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University of Queensland

Monday 18 September 2017


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Chief scientist to judge 2017 Asia–Pacific Three Minute Thesis Final

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take nine hours to present. Their time limit: three minutes.

On Friday 29 September Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, will be at UQ St Lucia to judge the 2017 Asia–Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final.

The Asia–Pacific 3MT is in its second year, and is growing rapidly. This year, 55 of the brightest future researchers from the Asia–Pacific region will battle it out to claim a spot in the top ten.

Audience registrations are now open for both the semi finals and the finals.

Please join in celebrating these students and their incredible research. Come along to the Advanced Engineering building and cheer on your favourite as they battle it out for the ultimate title of Asia–Pacific 3MT Champion.









The assembly and remodelling of bacterial outer membranes

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to hear Professor Trevor Lithgow, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at Monash University, discuss how bacteria build their outer surfaces.

This seminar will explore mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, and new strategies to push back against this health-related problem of bacterial evolution. Professor Lithgow’s projects focus on outer membrane remodelling during antimicrobial tolerance and resistance, the structure and function of molecular machinery assembled into bacterial membranes, and the homing mechanisms and structure of bacteriophage weapons that prey on bacterial ‘superbugs'.

The seminar will take place on Monday 9 October from 2.30pm in room 360 of the Physiology Lecture Theatre, building 63, UQ St Lucia. For more information, contact Wendy Whittington.

National Mental Health Week at UQ

National Mental Health Week runs from 8–14 October. UQ is offering a number of events for staff and students throughout the week to promote a greater understanding of mental health and better mental health practices for both personal and professional life. For more information and to secure a place at these events, visit the UQ Mental Health Week website or contact the Organisational Development team.

Staff skin-check program

UQ Wellness is encouraging staff to stay on top of their health by registering for the annual UQ skin-check program in October. Free skin checks are offered to all UQ staff including casual, continuing and fixed-term employees. The skin checks will begin on Monday 16 October and will be held at St Lucia, Gatton, Mayne Medical Building and UQCCR Herston. A professional skin examination can help you get to know your skin and detect changes at the early stages. To see the full list of skin-check clinics and to book your appointment, visit the UQ Wellness website. For more information, contact OHS enquiries on 336 52365.

UQ Volunteering and Mentoring update

The UQ Peer Mentoring Steering Group has just launched a centralised student mentoring and volunteering recruitment process. This process provides an intuitive and accessible pathway for students seeking to access a variety of different opportunities available across the university. If you would like your mentoring or volunteering program to join our centralised recruitment process, please email UQ Mentoring on mentoring@uq.edu.au.

Contact readership survey

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

Reminder: nominations closing soon for SAGE Pilot feature on women in STEMM

Are you, or is a woman you know, a STEMM superstar? UQ’s SAGE Pilot Self-Assessment Team (SAT) want to shine a spotlight on women at any career stage who are working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines who are potentially flying under the radar, as part of UQ's involvement in the national SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program. The SAT encourage the UQ community to nominate any high-achieving women working in STEMM. Successful applicants will be featured in a campaign as part of the pilot’s launch. Complete the online form to nominate yourself or a colleague. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 29 September.

The Smoking and Vaping in Educational Settings (SAVE) Project

For the health, comfort and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors, UQ has committed to becoming smoke-free from 1 July 2018. UQ staff and students are invited to take part in a survey, to share your knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding smoking, vaping and smoke-free policies. The information will help to inform planning and evaluation of policies and laws concerning smoking and vaping. Only group data will be analysed to protect privacy. All participants are eligible to go in a prize draw to win a $500 travel voucher. Complete the survey to enter.

Chance to win a UQ Union voucher for your Aurion/MyAurion v11 feedback

UQ staff are invited to submit feedback about their experience with Aurion/MyAurion v11 since its implementation in February 2017. To show our appreciation, participants will be entered into a draw to win one of two $10 UQ Union vouchers. Complete the survey here.

