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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 24 April 2017


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Great Court Race 2017

The Great Court Race is one of UQ’s proudest traditions, a bucket list event for competitors, and a must-see spectacle. The 32nd edition of the event will be held on Wednesday 24 May, between 12.30–2pm. Headlined by the Men's and Women's Great Court Race – a 636m lap of the state heritage-listed Great Court – the event also features 70m sprint races, as well as College, club and staff relays.

Sign up to race or be trackside to cheer on the competitors. Registration for race nominations closes on Friday 5 May. For more information and to register, click here or contact events@uqsport.com.au.









ilab UQ Startup Accelerator information sessions

Applications are now open for ilab's 10th accelerator intake: Germinate. The program offers $7500 towards up to ten UQ teams to build their big ideas. Students, researchers and recent alumni are eligible to apply for the program and build their unique business or social enterprise ideas into a startup through an intensive winter program.

ilab provides ten UQ teams with a no equity grant of $7500 and an intensive accelerator program including one-on-one mentoring, connections and an investor pitch night. Information sessions will run weekly until applications close on Monday 22 May. To apply for an information session, visit the ilab website. For more information, contact Rebecca McIntosh.

IMB Student Open Day

Future IMB students, UQ staff and general public are welcome to attend the IMB Student Open Day to meet scientists and tour the labs and facilities. IMB scientists are committed to discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and cure disease, and accelerating solutions for significant social and environmental challenges. Hear how IMB is improving quality of life through research and translation. Registration is required. IMB Student Open Day will be held on Monday 8 May from 12.00–2.00pm at the Queensland Biosciences Precinct. For more information and to register, click here or contact the IMB Postgraduate Office at ext. 62133.

Qantas AVRO innovation grants: call for applications

Qantas is looking for applications for their new 12-week innovation program, the AVRO Accelerator program. This program gives start-ups the chance to work with Qantas Group mentors and pitch ideas to streamline travel experiences, design smarter ways of working, unlock the potential of new technologies, and help solve business problems. Participants will be able to tap into some of the Qantas Group’s operational data, technology platforms and anonymised customer insights to bring their ideas to life. Applications close on Thursday 27 April. For more information and applications, visit the Qantas website or contact Hannah Marrinan.

2018 Round of Endeavour Mobility Grants: call for applications

The 2018 round of the Australia Awards Endeavour Mobility Grants are now open. Administered by the Department of Education and Training, Endeavour Mobility Grants support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world through student mobility. The department encourages Australian students to immerse themselves in the academic and social cultures of other countries and provides opportunities for overseas students to study in and experience Australia. Grants are available for both undergraduates and postgraduates to undertake projects overseas. Applications are open and 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.

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Public Lecture: UQ Mongolia Journalism Project (Media Environment in Mongolia)

Iderjargal Dashdondog from the National University of Mongolia will present a public lecture on 'Media Environment in Mongolia'. For the past seven months, The University of Queensland has been teaching 20 Mongolian journalists about specialist reporting of the resources industry in Ulaanbaatar and now in Brisbane. UQ International Development is collaborating with the School of Communication and Arts and the Sustainable Minerals Institute to deliver this innovative training program over four phases. This lecture will be held on Wednesday 26 April from 12.30–1.30pm at the Digital Learning Space, Level 2, Joyce Ackroyd Building. For more information, click here or contact Bruce Woolley.

Gender equality: an achievable target?

Professor Marion Walker, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham will present 'Gender equality: an achievable target?', hosted by the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. The University of Nottingham was an early adopter of this charter and currently holds a silver award. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the drivers for this work, what the charter mark entails and the work currently undertaken. Light refreshments will be provided. This seminar will be held on Wednesday 26 April from 1.30–2.30pm at the Therapies Building, room 623 and 624, Level 6, St Lucia. RSVP is required. For more information, email academicsupport.shrs@uq.edu.au.

Medical research public forum

World Day of Immunology is here and the Translational Research Institute is proud to host a public forum, which includes speakers Professor Ranjeny Thomas presenting 'New Immunotherapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis' and Professor Daniel Chambers presenting 'A Medical Miracle' with their patients, discussing the latest in immunology research and immunotherapy practice. This event will be held on Thursday 27 April from 6–8pm at the Translational Research Institute. Registration is required. For more information and to register, click here or contact Dr Sumaira Hasnain.

