425 540 692).

Planning a holiday?

If you are planning a holiday or weekend away some time this year are sought for a study on the restorative impacts of short breaks and vacations. Control group participants not planning a holiday are also required. All participants will receive two movie tickets. Register your interest here. Details: Contact Jan Packer.

Preventing gestational diabetes

A study at the RBWH, Redcliffe and Mater hospitals is investigating whether probiotics can help prevent gestational diabetes. Researchers are seeking women who are size 14+ (BMI >25) and are currently less than 15 weeks pregnant to participate in the study. Details: Contact Katie Foxcroft at RBWH (3646 5164), Anne Tremellen at Mater (3163 6312) or Sharney Grant at Redcliffe (3883 7552). 

Word selection in Parkinson's disease

Both healthy volunteers and individuals with Parkinson’s disease are needed to participate in an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) study. This research will investigate how language production is affected by Parkinson’s disease. Researchers are seeking people aged 55+, who are right handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma. They are also seeking right-handed individuals with Parkinson's disease who have English as their first language and are aged 55+. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions, lasting a total of up to five hours. Participants will be reimbursed. Details: Megan Isaacs (3346 5579).

Do you think you have strong neck muscles?

Office workers who are not research higher degree students, use a computer for more than 20 hours a week and are free of neck pain are needed for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of individual and workplace factors on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Asthma prevention trial

Are you pregnant or have a child younger than 9 months old? Do you or your partner have allergies? Do you have asthma in your family? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions your child may be able to participate in a study to try and prevent asthma. The Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to prevent asthma in children. OM-85 are oral drops that prime the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and reduce damage to the lungs to prevent asthma from developing. Details: Contact Julie Varghese (3636 1283), or click here.  

Seeking pregnant mothers: newborn communication study

Researchers at the Early Cognitive Development Centre are undertaking a project to establish how parents influence the development of newborn imitation. Expectant parents are needed for the study, as the first test occurs one week after birth. All testing occurs in the home, at a time that suits the parents. Participants will receive an HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here or email Siobhan Kennedy.

Research on neck pain in older adults

Participants aged 60+, both with and without neck pain, are needed for a study investigating how neck pain affects balance in older adults. All participants are required to attend one session, which can be held at UQ or in the participant's home. Participants will be given a free report on their neck function, posture and balance. Details: June Quek.

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