UQ Senate elections

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

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St Leo's Centenary Duhig Lecture: Richard O'Brien

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend St Leo's Centenary Duhig Lecture on Tuesday 19 September from 6.20pm at the GHD auditorium, Advanced Engineering building, UQ St Lucia. Special guest speaker Richard O'Brien, Former Ambassador of Ireland to Australia (1995–2002), will be presenting a lecture titled 'A reflection on the contribution of the Irish to the making of modern Australia and the state of Queensland'. As this is a public lecture, there is no need to RSVP. Please join staff, residents and guests of St Leo's College for this event in the College's Centenary year.

IASH public lecture: Talking both ways – cultivated elites and popular language in the humanities

The second instalment of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) public lecture series for Semester 2. This lecture examines the function of elite scholarly language and questions the possibility of its straightforward translation to a popular audience. Peter Cryle is an Emeritus Professor in the IASH at UQ. The lecture will take place on Thursday 21 September from 6pm in room E109, Forgan Smith building, UQ St Lucia. For more information and to RSVP, visit the IASH website or contact iash@uq.edu.au.

Brisbane Life Science ECR Symposium 2017 (BLiSS)

BLiSS is an independent initiative lead by early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) to break the barriers between research fields and jump-start ground breaking collaborative scientific advances. This one-day symposium brings together over 200 greater-Brisbane-based EMCRs from various disciplines to meet, share and grow. The 2017 edition will be held on Friday 24 November at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Woolloongabba. Abstract submission closes Saturday 23 September. Registration is free but strictly limited. For more information, visit the BLiSS website.

Parkinson’s disease research breakfast

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN) breakfast event on Monday 25 September from 7–9am at the Queensland Brain Institute, UQ St Lucia. Hear about the latest insights into Parkinson’s disease research – current and future treatments, presented by Professor Pankaj Sah (Director, Queensland Brain Institute Centre Director, APCN Research) and Professor Peter Silburn (Centre Director, APCN Education and Clinical). There is no cost to attend, but please register your attendance. Breakfast will be served. Please advise of any dietary requirements. For more information and to register, visit the QBI website.

Expense Management System drop-in session: Tuesday 26 September

Following the recent launch of UQ's Expense Management System (EMS), Finance and Business Services (FBS) will be holding an EMS drop-in session on Tuesday 26 September from 1–4pm in room 241, Sir James Foots building (47A), UQ St Lucia. No need to RSVP, but please feel free to drop in at any time. There will be a number of EMS subject matter experts on hand to answer your questions, as well as UQ’s Campus Travel Account Manager who will be available to provide advice on using Campus Travel’s Online Booking Tool (OBT). Visit the Travel and Expense Management website for more information regarding the EMS.

The importance of diversity and inclusive leadership in science and innovation

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend a public lecture presented by Professor Geri Richmond (Director of COACh). This presentation will describe the most recent research that demonstrates the positive impact that social and informational diversity has on science and innovation, the reasons for this impact and the importance of committed leadership in achieving a strong and inclusive workplace where creativity and productivity is maximised. This lecture will take place on Tuesday 26 September from 6pm in the Advanced Engineering building, UQ St Lucia. For more information visit the AIBN website.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language UQ (CoEDL–UQ) Showcase

Please join the CoEDL–UQ team for a showcase of their research work in the fields of social technology (robotics), technology to support people living with dementia, transcription and linguistic technology, and documentation of Indigenous languages. The showcase will be followed by a public lecture by Dr Daniel Dor, Tel Aviv University, and will be held at the UQ Art Museum in conjunction with the 'Still in my mind: Gurindji experience, location and visuality' exhibition. This showcase will take place on Wednesday 27 September from 10.30am–5pm at the UQ Art Museum, St Lucia campus, and a reception with canapés and drinks will follow from 5–7pm. Register via the registration link, or email coedladmin@uq.edu.au for more information.

The future of space travel

How do you scratch your nose in a space suit? Former astronaut Chris Ferguson has all the answers to your big (and not-so-big) outer space related questions. The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT, along with our industry partner Boeing, will host this event that will leave your mind soaring on Wednesday 27 September from 3.30–4.30pm in room T203, Hawken Engineering building (building 50), UQ St Lucia. Register online, or contact Tania Fortune on 334 66459 for more information.