Public lecture: Research Policy and Direction to Promote National Competitiveness

The Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI) Indonesian Institute of Sciences delegation is visiting UQ. Join us for a public lecture presented by Professor Dr Bambang Subiyanto on 'Research Policy and Direction to Promote National Competitiveness'. This lecture will be held on Friday 28 April from 9.00–10.00am at the Richards Building, room 213, St Lucia. Registration is required. To register, click here. For more information, contact Rachael Kelly.

Research Seminar: Ageing Well in a Foreign Land – Identity, Social Connectedness and Wellbeing

Associate Professor Shuang Li from the UQ School of Communication and Arts will present 'Ageing Well in a Foreign Land – Identity, Social Connectedness and Wellbeing'. This presentation aims to understand how older people from diverse backgrounds adjust socially and culturally to living in Australia and answer some key questions about the factors that contribute to a sense of social isolation and low psychological wellbeing. Research shows that older people ageing in a foreign land experience a greater level of social isolation due to the dual challenge of dealing with loss of cultural connectedness over and above ageing. Yet, how best to turn social isolation into social connectedness is far from clear. This seminar will be held on Friday 28 April from 34pm at the Michie Building, Level 6, room 601. For more information, click here or contact Shuang Li.

IMB Seminar Series: K-Ras membrane anchoring: new twists in an old tale

Professor John F. Hancock from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, will present the lecture 'K-Ras membrane anchoring: new twists in an old tale'. Professor Hancock is chairman of the Intergrative Biology and Pharmacology, the John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Physiology and Medicine, Executive Director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Vice-Dean for basic research at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The seminar will be held on Friday 28 April from 12.30pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80) auditorium, St Lucia. For more information, click here or email imbevents@uq.edu.au or contact Rob Parton.

UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology launch

All UQ staff are invited to attend the launch of the UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology. The centre wlll perform ground-breaking research to build new hearts and mend broken ones. Hear from a dynamic team of researchers who are using discovery science to regenerate damaged cardiovascular tissues and mend broken hearts. The launch will be held at Customs House on Tuesday 2 May from 5.15–7.15pm. Canapés and drinks will be served from 5.15–6pm. For more information, click here or contact Katrina Garner-Moore at ext. 62110.

CRE in Telehealth forum

The CRE in Telehealth invites all to a presentation titled 'Successes and failures in telegeriatrics: forensic analysis'. Professor Len Gray, Director of the Centre for Health Services Research, and Dr Melinda Martin-Khan, Research Fellow at the UQ Centre for Health Services, will share their experience in telehealth for the delivery of care to older adults. This presentation will be held on Friday 5 May from 11am–12pm at the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, room 2007, TRI building. All are welcome. No registration required and video conferencing is available to use. For more information and to use the videoconference facility, click here or contact Dominique Bird at ext. 66934.

UQPN Office Professionals Day Lunch

The first Friday in May is the International Day of Office Professionals. To celebrate, UQ Professional Network (UQPN) is holding a luncheon for our UQPN members and their supervisors. Dr Susan Currie, UQ alumnus and writer, will be a special guest speaker. Dr Currie wrote the biography of Dr Janet Irwin, who was the original Patron of UQPN (previously known as UQ Secretaries Association). The lunch will be held on Friday 5 May from 12.30–1.30pm in the Viewpoint Room, Building 33. RSVP is required. Lunch is $20 for supervisors and free for UQPN members. For more information and to RSVP, click here or contact the
UQPN Executive Committee.

Autism: Progress in understanding the genetics

Professor Elliott Sherr in Neurology and Pediatrics from the Institute of Human Genetics at University of California, San Francisco will be presenting the lecture 'Autism: Progress in understanding the genetics'. Join Professor Sherr to learn about the latest research insights into autism, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities and other key neurodevelopment disorders in children. Registration is required. This lecture will be held on Monday 8 May from 6–7pm at the Queensland Brain Institute, Level 7 Auditorium. For more information and to register, click here or contact Katherine Roberts.

ilab MentorBlaze

ilab UQ MentorBlaze is an opportunity for anyone in the UQ community (students, researchers and staff) and beyond to get expert advice on their business or social enterprise startups. In this two-hour event, participants have the opportunity to speak to four experts in 20-minute timeslots for the fastest startup feedback on the planet. Experts are successful startup founders, angel and VC investors, senior management from global tech companies, intellectual property lawyers, business strategists and accountants. Tickets range from $10 for students to $20 for professionals. Tickets are limited, so book today. This event will be held on Monday 15 May at the Global Change Institute, St Lucia from 3.40–7pm. For more information and to book tickets, click here or contact Rebecca McIntosh.

