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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 22 August 2016


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Chancellor Peter Varghese AO

Brisbane Writers Festival Ticket Giveaway

UQ is proud to be the Principal and Education Partner of the Brisbane Writers Festival. UQ Update has complimentary tickets to giveaway for this year’s Festival, which runs from Wednesday 7–Sunday 11 September. To register your interest for your free tickets click here.

Please note the allocation is likely to be exhausted quickly and a maximum of two tickets can be ordered per person. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email and tickets will be sent to successful ticket holders at a later date. Hurry, tickets will go fast.

The full program is available online.









Wear it Purple Day

Celebrate Wear it Purple day on Friday 26 August by wearing your brightest shade of purple and attending a morning tea at the Alumni Court from 11am–12pm.

Wear it Purple Day has a simple message: you have the right to be proud of who you are. Sexuality or gender identity does not change this.

For more information, click here or by contacting Jordan Tredinnick on ext. 60402.

Applications open for P&F's new Project Fund

As part of this year's Sustainability Week, UQ's Property and Facilities Division (P&F) has launched a new Project Fund to support innovative new sustainability projects at the University. Applications are open from now until midnight on Tuesday 13 September, and you can find all the details on the Sustainability website.

R U OK? 

UQ is once again pleased to support R U OK Day, a day dedicated to reminding us that connecting regularly and meaningfully with people around us can make a difference. This year R U OK Day is on Thursday 8 September, and areas across the University are encouraged to hold activities that bring staff together. Help celebrate this day at UQ by organising an event in your work area. For more information, click here.

Ever wanted to trial a hearing aid?

The UQHRC–Audiology Clinic is having a "Hearing Aid Open Day" on Friday 26 August to celebrate Hearing Awareness Week. This is a great opportunity for UQ staff and their family members with hearing loss to trial a hearing aid around the St Lucia campus for a few hours for free. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. For enquiries or bookings contact the clinic on 3365 2232 or healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation: 2016 Funding Round now open

AusHSI is now accepting expressions of interest for the 2016 Implementation Grant Round. The Implementation Grants support groups to conduct health services research involving implementation and evaluation in a “real world” health service setting. The focus should be on providing evidence for health service changes that are both effective and sustainable. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Friday 2 September. For more information, click here or email contact@aushsi.org.au.

Save the date: 10th Annual Latin American Colloquium 2016

UQ will host the 10th Annual Latin America Colloquium on Wednesday 5 October, exploring an overarching theme of "A decade of collaboration and innovation: Celebrating Australian and Latin American partnerships". The colloquium will encourage broader discussion on the role and impact of Australian and Latin American relations and innovation over the last ten years, featuring three panel discussions focused on education, industry and government. For more information click here or email international.visits@uq.edu.au.

Call for abstracts: HMNS Postgraduate Student Conference 2016

Abstract submissions for the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Postgraduate Student Conference 2016 are now open. The 2016 event entitled “Be in Shape” will be held at the Centre for Children’s Health Research, South Brisbane, from Friday 7–Saturday 8 October, followed by a social function on Saturday evening at the Ship Inn, South Bank. Abstract submissions and attendance at the conference are welcomed from postgraduate students undertaking research in the areas of health, human movement and nutrition sciences. For more information on registering or submitting an abstract, click here.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy 6th International Symposium

UQ, together with Washington University in St. Louis, will co-host the McDonnell International Scholars Academy 6th International Symposium “Addressing Global Challenges through International Collaboration in Education and Research”.

The symposium will be held across multiple venues at UQ St Lucia and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 22–Sunday 25 September.

The biennial symposium provides an invaluable forum for the 32 partner universities with the McDonnell International Scholars Academy to explore the role of research universities in tackling significant global challenges in an uncertain future.

The symposium program will feature sessions and discussions on ongoing research and how institutions of higher learning can foster the collaborative efforts required to address complex global challenges. The symposium will focus on the global challenges of:

  • Population Ageing and Public Health
  • Food, Water and Climate Change
  • Energy and Environment.

There are a limited number of spaces available for UQ postgraduate students to register their attendance through a formal expression of interest. Undergraduate students interested in attending should contact Global Engagement directly.

For further details regarding the symposium and associated events and registration, visit the website or contact UQ Global Engagement.

