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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 20 April 2015


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Your Voice UQ - Staff Engagement Survey opens today

UQ’s third Staff Engagement Survey has been launched today. This is an opportunity for staff to indicate how they feel about working at UQ and where we can do better.

The survey provides the University with confidential and anonymous feedback on a wide range of areas including staff satisfaction and engagement, leadership, teamwork, communication and cooperation in the workplace. It provides UQ with the opportunity to identify and make changes that will improve our workplace and culture.

Your participation in the Survey will inform how we continue to keep building a stronger UQ community.

Information about the survey, along with results of the 2011 and 2008 surveys is available at uq.edu.au/staff-engagement/


Organisational Psychology workplace seminars

The Centre for Organisational Psychology is offering a limited number of opportunities for UQ workplaces to host lunchtime seminars.

Seminars will be conducted by postgraduate students who hold provisional registration as psychologists, under the supervision of an experienced psychologist.

Topics are negotiable, but examples could include:

  • building personal resilience
  • coping with change
  • effective interpersonal communication
  • positive psychology at work.

Sessions will be delivered during May and June 2015. Expressions of interest can be registered by contacting Shelley Phillips.

Nominations Open – Awards for Excellence in RHD Supervision

Each year, UQ acknowledges and rewards exceptional RHD supervisors through the Awards for Excellence in RHD Supervision. This Graduate School initiative encourages and rewards excellence in RHD supervision, education, mentoring and guidance. The awards target academics who make an outstanding contribution to individual supervision and/or to enhancing the research supervision culture within a School/Institute/Faculty. The 2015 application and nomination process has been revised. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 12 June. For more information or to apply or nominate an outstanding supervisor click here

UQ News TV

The latest episode of UQ News TV features the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at UQ. The centre brings together Indigenous and health expertise across the University, and works collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers, on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research Commercialisation Workshop – Transform your research into global impact

UniQuest is hosting a highly interactive industry-facing workshop that provides the opportunity to hear industry speakers and learn more about the ins and outs of commercialisation. This workshop is open to registrations from UQ management, research leaders, early to mid-career researchers and research higher degree students. There will be guest speakers from Cook Medical, Goodstart Early Learning, Australian Agricultural Company, Arup and Conveyancing Works. Registrations close Friday 1 May. For more information, click here or contact Pam Harpur.

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POLSIS Seminar

The School of Political Science and International Studies will host a seminar on "Nuclear disarmament and international humanitarian law: implications, opportunities and challenges for the nuclear non-proliferation regime". Join UQ researchers ahead of the UN’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to reflect on the new ‘Humanitarian Initiative’, which seeks to re-frame the nuclear debate in clear humanitarian terms. The seminar will be held on Monday 20 April from 6.30pm in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, click here

Queensland Fulbright Roadshow State Day

The Fulbright Commission, in collaboration with QUT, will host a one-day event to deliver specialised seminars for potential Fulbright Scholarship applicants. This is a great opportunity to meet current and former Fulbright Scholars and find out more about the opportunities available through the Fulbright Commission. There will is also be a public lecture on American Political Science by Professor Thad Kousser, the 2015 Distinguished Chair. The event will be held on Tuesday 21 April from 11am–4pm at the QUT Science and Engineering Centre. For more information click here or contact Tracey Steinrucken.

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Science Seminar

Professor Mike Gidley, Director, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, QAAFI will present a seminar on "Dietary fibre polysaccharides in the digestive tract: physical properties and nutrition implications". Credible hypotheses can be constructed to link cell wall properties of plant-based foods to reduction in risk factors for major non-communicable diseases. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 21 April from 12pm–1pm in the Level 3 Auditorium, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information, contact Luba Hickey.

Super For Women - Bridging The Gap Seminar

UniSuper will host a seminar for women of all ages who would like to develop a better understanding of financial matters and be more active in managing their retirement savings. Research shows that women face unique challenges when it comes to retirement savings. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 22 April from 12pm–1pm in the Senate Room, Brian Wilson Chancellery. For more information, click here or contact Liz Brunetto.