Public lecture: Dr Daniel Dor, Tel Aviv University

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend a public lecture by Dr Daniel Dor, a visiting academic from Tel Aviv University, titled 'The instruction of imagination: Language as a social communication technology’ on Wednesday 27 September from 4pm at the UQ Art Museum. Register you attendance here, or email coedladmin@uq.edu.au.

ilab UQ $10,000 Accelerator Program and The New Hustle movie night

Join ilab UQ for a Q+A session on the upcoming Germinate 11 start-up Accelerator Program providing $10,000 and a three month program to teams made up of at least two UQ undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and recent alumni, to assist them in building their social enterprise or business start-up. Following a 30 minute Q+A, ilab UQ will provide a free screening of The New Hustle, a new documentary following the lives of three Australian start-up founders. Students, staff and researchers are welcome to attend on Wednesday 27 September from 5–8pm at ilab, building 41, St Lucia campus for exciting accelerator news as well as free pizza and a movie. For more information visit the ilab website, or contact Sam Pavin

Global Leadership Series: Big Data – a tool for innovation

If you had access to data on people's movement, behaviours and social habits, what would you do with it? How do the smartest data scientists in the world identify and utilise authentic insights from big data and social computing? What value do those insights bring for business decision-making and public policy development? Join Associate Professor Andrew Crowden, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and Professor Xue Li, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, as they debate these questions and outline the opportunities and challenges of big data. This event will take place on Wednesday 27 September from 6–8pm at Customs House, Brisbane. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information and to register, visit the Global Leadership Series website.

Economic evaluation in ageing research: from treatment to intervention

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to join the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) Seminar Series with special guest speaker Dr Fan Yang from the University of Manchester. Dr Yang will present a seminar on ‘Economic evaluation in ageing research: From treatment to intervention', to be held on Thursday 28 September from 11am–1pm at PACE, 20 Cornwall Street, level 4, room 4028, Woolloongabba. For more information visit the CBEH website, or contact Dr Jonas Fooken.

Daphne Mayo Lecture

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the Daphne Mayo Lecture, presented by the School of Communication and Arts. The 2017 Daphne Mayo Visiting Fellow, Professor Angela Ndalianis, will discuss ‘Arms on the brain: virtual reality and a new era of storytelling and immersion’. The event will be held on Friday 29 September from 5.30–7pm in the UQ Art Museum. For more information and to register, visit the event website or contact ea.commarts@uq.edu.au.

Centre for Advanced Imaging Fourth Annual Symposium

The Centre for Advanced Imaging Annual Symposium (CAIS) is a landmark event in the Australian imaging and spectroscopy calendar. The event will include presentations from both early career and established academics from the Centre for Advanced Imaging and the broader Australian imaging community. Presentations will be followed by a poster and networking evening. The symposium will be held on Friday 29 September in the Viewpoint room, building 33, St Lucia campus. Places are limited, visit the CAIS website for more details and to register.

Courting the Greats

UQ’s annual alumni awards ceremony Courting the Greats celebrates exceptional alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and recognition amongst their peers. The UQ community are invited to attend an inspirational evening to recognise the accomplishments of the award recipients. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11 October from 6–7.30pm at the Pavilion in The Great Court, with a networking reception to follow until 9pm. For more information, visit the event website or contact Amanda Briggs.

2017 Centre for Metals in Biology (CMB) Symposium

Metals are essential components of all living cells, and this will be highlighted at this year’s CMB Symposium. The main speaker, Associate Professor Christopher McDevitt, University of Adelaide, will present a talk titled ‘You are what you eat – dietary zinc and its antimicrobial role at the host-pathogen interface’. This seminar will be followed by afternoon tea, a poster session, and three shorter presentations. The two best posters will receive a people’s choice poster prize, and an additional poster prize for the best microbiologial poster is sponsored by the ASM-QLD. This symposium will take place on Wednesday 18 October from 1.30–4.50pm in the Seminar room, level one, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), UQ St Lucia. Register to attend by Monday 16 October.

Performance of Purely Academic

UQ staff and students are invited to attend a play, written by Professor David Abramson from UQ's Research Computing Centre, called Purely Academic. Purely Academic is a both a realistic and comedic dramatisation of the darker side of academia, including both personal and professional clashes in technical collaborations. Building on the successful staged reading at UQ last year, Purely Academic will be performed on Thursday 19 October from 7pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the 2017 e-Research conference. Tickets can be purchased here.