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ITaLI Public Seminar: Professor Manu Kapur

The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is pleased to host Professor Manu Kapur to present on "Productive Failure in Learning Design" on Tuesday 23 August in the Seddon D Building. Participants will learn how allowing students to flounder before problem solving improves their retention. Professor Kapur will also run a workshop Monday 22 August at 2pm on his specialty, the learning sciences. All UQ staff are invited to attend. For more details or to register for these events, click here.   

QAAFI Science Seminar Series

Professor Corne Pieterse will present a seminar on "The root microbiome and plant health". Plants nurture a large community of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) that provide them with essential services, such as enhanced mineral uptake, nitrogen fixation, growth promotion, and protection from pathogens. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 23 August from 12–1pm in the Level Three Seminar Room, Building 80, For more information, click here.

Public lecture: The future of US planetary exploration

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) distinguished lecture program where Dr Randii Wessen, a former member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will deliver a public lecture entitled "The Future of U.S. Planetary Exploration". The talk will be held on Wednesday 24 August from 6.30pm for a 7pm start in the GHD Auditorium. The event is free and online RSVP is essential. For more information, contact Brock Little.

HMNS Seminar Series: Sport and Health Sciences Research at the University of Exeter

The Sport and Health Sciences Research group from the University of Exeter will be visiting UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. This seminar will present a showcase of their research activities, and include presentations on integrative physiology, physical activity and health across the lifespan, human movement science and children’s health and exercise. The seminar will be held on Thursday 25 August from 12–1pm in Room 127, Building 26A. For more information, contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

Book launch: Australia’s Role in Feeding the World

Emeritus Professor Tor Hundloe, lead editor of this new volume from CSIRO Publishing, will outline the book, Australia’s Role in Feeding the World, which separates realities from hubris and explores constraints and opportunities for the future of Australian agriculture. Everyone is welcome to attend this event on Thursday 25 August from 1–2pm in Room 275, Global Change Institute Building. For more information, click here or contact Jane O'Sullivan.

The Status of “Oriental Nations” in Nineteenth-Century International Law

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Professor of History at the University of Sydney, will be presenting in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities’ Intellectual and Literary History Program public seminar series, Political Authority and the International. Professor Fitzmaurice’s paper will explore the standing of non-European nations in 19th century international law and particularly in the work of the jurist Sir Travers Twiss. The seminar will be held on Thursday 25 August at 4pm in Room 402, Forgan Smith Building. For more information, click here or email iash@uq.edu.au.

Scientific Workflows for Science and the Science of Scientific Workflows

The Research Computing Centre invites all staff, students and members of the public to a seminar to hear Professor Ewa Deelman discuss the role of scientific workflow systems in advancing science, including specific examples of how the Pegasus Workflow Management System has done so. Professor Deelman is Research Director of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute. The seminar will be held on Friday 26 August from 9–10am in Room 505A, Axon Building. For more information, click here or email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au. Registrations are not required. 

Contested Religion, Media and Culture in India: History and Theory

Pradip Thomas, from the School of Communication and Arts, will be presenting in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities’ Critical and Cultural Studies Program public seminar series. The paper will deal with academic explorations of contested religion against the background of religious nationalism, the rise of the Hindutva movement and the upsurge in minority fundamentalisms. The seminar will be held on Friday 26 August at 11am in Room 402, Forgan Smith Building. For more information, click here or email iash@uq.edu.au.

HMNS Seminar Series: Research Impact

Professor Karen Hussey, Deputy Director, Global Change Institute will present a seminar on "A new paradigm for researchers? The ‘why' and ‘how' of collaboration with industry, government and communities". The days of focusing exclusively on how to get your h-index up are over; in the future, we can expect to see funding success and promotion linked to the concept of "research impact". Professor Hussey will discuss why this shift has occurred, why it’s a positive move, and what you can do about it in your own research and career ambitions. The seminar will be held on Friday 26 August from 12–1pm in Room 219, Building 26B. For more information, contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

3MT® Wildcard Competition

The Faculty and All-Institute 3MT® finals are finished and seven of the eight competitors for the upcoming UQ final have been selected. One final wildcard spot remains. Come along to the QBI Auditorium on Thursday 1 September at 1pm and watch the People’s Choice winners present their 3MT® for one last chance at being a grand finalist. Afternoon tea will be provided but tickets are limited so please register to secure your seat. For more information, click here or contact the 3MT® team on ext. 60510.