Making the sustainable development goals a reality: WaterAid’s approach

What next for water, sanitation and hygiene under the UN current agenda? Tom Muller, Director of Policy and Programs WaterAid Australia, will highlight debates within WaterAid and the wider civil society sector on how to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and advocate for the Human Right to Water to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Registration is required. This seminar will be held on Tuesday 23 May from 12–1pm at the Global Change Institute, seminar room 275. For more information and to register, click here or contact Krystle Henry at ext. 3118.

Health Matters lecture series

UQ's Professor Harvey Whiteford and Associate Professor James Scott will present a lecture on 'The truth behind our mental health epidemic', facilitated by UQ Medical Dean Professor Stuart Carney. One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. But are we really in the midst of a mental health epidemic? Many Australians are suffering, but are some of us mixing up normal human emotions with a medical condition? Hear our experts bust the myths surrounding mental health, medication and the stress of modern life. Delve into the research that has linked bullying, domestic violence and poor parenting to mental health disorders and learn how to identify and manage stress in your everyday life. The lecture will be held on Tuesday 23 May from 5.30–7.30pm in the Oral Health Centre Auditorium, Herston campus. For more information, click here or contact Hayley Smith.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'Connecting health economics and brain research' (26.04.17)

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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Sip on savings when you get coffee on campus

Keen to save cash and the environment? Kit yourself out with a reusable coffee cup, and help reduce waste, water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Many disposable coffee cups are lined with polyethylene, meaning they can't be recycled. In fact, they amount to around 20 per cent of landfill waste in Australia. And with a reusable cup, many UQ cafes will give a discount on your brew, including Saint Lucy Cafe e Cucina, Bar Merlo, Lakeside Cafe, Physiol Cafe, Darwin's Cafe, Cafe Nano, Pizza Cafe, On a Roll Bakery and Mr Beans Coffee Espresso Bar. We'll drink to that.

Get along to the next Green Labs Update Session

Want to know how you can click your way to a more sustainable future? Then don't miss the next Green Labs Update Session, Sustainable IT at the Workplace, on Tuesday 2 May at the St Lucia campus. All Green Labs Reps are welcome to come along and hear guest speaker Todd O'Connell from UQ's Information Technology Services discuss how technology can help reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability. For more information, visit the event page, or if you're keen to join Green Labs, visit the Sustainability website.

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UQ Alumni Book Fair: It's not too late

A plethora of rare books, novels, text books, and well-loved classics are now up for grabs at the biennial UQ Alumni Book Fair. Entry is free, and the Fair continues at the UQ Centre until 3pm on Wednesday 26 April. This is the chance to pick up a bargain with over 150,000 books, LPs, CDs, posters and more available. The UQ Alumni Book Fair is in its 20th year. The event is organised by UQ Alumni Friends, a volunteer-run organisation, raising funds to support the students, educators and researchers of UQ. For more information, click here or phone Alumni Friends at 07 3365 1561.

QPAC Concert: Resurrection

The UQ Symphony Orchestra and the UQ Chorale, under the combined leadership of Dr Warwick Potter and Mr Graeme Morton AO, and joined by selected choirs will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection). There will also be a special performance of John Luther Adams' Songbirdsongs by triple Grammy Award winner and UQ alumnus, Tim Munro in collaboration with flautists and percussionists. This performance will be held on Sunday 28 May from 2pm at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are available for purchase through the QPAC website. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Miss Saigon

Queensland Musical Theatre presents their first show for 2017, Miss Saigon, a much loved musical written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil (Les Miserables). Based on Madam Butterfly, the setting is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. Miss Saigon tells the tragic story of a doomed romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl. This production will run from Wednesday 7–Sunday 11 June at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia. For show times and to book tickets online, click here. For more information, phone Queensland Musical Theatre on 0415 618 818 or Gerard Livsey on 0413 488 399.