Hot Topics in Cerebral Palsy Research Forum

Registration for the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network (AusCP-CTN) Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) Hot Topics in Cerebral Palsy Research Forum is now open. Visit the event website to view the draft timetable and register to attend. This two-day research forum will be held on 9–10 November at the RBWH Education Centre, Herston and features presentations from leading researchers and clinicians in the field of cerebral palsy. Poster contributions from HDR students, postdoctoral researchers and clinicians in the field are welcomed. Register your interest by emailing the CRE manager.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'Intronic nonsense: Why we should stop ignoring them?' (20.09.17)

Postgrad Advice Night (20.09.17)

Anthropology Working Papers: 'Labour of Luck: Filipino Workers in Integrated Casino Resorts in Macau and Singapore' (21.09.17)

Hand Heart Pocket Gala 2017 (21.09.17)

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 to the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Strike a pose at Silent Disco Yoga

UQ Sustainability is blissed out to be sponsoring UQ Sport's Silent Disco Sunset Yoga event on Sunday 24 September. Stretch, bend and flex your way to inner peace in the great outdoors to the tune of your favourite music via a set of wireless headphones. Attendees will also score a fab goodie bag packed with treats, including a UQ Sustainability KeepCup! Tickets are selling quickly, so book your spot today.

UQ buildings brighten up

UQ's Energy team has recently replaced all 55W PLC fluoro light fittings in the Sir James Foot and Forgan Smith buildings and Biological Sciences Library with 26W light-emitting diode (LED) panels, representing annual savings of around 127,000 kWh – that's equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of over 20 Australian households! Find out more on the Sustainability website.

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Pets for Life: adopt your new best friend

UQ Gatton has some very cute dogs and cats who would love to find their fur-ever home with you or someone you know. The Clinical Studies Centre has a rotational colony of animals for teaching veterinary science and technology students, who become available for adoption as new ones arrive. All adoptable animals are health-checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, and worm and flea treated prior to adoption. Perhaps you’d like to meet Jack, a goofball greyhound who loves zoomie runs around the yard and relaxing on his bed, or Woodstock, a fun-loving lap dog who loves to play with his favourite fluffy toy. If you think one of these lovable faces could fit into your life, visit the Pets for Life website or Facebook page to view their full details and other adoptable animals.

Book business travel online with Campus Travel for a chance to win a $250 travel voucher

During the months of September and October, Campus Travel are running an online booking tool (OBT) incentive. Just book your domestic travel via the improved OBT to go in the draw to win one of two $250 Travel Club vouchers. One $250 Travel Club travel voucher will be given to the traveller with the highest percentage increase in online bookings made via the OBT. Plus, one $250 Travel Club travel voucher will be awarded to the university’s top Travel Booker with the highest percentage increase in online bookings made via the OBT. Start booking today

Get active after school with UQ Sport Kids

If your little legend loves to move, channel their wiggles and giggles into the UQ Sport Kids after school sporting programs. UQ Sport Kids will nurture your little champion in tennis, swimming and athletics, with activities to suit all ages and skill levels. Secure your spot today.

New hot beverage flavours at On a Roll Bakery

On a Roll Bakery is introducing three new hot beverage feature flavours: Nutella, Turkish Delight and white chocolate. Why not turn your latte into a Nutella latte? Or your hot chocolate into a Turkish delight? Visit On a Roll Bakery to try out your own flavour creation.

Vegan pumpkin pizza

The Pizza Caffe is oh-so vegan. Introducing the new limited edition vegan pumpkin pizza; the perfect combination of pumpkin, semi-dried tomatoes, capsicum, spinach, vegan cheese on a beetroot and walnut base. With all their vegan options, Pizza Caffe is guaranteed to satisfy your pizza cravings. Skip the queue and order online

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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GCCEC Linkage Grant Program: applications open

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is helping academics and professionals connect with key stakeholders in their industry through the 2017/18 GCCEC Linkage Grant Program. The seventh annual grant program awards five grants valued at $5000 each to successful applicants from South-East Queensland’s academic and professional sectors. The grants support the professional and personal development of industry leaders by funding attendance at an international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. Applications close Friday 31 March 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2018. For further information visit the GCCEC website.

