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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 22 May 2017


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UQ ChangeMakers with guest speaker Andrew Liveris AO

Join Brisbane’s business community at an industry engagement event with Andrew Liveris AO, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, for a broad-ranging conversation about how Australia can improve its competitiveness globally, including consideration of sustainable energy policies and the importance of STEM education to a knowledge-based economy.

This UQ-hosted event will be held on Friday 21 July, 12pm for 12.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills. Tickets are available for pre-sale to UQ staff on Monday 29 May. For more information, click here.

UQ ChangeMakers is a forum for leaders to impart their personal experiences, knowledge and opinions about current trends and issues related to government, industry and higher education.









Present your innovative teaching technology at the Electro Expo

The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is seeking expressions of interest for presenters for the first Electro Expo for 2017. The Electro Expo is a showcase of innovative teaching technologies and tools, presented live in a web kiosk/electronic poster format.

The showcase will be held on Thursday 22 June from 1–4pm in Sir James Foots building, Room 341. Participants will be able to observe, learn and experience some of UQ's best teaching technologies live. Staff using online, electronic, or any other out-of-the-box teaching tools are invited to submit their Expression of Interest to present. All staff are invited to register to attend the event.

For more information, contact Stefani Rooney at 3365 6351.

Event road disruption notification: Sir William Macgregor Drive

Please be advised that the 2017 Alzheimer’s Australia Memory Walk and Jog event will be taking place at the Athletics Centre and along the John Oxley River walking track, St Lucia campus, on Sunday 28 May from 8–11.30am. There will be slight disruptions to traffic along Sir William Macgregor Drive during this event, and while there will be no road closures at UQ, the UQ community should be aware of increased pedestrian traffic during these times and adhere to the 30km/hr speed zone on campus. For further information, visit the Memory Walk and Jog website or contact the Event Manager, Jessica Irons.

Would you like to nominate someone for an Honorary Award?

All staff and students are invited to submit a nomination for one of the following honorary awards: Honorary doctorate, UQ Fellowship, or Distinguished Service Medal. The nomination form should be completed and returned to John Montgomery, the Secretary of the Honorary Awards Committee by Friday 14 July.

Publons Academy

The Library has partnered with Publons to provide access to the Publons Academy, a free, online peer-review training course designed for research higher degree students and early career researchers in collaboration with world-renowned researchers, peer-reviewers, journal editors and Nobel Laureates. The course is designed to give RHDs and ECRs a full understanding of the peer review process. Sign up for the course any time. Enrolments are now open. For more information, click here or contact Elena Danilova at 3346 4194.

Electronic payment summaries available in MyAurion

As from Monday 26 June, staff will be able to access their 2016/2017 Payment Summary via MyAurion. Printed Payment Summaries will only be available where staff have left the University, or have formally notified that they will soon be leaving UQ or where staff, such as casuals, have not received a salary payment since 1 April 2017. For instructions on accessing the Payment Summary in MyAurion, click here or contact payroll@uq.edu.au.

UQ booster program for people who stutter

This program is designed for people who stutter and who have started receiving treatment for their stuttering using a smooth speech technique. It will involve learning and practising smooth speech to alter the speech pattern, which is one of the most widely used treatments for stuttering. It is recommended that clients attend all days of the program. Students will conduct the treatment under the close supervision of qualified and experienced speech pathologists. The program will be individually tailored to suit your current fluency needs and will be held from Wednesday 28–Friday 30 June on Level 6, Therapies building, St Lucia campus. For more information, contact the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic.

2018 round of Endeavour Mobility Grants: applications closing soon

The 2018 round of the Australia Awards – Endeavour Mobility Grants will close soon. Administered by the Department of Education and Training, Endeavour Mobility Grants support engagement between Australia and the rest of the world. Grants are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate overseas projects. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday 7 June. More information and application forms can be found at the Global Engagement website or by emailing global.engagement@uq.edu.au.