CRE in Telehealth forum

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth invites UQ staff and community to a presentation by Emma Rushbrooke, Clinical Director, Hear and Say, on telehealth and hearing loss. The presenter will provide an overview of Hear and Say telehealth services such as Listening and Spoken Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Audiology services (i.e. programming of cochlear implants) as well as remote mentoring of professional staff. Information about outcomes and lessons learned over 18 years of telehealth service delivery will be shared. The seminar will be held on Friday 2 September from 11am–12pm in Room 2007, TRI building, Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Videoconference details are available on the website. For more information, contact Dominique Bird.

Geriatric Medicine Seminar Series

The Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine is pleased to host Dr Jacki Liddle, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Occupational Therapist, Queensland Brain Institute, along with Dr Theresa Scott, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, UQ School of Medicine for their talk on “Driving, Driving Cessation and People with Dementia”. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 6 September from 12.30–1.30pm at TRI seminar room 2007, PA Hospital Campus. To RSVP or find out more information contact crgm@uq.edu.au.

2016 Annual Lecture in Politics and International Affairs

In collaboration with UPLIT Brisbane Writer's Festival, The University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies invites UQ staff and community to the 2016 Annual Lecture in Politics and International Affairs, delivered by Walkley Award-winning journalist and correspondent, Stan Grant. The seminar will be held on Friday 9 September at 5.45pm for 6–7pm, followed by a reception until 8pm in the AEB Auditorium. For more information, click here or email engagement@hass.uq.edu.au.

ISSR Seminar Research Using GIS Technologies

Dr Yan Liu will present a seminar on "Spatially Integrated Humanities and Social Science Research Using GIS Technologies". It will explore the dramatic shift in the era of big data towards processing and analysing increasingly large scale diverse data in both spatial and computational contexts. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 13 September from 1.15–2.15pm in Room 201, Cycad Building, Long Pocket Precinct, accessible by free shuttle bus from St Lucia. For more information, click here.

Boeing/UQ Research Workshop

A Boeing/UQ Research Workshop will be held on Wednesday 14 September from 9am–2pm. This is an opportunity for researchers to meet with Boeing staff and learn about their approach to R&D. The sessions will feature an overview of Boeing Research and Technology in Australia and how UQ can engage more effectively with Boeing. This will be followed by presentations by a selection of UQ researchers engaged in research in the areas of remote sensing, modelling and simulation and virtual and augmented reality. Register here attaching your signature block. The program and location will be circulated prior to the workshop.

Other upcoming events 

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Analysis of information encoding and dynamics in optically recorded cortical circuits (24.08.2016)

beyond the Tower: Music performance (25.08.2016)


More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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



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Sheep flock to ewe-Q

UQ’s newest community members are really raising the baa. Ten Merino wether sheep have been engaged to maintain the grass between the rows of 37,000 solar panels at Gatton’s 3.275-megawatt solar research facility. The sheep graze 4.5 hectares of the 11.5-hectare site, and will soon graze a further 2.5 hectares – meaning they’ll soon maintain over 60% of the area. Part of UQ’s School of Veterinary Science, the sheep are reducing the $50,000 annual cost of mowing the grass and freeing up agricultural land on campus. They’ve also become media stars – the woolly workers recently featured on ABC News online and ABC TV.

That’s a wrap for Sustainability Week

Sustainability Week 2016 involved hundreds of attendees, 28 events and one great aim: to encourage the campus community to embrace sustainable living. From Monday 15–Friday 19 August, areas across UQ, from student groups to academic schools, hosted a variety of sustainability-themed events designed to inspire, engage and entertain the campus community. The week was a huge success, and included everything from seminars, workshops and solar tours to film screenings, tree plantings and a Suitcase Rummage. A huge thank you to everyone who hosted or participated in an event and helped strengthen UQ’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future.

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Mad Rush: a musical performance by Lisa Moore

New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore will perform at the School of Music. Hailed by The New Yorker as "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" Lisa will perform works by Philip Glass, Bach, Leoš Janàček, and Martin Bresnick. The concert will be held on Thursday 25 August from 1–2pm in the Nickson Room, School of Music, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

UQ Requiem performance

As part of the series The History of the Requiem, UQ School of Music Chamber Singers and their Director Graeme Morton will present a performance with the Brisbane Chamber Choir of Peter Sculthorpe's Requiem. It will be preceded by Patrick Murphy, UQ Performance Fellow, performing Sculthorpe's Requiem for Cello Alone. The concert will be held on Saturday 27 August at 8pm at St John's Cathedral, Brisbane CBD. For more information, click here or contact Graeme Morton.