Creating high performing teams

With the growing intensity and speed at which we work, we need to be able to do more with less, adjust at a faster pace, maintain enthusiasm and enjoy ourselves. The Creating High Performance Teams workshop focuses on equipping you with the skills to identify and embrace your unique strengths, and to recognise that changes happening from the ‘outside in’ can be conquered from the ‘inside out’. The practical tips and tools taught in this workshop will allow you to navigate a high performance environment and day-to-day issues. This workshop will take place on Tuesday 3 October from 8.45am at the Sir Llew Edwards building, UQ St Lucia. For more information or to register, visit the workshop website.

Build a better team: UQ Leadership Community

Join the UQ Leadership Community to explore current research into team dynamics and identify why some teams flourish and other teams falter. All UQ staff are invited to this interactive workshop which will offer insights into enhancing all work environments. Register online for the St Lucia event on Wednesday 27 September, or the Gatton event on Friday 29 September. For more information contact Tamma Sorbello.

Save the date for Teaching and Learning Week

Teaching and Learning Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and share innovative and excellent teaching and learning practices that engage and inspire students. From Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November a range of workshops, panel and showcase events will explore and highlight teaching topics relevant to the goals of the Student Strategy. Over 100 presenters from across UQ have volunteered their time to share their teaching methods and tools. See the calendar of events here and register now to save your seat.

Two essential workshops for HDR candidates

Maria Gardener, co-author of a series of books for researchers, will be presenting ‘Seven secrets of highly successful research students’ and ‘Turbo-charge your writing’ for HDR candidates on Tuesday 26 September. Register now to avoid missing out.

UQ procurement training opportunities

Are you regularly involved in purchasing goods and services? Have an upcoming significant purchase? Want to learn about procurement processes? The Central Procurement team have awarded a contract to Major Training Services to conduct Level 1, 2 and 3 procurement training. Completion of these courses will help staff learn and understand sound procurement practices, benefits of managing procurement risk, procurement legal and policy frameworks, and how to achieve value-for-money outcomes. For more information and to register for Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3, please download an Expression of Interest form by selecting ‘register’. For queries please email procurement@uq.edu.au.

Staff development

MFSAS: Social Analysis and Statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in social analytics and statistics, including STATA, Leximancer, Longitudinal Data Analysis and Social Cost–Benefit Analysis, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include: 

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Exercising the low back

People aged 18+ within a healthy BMI range (18.5–25) are required for a seven-day study. Participants must be physically active at least three times per week (e.g running, swimming) for a minimum of 30 minutes, and not be resistance trained for the low back muscles. Study will involve an exercise protocol of the low back muscles on day one, with recovery being monitored in the following days. Study will involve blood collection via needle each day. Participants must have no history of low back pain to be eligible. A $100 Coles and Myer Group gift card is available as reimbursement. Details: Christian Than

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 and one testing session at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Details: Alexandra Picorelli

Free diet analysis

Unsure if you meet the current dietary requirements? Let us work it out for you. UQ researchers are looking for healthy adults aged 18–54 to participate in a study investigating the intake of dietary nitrate. Participants will be required to record their food intake for 24-hours and fill out an online questionnaire. Details: Nick McMahon

Kneecap pain?

Do you have pain using stairs or during sitting / squatting activities? If you are aged 50+ and have pain around your kneecap (or at the front of your knee), you may be eligible to participate in ground‐breaking research on this condition. Participants will receive a free knee X-ray, and treatment of your painful knee using a footwear intervention. Details: Gearoid Cleary

Healthy brain study seeks volunteers aged 70+

UQ researchers are seeking healthy Caucasian volunteers aged 70–80 to participate in a UQ brain science study. The study is trialling a unique non-invasive brain stimulation technique to improve cognition in several areas, including memory, quick decision making, and how we perceive other people’s perspectives and emotions. The study involves two sessions of 2.5 hours each in August–September. Location is the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, RBWH, Herston. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: uq.brainstim1@gmail.com