Applications for the 2017 Reimagine Education Award open

The Reimagine Education Awards acknowledge and reward innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability. Further information about the awards, including application guidelines, templates and UQ’s internal application process and timeline, is available on the ITaLI website. Register your intent to apply for a Reimagine Education Award here by Friday 9 June. Please direct all queries to teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.




QAAFI Science Seminar

Professor Alan Tilbrook is QAAFI's new Professor of Animal Welfare and will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled 'Hormones, stress and animal welfare'. This seminar will be held on Tuesday 23 May from 12–1pm at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct building, Level 3, Large Seminar Room (3.142). A live stream of the seminar will also be available. For more information or to access the live stream, click here.

Feminist history: past, present, and future

Professor Joy Damousi from the University of Melbourne will be presenting in IASH’s Intellectual and Literary History Program public seminar series, The Future of History. Professor Damousi will discuss the major achievements by feminist historians from the 1970s onwards in re-examining the writing of history. The seminar will be held in Room 402, Level 4, Forgan Smith Tower from 4–5.30pm on Thursday 25 May. For more information, click here or email iash@uq.edu.au.

Integrative analysis of omics data to predict gene targets for human common diseases

Join Professor Jian Yang, Group Leader at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience, in the IMB seminar series. Professor Yang will present a talk titled 'Integrative analysis of omics data to predict gene targets for human common diseases'. The seminar will be held on Friday 26 May from 12.30–1.30pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct auditorium. For more information, contact Professsor Peter Visscher at imbevents@uq.edu.au.

Copyright and Creativity: Is Australian Policy Hurting Creators?

Fulbright Senior Fellow Professor Patricia Aufderheide from the American University, Washington DC, will present a seminar at the School of Communication and Arts. Copyright is designed to promote national culture by providing incentives to creators, both through rewards to those who have already made work (copyright monopolies) and through incentives to those who are making new work to access current copyright culture (copyright exceptions/user rights). The balance between the two is the sweet spot for national culture, innovation, and creative industries. Is Australia hitting the right balance? This seminar will be held on Friday 26 May from 3–4pm in Room 601, Michie building. For more information, click here or email communication-arts@uq.edu.au.

The Islands: an open-ended virtual environment used to facilitate research

Staff and students are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Michael Bulmer from the School of Mathematics and Physics, about The Islands, an open-ended virtual environment that has been used to facilitate student research projects in a statistics curriculum. Students are able to conduct experiments using a population of virtual humans as subjects. Dr Bulmer will give a tour of The Islands and discuss uses at UQ and at other institutions. The presentation will be held on Monday 29 May from 11am–12pm at the Centre for Digital Scholarship training room, Level 5, Duhig Tower. For more information, click here or email cds@library.uq.edu.au.

The Politics of Twitter

Dr Constance Duncombe from the School of Political Science and International Studies will present a seminar on the ‘Politics of Twitter’ as part of the Visual Politics Program. Dr Duncombe’s research examines how Twitter, often dismissed as perpetuating unmoderated, irrational communication, is now increasingly used between states and their policymakers. Through Twitter, state leaders can provoke strong emotional reactions from their counterparts, potentially inciting or exacerbating political crises. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 May from 12–1pm in General Purpose North (39A), room 501. For more information, click here or contact Roland Bleiker.

CRE in Telehealth Forum

The team from the CRE in Telehealth is delighted to invite all to its June 2017 forum which will be a presentation by Professor Roslyn Boyd, Scientific Director at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre. Professor Boyd will discuss how emerging technologies are improving the early detection of cerebral palsy in infants. Telehealth is also being used to link with parents at home and for professional education and collaboration which further enhance detection and treatment. This presentation will be held on Friday 2 June from 11am–12pm, at the Translational Research Institute, Room 2007, Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. All are welcome and no registration is required. Videoconference for the presentation will be available. For more information, click here or contact Shelly Bell at 3176 5530. 