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 and find friendships. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Showcasing Teaching and Learning Innovation Event

UQ Teaching Fellowships contribute significantly to improved teaching and learning practice. How? Find out at the first Showcasing Teaching and Learning Innovation Event on Wednesday 26 April from 1–4pm in the Learning Innovation Building. Past and current UQ and Office for Learning and Teaching Fellows will discuss the process, findings and outcomes of their respective fellowship projects. This event is an opportunity for all teaching-focused staff to celebrate progress in teaching and learning innovations, and acquire valuable tools, techniques and practices to adapt to their own teaching. Afternoon tea will be provided. For more information and to register, click here or email teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Workshop

UQ staff are invited to attend the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Workshop Friday 28 April at 1–3pm in room 303, Frank White Building (note recent change to venue). The Australian Government announced the establishment of a $50 million program to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability of Australian towns. UQ researchers are invited to meet and participate in preparing proactive and cohesive submissions. For those interested in attending the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Workshop, register here. For more information, email industrygrants@research.uq.edu.au.

Writing a Successful Teaching and Learning Award Application

The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Karen Burke da Silva from Flinders University, South Australia, to provide a workshop on Teaching and Learning Award Application writing on Tuesday 2 May from 11am–12pm at the Learning and Innovation Building, room 202a. Professor Burke de Silva is a leader in reconceptualising teaching delivery; she was awarded the Australian Award for University Teacher of the Year in 2016. Staff interested in applying for a teaching and learning award at all levels, from school to national awards, this year or in the future are encouraged to attend. The workshop has strictly limited numbers. For more information and to register, click here or email teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

UQ staff discount on Operations Design course

Operations Design aims to further your understanding of operations and process design within differing types of organisations, ranging from those that are service-based to those that are manufacturing-based. Explore the major issues and challenges relating to the design of core business processes, and discover practical techniques to transform organisational input to high-quality output. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education professional development courses. The course will be held from Monday 8–Thursday 12 May. For more information and to register, click here or email execed@business.uq.edu.au or contact the Client Services Team at ext. 67111.

UQ staff discount on New Leader course

Today’s leaders must navigate a unique set of cultural, social, and economic forces. Leaders need to be in touch with technological advances and interchanging world views, as well as shifting workplace structures, demographics and expectations to stay ahead of the competition. New Leader is for supervisors, managers or team leaders who are looking to develop or build on their essential leadership skills and knowledge. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. The course will be held from Thursday 18–Friday 19 May. For more information and to register, click here or email execed@business.uq.edu.au or contact the Client Services Team at ext. 67111.

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, to pick up new ideas, see different strategies, re-discover old favourites and to reflect on personal teaching. For more information, click here or contact Peter Rutherford.

UQPN Professional Development Courses

UQPN offers regular courses through the UQ Staff Development Program. There are limited places available for the Minute Writing and Role of the Committee Secretary course on Wednesday 10 May. The Writing for Work course on Monday 8 May has proven to be very popular again this year and is currently wait listed. For more information on UQPN courses, click here or contact the UQPN Secretary

Online marking workshops for tutors

Custom workshops on online marking using Turnitin or the Blackboard assignment tool are available on request. ITS can provide laptops and course coordinators only need to book a meeting room. To organise a workshop for your tutors, email elearningtraining@uq.edu.au.

eLearning workshops

The eLearning team are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2017. A description of each workshop, dates and registration are available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website. Subscribe to the UQ eLearning updates. Email help@learn.uq.edu.au with the subject line eLearning update subscription to subscribe to the UQ eLearning update.

  • Checkbox – Thursday 4 May, St Lucia

  • Basic Video Production – Thursday 11 May, St Lucia.

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:

* Enrol in all three courses and receive a discounted bundle price of $1430. 

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Brain plasticity and oscillations in people 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 approximately 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

Motor training and brain plasticity in young men

Seeking right-handed men aged 18–35 to take part in this study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5 to 3 hours each, at the St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic), motor training of the right hand and recording brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $60 in total. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

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

Volunteers aged 18–70 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

Interested in maintaining a healthy brain?