Seeking post-concussion and healthy volunteers for study

Volunteers aged 18–60 who have experienced a concussion, and healthy volunteers who have not experienced a concussion, are sought to participate in a study investigating the effects of concussion four weeks to six months following the injury. Participation involves up to three sessions (initial assessment and two optional follow-up assessments) spaced over 12 months at UQ St Lucia. Participants will be assessed with non-invasive measurements and will receive a verbal report of test results. Parking will be provided. Complete this survey for eligibility. Details: Olivia Galea

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Student volunteers are sought for a research project focusing on how people interact with robots on navigation tasks. Participants will control a small, wheeled robot using a joystick in a racing task with human and/or robot partners. The study takes 90 minutes and will be held at the Axon building, UQ St Lucia. Details: Click here, or contact Scott Heath

Cluster headache trial

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cluster headaches, a clinical research study may be an option. Wesley Medical Research are looking for people aged 18–70 and have been diagnosed with cluster headaches for at least 12 months. If you qualify and take part, you may receive investigational study medication for cluster headaches, study-related care from study doctors, and compensation for travel. This study is enrolling now. Details: Michelle Cybulski or phone 07 3721 1527

Can I borrow your garden for a research project on pollinators and pollination?

Private gardens and backyards of apartment houses are needed for study on how urban environments affect insect pollinators and pollination of some common garden crops. The experiment requires access to gardens and backyards in Brisbane during late October and November 2017, to survey insect pollinators and keep potted plants to evaluate seed set. If you have a garden or backyard that you want to let us use for the study, please sign up using this online form. You will be contacted within the next few weeks with more information if your garden is suitable for the study. Details: Anna Persson

Recent low back pain sufferers

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–50 who have reinjured or agitated their back pain in the last week to be part of a study that aims to discover why some people repeatedly hurt their back. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to check eligibility. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

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

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

Let’s talk about how credit unions can benefit you

Volunteers aged 18+ who use credit unions are sought to participate in a study investigating the socio-economic benefits of credit unions and banks. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil. The study involves a structured interview that will take about 25 minutes. As compensation for the inconvenience or time taken to participate, and to help offset any costs incurred, participants are offered a gift card to the value of $50. Details: contact Saulo Maia or Alastair Robb

Low back pain intervention study

Volunteers aged 18+ who spend more than 30 hours per week at a computer and have experienced low back pain in the last month are sought for a study. Participants will use a stand-up desk to complete computer work for one hour at the Therapies building, UQ St Lucia on two occasions. Details: Johnson Kwan

Are you free from pain and want to help others?

With only two hours of your time you can help people suffering from persistent hip pain. Healthy, pain-free women aged 40–60 are sought to participate in a study on sensation and physical function. The study includes a single appointment of approximately two hours at UQ St Lucia. You will also receive a $10 Coles Group and Myer gift card upon completion. Please fill out this online survey to express your interest. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Healthy volunteers needed for foot muscle study

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

Training to improve foot control in cerebral palsy

UQ researchers are seeking participants aged 15–25 who are diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy and can walk independently (with or without an aid) for a research study. The study involves six weeks of neuromuscular ankle training and three testing sessions at UQ St Lucia. Parking can be provided and participants will be reimbursed. Details: Shari O'Brien

Healthy active participants needed for an ultrasound study

Healthy participants (BMI 18–25) who are physically active are sought for a two-day ultrasound study of the low back muscles. Sessions are 45 minutes each and will be conducted on 4–5 September (time slots available from 9.30am to 2.30pm). Participants will be reimbursed with $10 cash. Details: Christian Than


Seeking volunteers with dry mouth

Volunteers aged 18+ with dry mouth 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). 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 and Myer Group voucher for time and travel. Details: Rose Estafanos

Diagnosed low back pain participants needed for one hour study

Diagnosed low back pain patients are sought for a study involving analysis of the muscles surrounding the pain area. The study involves being seated in a chair with light electrotherapy performed on the low back for 45–60 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed with $50 Coles and Myer Group gift card. Details: Christian Than

Handheld mobile device use survey

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

Foot pain under your heel?