Other upcoming events

Toolbox for Protein Characterisation (23.05.17)

Energy Express Seminar: Simon Bartlett and Jim Snow (23.05.17)

Hormones, stress and animal welfare (23.05.17)

The 1967 Referendum 50 years on: an Indigenous Reflection (25.05.17)

Paula and Tony Kinnane Annual Lecture (26.05.17)

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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The Green Office gets plastic-banishing fantastic

How much single-use plastic waste do you think you'd go through in a week? UQ's Green Office is challenging you to find out. Join us for 5 Days of Plastic: from Monday 29 May–Friday 2 June, we're asking willing participants to fit all the single-use plastic waste they use that week into one small container. The aim is to help us all minimise our waste habits. Did you know that Queenslanders are estimated to use 900 million single-use plastic bags every year? Help shrink those numbers and visit the Sustainability website to find out more about 5 Days of Plastic and how you can take part.

Sustainability Week 2017 nominations now open

It's that time of year again: nominations are now open for UQ Sustainability Week 2017, which runs from Monday 21–Friday 25 August. We're inviting all UQ areas to participate, and we welcome a variety of event proposals, including morning teas, campus tours, movie nights, educational walks, awareness campaigns, sustainability presentations or demonstrations, tree planting and more. Email your nominations to sustainability@uq.edu.au and view last year's Sustainability Week program here. If you have any questions, contact Suzanne Davis.

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Dream, Girl screening for RizeUp

Dream, Girl is a documentary film showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. The proceeds from this screening will be passed onto RizeUp, a charity supporting victims of domestic violence. The donation will be made through Running CEOs, who are aiming to raise $300,000 by October 2017. The screening for the film will be held on Wednesday 31 May at the Schonell Theatre from 7–10pm. For more information, click here or phone Schonell Theatre at 3377 2988.

Scinema Film Festival 2017: book tickets now

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to see award-winning films on the big screen at the Scinema International Film Festival at premiere screenings in Palace Cinemas across Australia from Wednesday 7–Monday 19 June, and hosted in Brisbane by the UQ Faculty of Science on Thursday 8 June. Scinema is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere. Eight winners have been chosen from 1194 entries from 90 countries, for awards in Best Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Experimental/Animation Film, Award for Technical Merit, Award for Scientific Merit and a Special Jury Award. For more information, click here or contact Katherine Roberts.

New vegan range at On a Roll Bakery

On a Roll Bakery has added a delicious range of vegan options into the mix. This new range includes Acai bliss balls, a vegan sandwich, three types of tasty vegan pies, coconut milk and more. So whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or just looking for delicious food, On a Roll Bakery has got you covered. For more information, click here.

Holy Hour at Saint Lucy

Sitting in traffic is bad for your health (said lots of people, all the time), blessed are those who seek refuge and wait for less traffic. Saint Lucy finds that after a long day of lectures (yes, Saint Lucy studies too) praying at the altar of the pizza oven brings much happiness and fulfilment. Improve your health and well being by joining the masses for Holy Hour Monday to Thursday, 5–6pm, for $15 pizza and $5 drinks. Pizzas of the day: Marcello Monday, Margherita Tuesday, Cacciatorini Wednesday, Quatro Formaggi Thursday. For more information and to make a booking, click here or phone Saint Lucy caffe e cucina at 3301 0001.

Adult autism spectrum group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets twice a month for adults to discuss issues and find friendships. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Annual biosafety update sessions

Do you work with biological material? GMOs? High risk biological material? Unscreened samples? Biosecurity or quarantine material? Have you heard about the latest legislation updates? Come along to one of the annual biosafety sessions to hear the latest in compliance requirements for anyone working with biological material. Sessions will be run at St Lucia, Gatton and the Translational Research Institute. For more information, visit the OHS Biosafety website or email biosafety@uq.edu.au.