Brisbane City Pops Orchestra

Brisbane City Pops Orchestra presents "Dance and Romance Live Orchestra" on Sunday 4 September from 2pm at the Schonell Theatre. The performance features a wide variety of well-known dance music, including the exotic Ballet Egyptien by Luigini, the joyful Bartered Bride Polka by Smetana and the exciting Slavonic Dance No. 8 by Dvorak. For more information, click here.

1200kms for Kids Charity Bike Ride presents Breaking Special

The Schonell Theatre will host a charity film night screening of Breaking Special on Wednesday 7 September at 7pm. The 1200kms for Kids Charity Bike Ride raises much-needed funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. All movie proceeds will help seriously ill children. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Book launch: The Greater Hope

The University of Queensland School of Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Twelfth Night Theatre, invites UQ staff and community to celebrate the launch of The Greater Hope, translated by Dr Geoff Wilkes. Join us at this special event where guest speaker Dr Geoff Wilkes will discuss his translation strategies. Excerpts from the novel will be dramatised in German and in English. Refreshments will be served before and after the presentation. The event will be held on Thursday 8 September from 4–7pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information and to register, click here.

An evening of film and conversation

The Society of Conservation Biology UQ/Brisbane Chapter is hosting a film night on Wednesday 14 September at 6pm in the Schonell Theatre. Showcasing student short films and featuring the hilarious tale of one of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunders, this is a night you will not want to miss. Join us for Cane Toads the Conquest, a film by Mark Lewis. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Sponsored Mandarin learning for UQ staff: expression of interest

In conjunction with UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Confucius Institute at UQ is offering sponsored places for UQ staff to undertake short-term Mandarin study. This important learning opportunity aims to assist participants in their understanding and use of Mandarin. Two courses are available to choose from, commencing Wednesday 7 September. Applications close Friday 26 August. The Confucius Institute at UQ is committed to nurturing stronger pathways to Chinese, language and culture for UQ staff and the community. For course information, click here.

Register now for UQ Fitness Passport

UQ Wellness invites eligible staff to register for the UQ Fitness Passport program as more facilities become available. This program allows members unlimited access to more than 90 fitness facilities for $12.95 per week for 12 months. Family memberships, which include partners and dependent children under the age of 18, are available for $19.95 per week. The program will go live once 600 employees register. The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday 9 September. Please note that new fitness facilities are being added to the program regularly. Click here for details and to register. Log in by entering your UQ username and password. For more information, contact UQ Wellness manager Vicki McNabb on ext. 51516.  

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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Open Course Scheme: now at Gatton campus and Downtown

Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see your colleagues in action and to witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for you to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well, pick up new ideas, see different strategies, re-discover old favourites and to reflect on your own teaching. New courses have opened at the Gatton campus and the UQ Business School Downtown. For more information, click here.

Rainmaker: Building Client Relationships short course 

"Sales" is not a dirty word. The ability to sell is a necessary supplement to any skill suite, particularly as greater importance is placed on building and sustaining long-term relationships with clients. To gain an understanding of the pragmatic skills and theory you need to attract and cultivate new clients and bolster existing relationships, join UQ Business School Executive Education for the Rainmaker short course on Thursday 15–Friday 16 September at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ staff discount on New Leader Course

The New Leader Course is designed for supervisors, managers or team leaders who are looking for essential skills and knowledge in leadership and management. It covers key areas such as managing task and performance, handling conflict, teams, communication, motivation and delegation; and will help you develop your personal leadership style. The next New Leader Course will take place from Monday 7–Tuesday 8 November. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. For more information and to register, click here or contact the Executive Education Client Services Team on ext. 67111.

UQ staff discount on Advanced Presentation Skills

Advanced Presentation Skills is designed to transform fearful presenters into fear-free presenters. Facilitator Barry O'Sullivan draws on 22 years of industry experience, combined with leadership coaching and acting techniques to assist participants to enhance their personal presentation skills. This course does not include any on-the-spot role play. The course will be held on Wednesday 16 November from 8.30am–5pm at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. For more information and to register, click here or contact the Executive Education Client Services Team on ext. 67111.