UQ researchers are seeking people with foot pain under the heel to participate in a study investigating foot muscles. The study involves having magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound imaging of your foot, both conducted at UQ. Details: Dr Melinda Smith

Healthy volunteers needed for tendon pain research

UQ researchers are seeking pain-free volunteers aged 40–70 to take part in a study of sensory function. The study involves one session of testing of approximately 2.5 hours long at UQ St Lucia. Parking is provided and participants will receive a $20 Coles and Myer Group gift card on completion. Complete this survey to express your interest. Details: Viana Vuvan

Brain plasticity and oscillations in people aged 65+

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

Volunteer for focus group on bread consumption and receive a free breakfast

UQ International Development is currently running the African Agriculture short course program and the participants are in need of volunteers for a study on the purchase habits of Australian consumers. If you buy and consume bread regularly, we would love to have you. Volunteers are requested to assist with a focus group on Monday 18 September from 8.30–10.30am (30–45 minutes maximum) and a free breakfast will be provided during the session. Details: Kana Smith

Stimulating social cognition

Healthy volunteers aged 18–35 are required for a tDCS study into social cognition. UQ researchers require Caucasians with no history of neurological or psychiatric illness and no previous involvement in a tDCS study. Testing takes place at UQCCR (Royal Brisbane Hospital) over two days. Each session takes approximately two hours. Participants will receive $50 upon completion. Details: Andrew Martin

How lower back pain affects the brain

People with low back pain and healthy volunteers aged 18+ are sought for this study to evaluate how low back pain affects the integration of sensory information coming from the lower back. Participation requires attending one session of 2–3 hours that evaluates the excitability of the brain following noxious and non-noxious stimulation of the back muscles. Testing will take place in the Therapies building (84a), UQ St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type two diabetes to participate in an exercise training study at UQ designed to improve your diabetic health. Volunteers will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: click here, or contact Trishan Gajanand

Do you have a history of ankle sprains?

Participants are needed for a study investigating the effect of taping and/or physiotherapy mobilisation techniques in individuals who have previously sprained their ankle. Testing will take 1–2 hours and will be conducted in the Therapies building at the St Lucia campus. Details: Leigh McCarthy

Does your credit union or bank benefit you?

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

Healthy volunteers are needed

Researchers at UQ are inviting healthy volunteers aged 40–75 to take part in a lab study at the St Lucia campus. Participants will receive a gift voucher and free ankle joint X-ray for participation in this study. If you are in this age group and are pain-free (without pain that limits your normal activities of daily living), submit an expression of interest via this survey. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Neck, shoulder and vision symptoms in surgical teams performing MIS

Surgeons and surgical team members of any age, sex and specialty who perform Minimally Invasive Surgeries (MIS), laparoscopic and robotic surgeries are welcomed to participate in a study on factors associated with neck, shoulder and vision problems among surgical teams performing MIS. Participation involves answering a 5–10 minute online survey asking about demographic and individual characteristics, work-related factors, workplace ergonomic considerations and neck, shoulder and vision problems. Complete the survey here. Details: Ameer Alhusuny

Volunteers for pelvic floor study

Have you wondered whether you are contracting your pelvic floor muscles correctly? Participation in this study will let you find out. The evaluation will be part of a study of the function of the pelvic floor muscles using ultrasound imaging at UQ St Lucia. If you are a female aged 18+ and do not have bladder or bowel problems, then you may be eligible. Details: Rafeef Aljuraifani

Help the fight against the effects of diabetes

UQ researchers are seeking men and women aged 35+ who are overweight but do not have diabetes and are currently not regularly exercising, for a study on how diabetes affects connective tissue properties and muscle-tendon function. Participants will receive an ultrasound scan of their Achilles (ankle) tendon, undergo various tests of sensation and muscle function and a single blood test. Testing should take no longer than 2.5 hours, and will take place at UQ St Lucia. Participants will receive a $20 voucher for their time. Details: Mathew Geytenbeek

Volunteers needed for a study about cute images

UQ researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–55 who have lived in a Western country (i.e. Australia) for longer than five years. This study involves taking part in an interview and answering open-ended questions about your perceptions of cute images and attitudes toward cute advertising appeals. The interview will take 30–45 minutes. Participants will be awarded a $20 voucher as reimbursement for their time. Details: Danielle Hadwin

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