Respond to contract cheating websites with workshop on identity verified assessment

Contract cheating website services are a serious threat to academic integrity and a concern for all UQ teachers. One approach to address this concern is to increase the robustness of student identity verification across the range of assessment delivered. All staff in teaching focused roles are invited to attend this workshop on Monday 29 May from 1–3pm in the Learning Innovation Building, Room 202. Work collaboratively to diagnose potential student identity issues in sample assessment items, then redesign an assessment item for increased identity verification. For more information and to register, click here or contact Susan Rowland.

UQ staff discount on Leading People and Teams

Leading and coordinating groups and teams is an increasingly important capability in the modern organisation. This course is focused upon theories, models and practical frameworks for the effective and strategic leadership of teams. Participants will leave the course with an in-depth understanding and a range of tools and techniques to lead and develop high performing teams. UQ staff receive 20 per cent off UQ Business School Executive Education courses. The course will be held from Monday 29 May–Friday 2 June. For more information and to register, click here or email execed@business.uq.edu.au.

Developing a Teaching and Learning Grant Application

Are you thinking of submitting a Teaching and Learning Grant application? If so, ITaLI invites you to attend the Developing a Teaching and Learning Grant Application Workshop on Friday 2 June from 10am–12pm. The workshop will provide attendees with tips and advice on planning and developing an effective grant application. For more information and to register, visit the Staff Development website, or email teaching.grants@uq.edu.au.

Breakfast: how to forge a path to the C-Suite

What do recruiters really want? Join UQ Business School Executive Education for a sit-down breakfast on Thursday 8 June at 7–9am, where you'll hear from leading industry and academic experts about the key characteristics that are valued by companies when they recruit leaders and executives. You'll also explore how you can develop these skills to further your career. For more information and to register, click here or contact Jai Morton.

Register now: Teaching and Learning Grants 'pitch your idea' sessions

Do you have an idea for an initiative to enhance the student experience? Want to apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant or an Early Career Educational Research Grant? ITaLI is providing an opportunity for you to pitch your idea to a wide audience to receive valuable feedback and advice on your project design prior to submitting an application. Each pitch is allocated 15 minutes, comprising a five minute presentation on the rationale of the project and proposed approach, and 10 minutes of feedback. Sessions are scheduled for Friday 9, Tuesday 13, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June at the Learning Innovation Building. Places are limited. For more information, click here or contact Stefani Rooney at 3365 6351.

Do you have friends or family looking to improve their English language skills?

The Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education is running Practice English classes from Monday 19 June–Thursday 13 July. These afternoon classes are held from Monday to Friday and give participants a chance to focus on their speaking, listening, grammar and vocabulary skills, and gain more confidence communicating in English. For more information visit the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education website or email enquiries@icte.uq.edu.au.

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff who would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. To organise an appointment with an eLearning Advisor, follow the steps as outlined on the eLearning Solutions Service website.

eLearning workshops

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

  • Learn.UQ Basics (9.30am–12pm, Tuesday 6 June, St Lucia)
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams (9.30am–12pm, Wednesday 7 June, St Lucia)
  • Learn.UQ Grade Centre (10am–12pm, Thursday 8 June, St Lucia)
  • Turnitin (10am–12pm, Thursday 8 June, St Lucia)
  • UQ Active Learning tools (2–4pm, Monday 12 June, St Lucia)
Email help@learn.uq.edu.au with the subject line 'eLearning update subscription' to subscribe to the UQ eLearning update to receive information on tool updates.

Open Course Scheme

Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see colleagues in action and witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for those who wish to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well, pick up new ideas, see different strategies, rediscover old favourites, and reflect on personal teaching. For more information, click here or contact Peter Rutherford.

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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Have you had experience with jerks at work?