Staff development

MFSAS: statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

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Food constituents to activate heat production in brown fat

Healthy volunteers are sought to investigate the effects of food constituents on brown fat activity. Brown fat is good, because when activated it dissipates calories as heat. Activating brown fat with an optimal meal composition may therefore assist in prevention of weight gain. Participants will attend the clinical research facility at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, undergo a PET-CT scan to determine how much brown fat they have. They will then receive a test meal and undergo metabolic rate testing over three-hours to measure the effects of the meal on brown fat activity. Participants will be reimbursed with gift cards. Details: Dr Veronique Chachay.

Free exercise program for weight loss

Volunteers aged 18–60 years who are overweight and inactive are sought for an exercise training study investigating the effect of exercise time-of-day on weight loss. Eligible participants will receive a free 12-week supervised exercise program as well as health assessments including body composition analysis (DXA scans), fitness and metabolic testing (VO2 and RMR), diet and physical activity assessment, and cholesterol checks. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking will be provided. Details: click here or contact Paige Brooker.

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

If you are experiencing low mood, nervousness or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships, then the free program, Groups 4 Health, which is being run by the School of Psychology, might be for you. The one-and-a-half hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships. In the workshops, participants will learn why groups are good for health, discover and map their own social network, develop strategies for making better use of social connections, and learn how to build new connections. Groups commence in August 2016 and will continue throughout the year. Details: info@groups4health.com (3149 3946).

Free exercise training

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

Memory and epilepsy

Healthy adults aged 30–50 who are right-handed are sought for a study that investigates the ability to remember words and to retrieve personal memories. The study includes two tasks in the MRI scanner. In the first task, you are asked to retrieve memories from your personal past and relive them in your mind. In the second task, you see a number of words and are asked to remember as many as possible because we will ask you about them immediately after you have seen them, 24 hours and seven days later. The two follow-up recall sessions are conducted via telephone. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: click here or contact Javier Urriola Yaksic.

Have you experienced chronic pain?

People who have experienced chronic pain are needed to complete an online study that will ask you to share your experiences of pain, how you track your pain, and your opinion of pain-tracking mobile applications (apps) on electronic devices. Your responses will help shape and inform the development of a mobile health app to help people living with pain, which is being developed by the IMB Centre for Pain Research. Complete the online survey. Details: pain@imb.uq.edu.au.

Relationships between vision and neck complaints

Volunteers with neck pain or a whiplash injury are sought to help researchers understand more about the relationship between neck pain, vision and eye movement control. This research involves filling out simple questionnaires and participating in two non-invasive tests analysing eye movements when following different objects. The testing procedure will take a maximum of 45 minutes, and volunteers will receive thank-you goodies as well feedback on their performance. Details: contact Phoebe Giffard or Laura Daly.  

Investigating the usefulness of a new anxiety program for adults on the autism spectrum

Adults on the autism spectrum who reside in Brisbane or are able to travel to Brisbane are sought to participate in a pilot anxiety program. Eligibility for inclusion in the pilot program includes being on the autism spectrum, feeling anxious a lot of the time and scoring 80 and above on a measure of cognitive ability. Details: click here or contact Cindy Nicollet (3163 2496).

Neuroimaging of cognitive processes

Healthy volunteers aged 18–35 are sought for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of cognitive processes in the brain at St Lucia. The study will involve completing a behavioural task while inside an MRI scanner. Volunteers must have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, must not be colour blind and must not be taking psychiatric medications. Participation in this study consists of one 90 minute session, with $30 reimbursement. Details: Kristina Horne.

Have you recently suffered back pain?

If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Be part of a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back, again and again. If you are aged 18–50 and have hurt your back pain in the last week you may be eligible. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.

Children's abilities to make choices about rewards

Children between the ages of four years four months and four years eight months are sought for a study on how children make choices about rewards. Children will play various games where they choose between different types of rewards (such as stickers). Some games will require that children make a decision about how many stickers they receive. If they wish to receive more stickers they must wait until the end, however if they wish to receive stickers immediately they will receive fewer. The study will involve a single 30-minute session at the ECDC labs and children will receive, in addition to their stickers, a certificate and small prize. Details: click here or contact Brooke Musgrove.

Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?