Volunteers aged 55+ are sought to participate in a UQ brain science study. Researchers are trialling 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. The study will be two sessions of about two hours at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Islay Davies

Cognitive processes and social behaviour

We are seeking volunteer couples, married or long term couples (one year+) for a study in cognitive processes and social behaviour. Participants will be asked to complete four different tasks measuring cognitive capacities and measures of attitudes and will be video recorded in social exercises. This study will take approximately 60 minutes. Participating couples will be reimbursed $50. Details: Alicia Lim

Low back pain? Earn a free Fitbit

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

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: Genevieve Hamer

Healthy volunteers without ankle pain are needed

Healthy volunteers aged 60+ with no previous ankle injury are sought to participate in a lab study at the St Lucia campus. The study will test posture, strength, joint mobility, sensation, balance and function. Free ankle X-rays will be taken at a local radiology clinic. A $20 gift voucher will be given as a thank you for participation. Details: express interest here or contact Munira Al Mahrouqi

Normal lower limb biomechanics in soccer players

Seeking volunteers aged 18–50 currently playing soccer, are free from injury, and have no history of orthopaedic surgery involving the lower limb, to participate in a study investigating normal muscle function and biomechanics in soccer players. Participants will be asked to undertake a three-hour physical testing session at the St Lucia campus as well as complete questionnaires and undertake an MRI and X-rays of their hips. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card and all radiological imaging will be performed free of charge. Details: click here or contact Peter Lawrenson (0424 449 574).

UniSuper research project

UQ staff are sought for a research project investigating how complexity and uncertainty explains key decisions made by UniSuper members, for example, salary sacrificing, non-concessional contributions or investment options. Existing research identifies complexity and uncertainty as two key areas of confusion for super members. Participation involves taking a ten-minute survey and respondents will not be identified. The survey results will identify which survey questions are statistically significant. Details: complete the survey or contact Necmi Avkiran.

Are you planning to retire 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 we will share a results summary with those who are interested. Details: Ben Lam

Injury impact study

Recover Injury Research Centre is conducting the Injury Impact Study to better understand individual’s experiences and perspectives of recovery. Recover requires people who are aged 18–65 who have been injured in a road traffic crash within the last three months, sustained an injury that requires medical attention and submitted a claim to a motor vehicle insurer. Participants will receive a $25 gift voucher every time they complete a weekly online survey. There are six surveys to complete. The total value of the gift vouchers will be $150 if participants complete all six surveys. Details: Dr Rachel Elphinston

Volunteers with and without ankle pain are needed

Individuals with ongoing ankle pain or stiffness for at least three months, or a known or suspected diagnosis of ankle arthritis are required for research study at the St Lucia campus. We are also looking for adults aged 40+ with no previous ankle injury to participate. The study will test posture, strength, joint mobility, sensation, balance and function. Free ankle X-rays will be taken at a local radiology clinic. You will be given a $20 gift voucher for your participation. Details: click here or contact Munira Al Mahrouqi.

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.

Word and gesture production in young and older adults

Researchers are seeking healthy young adults aged 20–35 and older adults aged 60–75 who speak English as their native language for a behavioural study investigating age-related differences in 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 response times. The experiment takes 1.5 hours and participants will be reimbursed $30. Details: click here or contact Dr Lars Marstaller.

Can you help to better understand migraines?

We are seeking volunteers aged 20–55 who have migraines to participate in a study investigating various measures of neurological and vascular function. The study will consist of a 30-minute testing session involving an interview and physical assessment including ultrasound of the neck arteries. Participants are able to complete the study at the St Lucia campus and will have their results sent to them at completion of the study if requested. Volunteers will go into a draw to win a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Details: Joshua Kohout or Adam Burns.