Volunteers who are currently working or have previous work experience are sought for a study investigating individuals’ underlying motives to punish and reintegrate transgressors in the workplace. The study will involve a 45 minute interview at St Lucia, talking about the participants past experience with workplace transgressions. Details: Mylyn Dat

PTSD Trial

Volunteers aged 18–65 who suffer from PTSD are sought for a clinical trial of an oral medication to treat symptoms. Participants must not already be on medication for PTSD, must be healthy and be able to visit the Wesley Hospital fortnightly for two hour appointments over a 16 week period. Parking is free, and reimbursement for travel will be provided. Details: Tracy Grierson or phone 3721 1541

Have your balance tested

Volunteers aged 60+ are invited to participate in a study investigating hip strength and balance. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake one testing session at UQ, St Lucia campus, and one testing session at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Details: Alexandra Picorelli

Interested in maintaining a healthy brain?

Volunteers who are caucasian and aged 55+, may be eligible to participate in a UQ brain science study. Researchers are trialing a unique, non-invasive brain stimulation technique to improve cognition in several areas, including how we perceive other people’s perspectives and emotions, and attention and quick decision making. This study will take two sessions of about two hours over the months of June and July, at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: uq.brainstim1@gmail.com

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

Volunteers aged 18–65 with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at the Therapies Building, St Lucia, on two occasions. The laboratory visit will take approximately three hours and will involve a series of experiments designed to measure your back muscle and brain activity. Participants will be eligible for reimbursement of their time. Details: Edith Elgueta

Fathers of children with hearing loss

Fathers of children born in Queensland with hearing loss and aged 3–36 months, are sought for a family-centred study to explore the needs of parents of children with hearing loss. If you decide to be involved in this study, volunteers will be asked to participate in one individual interview (approximately 50 minutes), either face-to-face or over the telephone/skype, and to complete a short 20-item questionnaire (approximately 10 minutes). Details: Mansoureh Nickbakht

Pain reflex in people with low back pain

Volunteers with chronic low back pain (defined as ongoing lower back pain experienced at least three days a week for more than three months) are sought for this study. Volunteers must not have any other significant medical history. This study evaluates how the nervous system protects the body from pain in people with low back pain. Participation requires attending one session for approximately two hours which will evaluate the automatic responses of the trunk muscles following a series of brief noxious stimuli applied to the trunk. Testing will take place in the Therapies Building, St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Cognitive processes and social behaviour

Married couples or couples who have been together for one year+ are sought for a study. Participants are asked to complete four different cognitive tasks, and several attitude measures. Participants will also engage in a series of video-recorded social exercises. The tasks and the video-recorded social exercises will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Each couple will be reimbursed $50 to compensate them for their time and effort. This study will take place at UQ St Lucia's, McElwain Building (24A), room 320. Details: Alicia Lim

Free exercise training

Researchers are currently looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes, who are interested in improving their overall health, to participate in an exercise training study designed to improve diabetic health. 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

Posture control with scoliosis

Volunteers diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, aged 18–50 and without spinal surgery, are sought for a study of postural control. Testing involves one two-hour session with a procedure for downward pressure at the shoulders, and sensors on the skin to record muscle responses and movement. A study of one person with idiopathic scoliosis showed that they had very different ways of coordinating their posture. We're keen to examine whether these differences are common among people with idiopathic scoliosis, with potential for new insights into causes and management of scoliosis. Details: Dr Andrew Claus

Do you know a child with a French accent?

Children aged 6–12 with a strong French accent are sought for a study investigating how children respond to native and foreign accented speech. Participants must be are willing to read out simple sentences (e.g. “Penguins don’t fly”) that will be voice recorded. The recording session will take approximately 20 minutes at UQ St Lucia. The recordings will be de-identified and used only for the purpose of the study. Parents will be provided with a $30 Coles Group and Myer giftcard and children will be given a small gift. Details: Jessica Spence

What time do you exercise?

Active volunteers aged 18+ who typically exercise two or more times per week are sought for this study, which involves completing a short face-to-face questionnaire-assisted interview to help us understand individuals' exercise time of the day preferences. Participants will go in the draw to win one of two $50 gift vouchers. Details: click here or contact Veronica Morlotti

Interested in how the brain processes language?