Healthy office workers aged 18+ with no prior experience of using a stand-up desk are sought to participate in a study evaluating the health effects of using a sit-stand workstation. Eligible participants will receive a standing workstation and possible allocation to an exercise program for four weeks. An activity monitor will also be worn to measure physical activity. Details: Alyssa Welch


Post traumatic stress disorder

Adults aged 18–65 who have a current diagnosis of PTSD are sought for a trial of a new oral medication. To be eligible, participants must not be currently on any medication for PTSD (except as needed benzodiazepam), no longer exposed to the trauma that caused the PTSD and have no history of seizure disorders or uncontrolled sleep apnoea. The trial runs for approximately 16 weeks with fortnightly visits to The Wesley Hospital. Parking is free and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Details: Tracy Grierson (3721 1541).

Energy metabolism research

Researchers are seeking healthy participants aged 18+ with a BMI ≥ 30kg/m2.You can calculate your BMI here. The aim of this study is to investigate whether people with different BMI ranges have different chemical profiles in blood and urine. Participation takes place at QML Pathology, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba, and includes a lifestyle questionnaire and donation of 10mL of blood and 50mL of urine. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles giftcard. Details: Helen Won.

Hamstring injury study

Volunteers aged 18–40, who have recently sustained a hamstring muscle strain injury are sought to take part in a study. Participants will be asked to attend a 15–20 minute testing session once a week for the duration of their injury recovery. Times and location of the testing sessions are flexible. The study will determine whether the mechanomyographic technique, which measures how quickly muscles contract, may be used in injury rehabilitation. Participants will receive a $100 gift card at the completion of the study. Details: Laura Seidl.

Seeking volunteers with knee pain

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–40, who have experienced pain around the front of their knee for at least six weeks. This study will investigate balance performance, and the immediate effects of different shoe inserts on balance. Participants will attend a single testing session of approximately two hours at the St Lucia campus. Questionnaires will be completed, as well as tests of foot and ankle mobility. Various balance tests will be performed under different shoe and insert conditions. Details: Dr Natalie Collins (3346 7751).

Neck pain and brain changes

Adults aged 18–55 years who are suffering from neck pain are sought to investigate how neck pain changes the brain. The study involves attendance at one three-hour session using EMG electrodes on neck muscles and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to map the representation of your neck muscles in the brain. Participants will receive $50 reimbursement at the end of EMG data collection. Details: Edith Elgueta.

Neck pain? Male volunteers required for spine and shoulder posture study

Male volunteers aged 18–70 who have had neck pain in the past three months or more and have no history of trauma to the head, neck or shoulder are sought for a study. The study will use 3D motion capture technology to investigate spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Female volunteers needed for strength testing

Females aged 18–40 years with no history of lower limb injury, are sought for a study to test your leg muscle strength and balance. Testing will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted in Building 84A at the St Lucia campus. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj.

Tech, tots and bots: children's learning from interactive technologies

Children aged 22–24 months are sought for a study on how children learn from technology. This study will investigate whether or not children can learn to complete a sequence of actions to build a toy from one of three different sources of instruction: a social robot, a touch-screen tablet or a human. It has previously been found that young children can learn how to build these toys by watching an adult demonstrate the steps, but they learn less well when the same actions are presented through video. Your child will receive a certificate and small gift for participating. Details: complete the survey or contact Kristyn Hensby.

Rheumatoid arthritis research: understanding the family link

Researchers are seeking individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), individuals with a family history of RA and healthy controls for a study. The study hopes to identify the relation between RA, genetics and other factors influencing the onset of the disease. The research is led by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. Details: di.arthritis@uq.edu.au (3443 6992).

Brain networks

Healthy volunteers aged 18–65 are sought for a study investigating structural and functional brain networks using EEG and MRI. This study involves two parts that are held on different days at the St Lucia campus. The first part is an EEG experiment, which will take 1.5 hours. The second part is an MRI study, and will take one hour. Volunteers will be sent a pre-screening questionnaire to determine their eligibility for the study, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Volunteers will be reimbursed $30. Details: Lena Oestreich.

Free examination and x-ray of your ankle

Adults with a suspected or known diagnosis of ankle osteoarthritis are sought for a laboratory study that will assess muscle strength, joint movement, sensation, balance and walking in people with ankle osteoarthritis. Testing will occur at the St Lucia campus and will take approximately five hours over one or two sessions. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher and a free x-ray of your ankle from a local radiology clinic. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi.

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 participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits.

People with low back pain needed for brain and back pain study

Volunteers aged 18–65 years with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at St Lucia Therapies Building 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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