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 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 Anna Hatton


Diagnosed low back pain participants needed

Participants who have been diagnosed with low back pain are needed for a two-hour study conducted at the Otto Hirschfeld building, St Lucia. This study involves having the properties of the low back muscles analysed via light electrotherapy (no pain). Participants will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles Group and Myer giftcard. Details: Christian Than

Brain pathways of salient information processing

Healthy volunteers aged 26–38 are sought for this study. The study involves a behavioural task combined with brain imaging- electroencephalography (EEG) to examine brain activity during auditory perception in different probabilistic environments. Before the experiment you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which measures individual differences in traits such as schizotypy. Testing sessions will take approximately one hour at the Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $20. Details: Ilvana Dzafic

Computer Vision Syndrome study

Volunteers that are either healthy or have neck pain and are aged 18–65 are sought to participate in a study that compares the vision symptoms between frequent computer users with and without neck pain. Eligble participation involves completing a questionnaire. Details: Caleb Teo

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 weeks 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

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Volunteers are sought for a research project studying 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 research will be conducted at the Axon building and takes about 90 minutes. Details: Scott Heath

Have you sprained your ankle in the last month?

Seeking volunteers who have sprained their ankle for the first time in the past four weeks. The study involves testing hip and knee muscle strength and will take approximately one hour. Testing will be conducted at the St Lucia campus, and participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles Group and Myer giftcard. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Teen wellbeing and flexible parenting

With one in four adolescents experiencing a mental health issue in any 12-month period, adolescent wellbeing remains an important area for research. Help us understand how a parent’s flexibility in dealing with their own thoughts and emotions influences the parent–adolescent relationship and teen wellbeing. If you have a teenager aged 11–18, complete a brief and anonymous 20-minute survey about your parenting, your relationship with your teen and their wellbeing. This research is voluntary and confidential. Details: complete the survey or contact: parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

Call for volunteers for a language game study

Healthy participants are sought for a study on technologies for language at UQ St Lucia. The participants will be asked to play a computerised language game (recognition of foreign language) while wearing a commercial brain measurement device. The brain signals will be analysed to evaluate the mental processes of the participants when listening to foreign language samples. Participation in the study takes about 30 minutes. No financial compensation for participation. Details: Gautier Durantin

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 contact Marie-Pier McSween.

Do you have kneecap pain?

Do you have pain using stairs or during sitting and 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 their painful knee, using a footwear intervention. Details: Dr Natalie Collins (3346 7751).

Movement sensitivity study

Volunteers who experience back or neck pain, and those who do not experience pain or injury, are sought for a study. This research involves phone interviews, questionnaires and a two-hour testing session at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Participants will receive a gift of their choice to the value of $50 for attending the testing session. Parking tickets or taxi vouchers are also available to cover travel costs. Details: click here or email research@recover.edu.au.

Parents interested in children's higher education needed

High school students in Years 11 or 12 and their parents are sought for a study on higher education. Participants will be reimbursed.
Details: click here or contact Asma Qureshi.

Sit–stand workstation study

Office workers or researchers who work more than 30 hours per week with computer and have experienced low back pain in the last month are needed for a study at St Lucia. The study involves two testing sessions and aims to determine the effect of sit–stand workstations on low back pain. Participants will be allowed to complete their own work during the one-hour testing period. Details: Jason Wheeler

A clinical trial for the treatment of asthma

Researchers are seeking generally healthy volunteers aged 18–65 who either had asthma as a child but no longer suffer, or currently have a mild asthmatic condition to participate in a clinical trial of an anti-inflammatory medication for asthma. Participation will involve attending 10 clinical appointments (including two full-day visits) in a six–eight week period and participants will receive up to $520 reimbursement. Details: register here or email QIMR.Asthma@qimr.edu.au.

Risk perception of Zika virus

UQ current students and staff are sought for a study, looking to determine the risk perception of Zika virus among UQ staff and students. Participation will involve completing a 15–20 minute online questionnaire. Details: complete the survey or contact Javier Rodriguez.

Memory retrieval in the brain

Researchers are seeking right-handed adults aged 40–55 with no brain damage or known disorder to take part in a neuroimaging study on memory. In this study, we investigate the brain processes underlying your 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.

Understanding exercise time of the day preferences

Active adults 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: Veronica Morlotti

Cognition in motor neuron disease

Researchers are looking for 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 takes place at UQ with free parking available. Feedback of the results can be provided to participants if they wish. Details: Amelia Hobson

Brisbane babies needed for eating, growing and gut bacteria research study

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: click here or contact Paula Smith-Brown.


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