Researchers are seeking participants aged 60+ who are right handed; speak English as a primary language; no history of neurological disease, mental illness; or head trauma; and have no metals present in the body. Participation involves a brain scanning (fMRI) session at the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Participants are required to complete a language task while in the scanner and a few short tasks prior to the scan. The session will last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and effort. Details: Natasha Simons on 3346 6110

Is your child raised in a bilingual home?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking infants aged 15–19 months who have been raised in a bilingual home to participate in a study on the development of counting principles. The study takes place in the Psychology building and lasts about 15–30 minutes. During the session, guardians will not be separated from their child, and will receive a certificate and a small gift for participation at the end of the session. Details: Jonathan Redshaw

Language and gestures in young men

Males aged 20–35 who speak English as their native language are sought to take part in a study investigating word and gesture production. The study involves a series of short tasks, in which you are asked to produce words and gestures or to name pictures while we record your responses. The experiment takes 1.5 hours and participants will be reimbursed $30. Details: fill out a contact form

Interested in boosting your memory?

Healthy people aged 55+ are sought for a study trialling a unique, non-invasive brain stimulation technique to prevent mental decline in over 55s. A small group of volunteers who already used this technique found an improvement in their working memory, their ability to name pictures, recall words, and locate objects. Participation involves nine sessions over a three-month period. Research will take place at the Herston campus. Participants will be reimbursed $250. Details: Garon Perceval

Understanding memory development: MRI study

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 14–16 with no history of neurological or developmental disorder for a study on the development of memory networking in the brain. Criteria for exclusion includes metal in or on the body, dental braces, use of anti-depressants/anti-psychotics, colour blindness and claustrophobia. The study involves a single two-hour session (45–60 minutes in scanner). Participants will be asked to complete three short memory tasks inside the MRI scanner and three questionnaires outside the scanner. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be reimbursed $30. Details: Samuel Fynes Clinton


Do you have pain on the outer side of your hip?

Volunteers aged 30–70 with pain on the outside of the hip are sought to participate in a UQ study of pain perception and physical function. Eligible participants will receive a free clinical assessment and information about their condition. Complete this survey for eligibilty. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Are you free from muscle and joint pain?

Healthy women aged 35–70 with no pain or injuries in the last six months are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment of approximately two hours to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Do you buy fruit?

UQ non-academic staff are sought for a focus group discussion about buying fruit. Three groups of fruit-buying participants are wanted:

  • Group 1 – Volunteers aged under 35 and who shop just for themselves
  • Group 2 – Shop for a household with at least one child aged under 10
  • Group 3 – Shop for a household with at least one child aged 11–18
This discussion will approximately take 45 minutes. Participants can schedule times for lunchtime or after work and will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles voucher. Details: email Chris Hodkinson with the title 'FRUIT' saying which of the three groups you are in.

Does melatonin help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) sleep better?

Volunteers aged 6–17, diagnosed with ADHD, being treated with stimulant medication and experience sleep difficulties, particularly getting to sleep are sought for a study. Children’s sleeping would be monitored for two weeks in first phase. At the end of the two weeks, participants will be given the medication (either melatonin or a placebo) for six weeks. Keep a sleep diary during trial period and complete some questionnaires A report about whether the melatonin worked for your child will be given to your doctor to discuss with you, and to aid treatment planning. Details: click here or contact Dr Jane Nikles

Are you planning to retire anytime in the next six months?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking volunteers who are planning to retire in the next six months for a study on retirement transition. The study involves completing three online surveys of 30 minutes each at three time-points: within six months of planning to retire, within two months of retirement, and 3–6 months later. Participants will go into a prize draw to win Coles Group and Myer gift cards for completing each survey ($20, $30, and $50) and a results summary will be shared with participants who are interested. Details: click here or contact Ben Lam.

Free testing of leg strength and balance

Would you like to have your leg strength and balance assessed? Physiotherapy researchers at UQ are seeking healthy volunteers to participate in strength and balance testing. Appointments are available to suit your schedule. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Memory in the brain

Researchers are seeking right-handed male adults aged 40–55  with no brain damage or known disorder to take part in a neuroimaging study on memory. This study will investigate the brain processes underlying ability to remember words and to retrieve personal memories, using two tasks and a short questionnaire. The experiment takes one hour, involves MRI imaging and two short follow-up phone calls, 24 hours and seven days later. All testing will take place at the Centre for Advanced Imaging. Participants will receive $60 reimbursement. Details: click here or contact Dr Lars Marstaller

Cognition in Motor Neuron Disease

Researchers are seeking healthy males with no known neurological conditions aged 45–75 to complete a three-hour cognitive assessment to assist with research in the field of Motor Neuron Disease. Testing includes assessment of skills such as memory, attention, and language, and takes place at UQ with free parking available. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Coles voucher for travel and time. Feedback of the results (cognitive strengths and weaknesses) can also be provided to participants if they wish. Details: Amelia Hobson

Could exercise help you learn a new language?

Healthy volunteers aged 60–85 who speak English as their primary language are sought to participate in a study. The aim of this study is to investigate if one session of exercise can improve language learning abilities in ageing. Participation will include a free fitness assessment with an accredited exercise physiologist, behavioural tasks and blood tests. This study will be held at the St Lucia campus School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Participants will be asked to attend three visits of two hours each and will be reimbursed up to $120 for their time and travel. Details: click here or email ELLA@cai.uq.edu.au.

Eating, growing and gut bacteria research study for Brisbane babies

The Children’s Nutrition Research Centre is looking for Brisbane babies aged 6–24 months to participate in a study exploring the link between diet, growth and gut bacteria. This research will help us learn the best foods to give growing babies to promote lifelong health. Taking part in this research involves attending one appointment at the Centre for Children’s Health Research in South Brisbane, which can be arranged at your convenience with free parking provided. Participation includes an assessment of your child’s diet, growth and body composition by an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Details: Paula Smith-Brown

Free 12-week exercise program

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. Details: click here or contact Paige Brooker

Healthy women without hip pain sought for study

Healthy women aged 35–70 with no hip pain and no other areas of pain that required treatment or affected usual work/activities in the past six months are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment of approximately two hours to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Nutrient based supplements for depression

Volunteers aged 18–75 who are currently taking an antidepressant, but still experiencing depression are sought for an eight-week clinical trial testing a combination of nutrient based supplements (e.g. omega 3, zinc, folic acid). Participation involves taking a supplement (or matching dummy pills) twice per day over the eight-week period and attending five visits at the Mental Health Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH). Participants will be reimbursed $170 over the course of the study, in addition to receiving complementary supplements at the conclusion of the study. Details: click here or email nutrients-study@uq.edu.au

Seeking farming families with young children

Farming families with children aged 4–8, living in the South-East and Central Queensland regions, are sought for a study looking at children’s understanding of nature and the life cycle. The study consists of a face-to-face interview with children and a questionnaire for parents. We will travel to participants’ home or a location of convenience to conduct the study. Interviews take approximately 20–30 minutes. Please forward this information on to anyone who may be suitable. Details: click here or contact Sarah Longbottom

Do you have limited hand function

Volunteers aged 18+ with limited hand function are sought to participate in a study investigating tablet crushing devices. Participation will involve trying to crush a tablet in nine different crushers and completing a questionnaire about their usability. The study will take approximately 25 minutes and take place at UQ St Lucia or UQ School of Pharmacy (Woolloongabba) during May at a convenient time for participants. Participants will be offered a confectionery gift as a token of our appreciation. Details: Su Vin Lee

Seeking volunteers with dry mouth

Adult volunteers aged 18+ with dry mouth (xerostomia) are sought. The study will involve tasting five different flavoured lozenges and an orally dissolving tablet, and complete a questionnaire regarding opinions of 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 given to everyone. Testing will take place at PACE, School of Pharmacy, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba. Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 Coles Myer group voucher. Details: Rose Estafanos


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