Green Office Lunchbox Lecture

Green Office Representatives and their colleagues are invited to attend a presentation by Stuart Green, Manager of Sustainability, on managing environmental incidents at UQ. Gain an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and gain a real world perspective into what occurs when dealing with UQ’s environmental obligations. The presentation will be held on Wednesday 22 April from 12.30pm–1.30pm in Room 105, Colin Clark Building. For more information, and to register, click here.

Sustainable Minerals Institute Seminar Series

Dr Nicole George will present a seminar on "Women’s reflections on mining in Bougainville and New Caledonia". This seminar will examine the diverse positions that women occupy when they reflect on the impacts of mining in Pacific Island communities. The seminar will be held on Thursday 23 April from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Hannah Fry on ext. 65241.

Shakespeare's Freetown: Why the Plays Matter

UQ Centre for the History of Emotions will host a public lecture on "Shakespeare's Freetown: Why the Plays Matter. Professor Ewan Fernie, Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, will chair the lecture which argues for a better reason to read, perform and celebrate Shakespeare as well as why Shakespeare means freedom. The lecture will be held on Thursday 23 April from 4pm at the Global Change Institute, Room 275. For more information click here. To RSVP email uqche@uq.edu.au.

ilab Mentor Blaze

ilab is hosting a "speed dating" session with mentors for new business ideas. This is a great opportunity to explore a new business idea with a variety of mentors in one place at one time. Mentors include successful startup founders, investors, senior management from global technology companies and expert service providers. The event will be held on Thursday 23 April from 4pm–6pm at ilab, Building 1015, UQ Long Pocket. For more information and to register, click here or contact Bernie Woodcroft.

Community Closure: lifestyle choice or living culture

UQ staff and students are invited to hear from a panel of Aboriginal experts about the forced closures of Aboriginal communities at an event being organised by the National Tertiary Education Union and the UQ Student Union.The panelists, including Sam Cook, Paul Spearim and Mary Graham, have deep and extensive knowledge, promising a lively and informed discussion. The event is also intended to strengthen a broader engagement with Indigenous knowledge and peoples through sharing spaces, sharing hospitality and sharing conversations–building upon the long presence of Indigenous staff and students at the University. The presentation will be held on Thursday 23 April from 4.30pm–7pm in the Natural Amphitheatre. For more information, contact David Szumer.

HMNS Seminar Series

Professor Jeff Coombes will present a seminar on "If exercise is medicine for diabetes, how do doctors get their patients moving?" This presentation will examine the findings of the Look Ahead trial and other evidence from large trials investigating the effects of exercise training for people with type 2 diabetes. The seminar will be held on Friday 24 April from 1pm in Seminar Room 127, Building 26. For more information contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

School of Languages and Cultures Seminar

Dorothea Hoffmann, University of Chicago, will present a seminar on "Complex Predication and Serialisation in the Daly River Languages (and beyond)". This paper aims to provide a systematic overview of the types of serial verb constructions that occur in the Daly River region of Australia (and beyond). The seminar will be held on Friday 24 April, from 2pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information click here or contact Kellie Colahan.

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Science Seminar

Dr Ian Dodd, Lancaster Environment Centre, UK will present a seminar on "Root system distribution and root-to-shoot signalling". The seminar will be held on Friday 24 April from 12pm–1pm in the Level 3 Seminar Room, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information, click here or contact Luba Hickey.

Global Change Institute Food Security Seminar

Tira Foran from CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra will present a seminar on "Interdisciplinary Analysis of Complexity in Food Systems". The forum will question if we are aware of the prejudices of our disciplinary lens, when evaluating complex systems? The seminar will discuss the contrasting contributions from different conceptual frameworks to understandings of food systems. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 April from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building. For more information contact Jane O'Sullivan.

Centre for Integrative Legume Research Seminar

Professor Allan Downie, John Innes Centre at Norwich, UK, will present a seminar on "Frontiers of Nitrogen Fixation". This natural process provides the world with usuable nitrogen 'fertiliser', which is needed for improved plant productivity. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 29 April from 11am–12.15pm in Room 257, Goddard Building. For more information contact Professor Peter Gresshoff on ext. 68881.

AstraZeneca Town Hall Meeting

The UniQuest-AstraZeneca Open Innovation Partnership is the first of its kind in Australia. UniQuest is hosting a Town Hall Meeting, which will explain the Open Innovation Partnership and the Call for Proposal process. Scientists and physicians at UQ may submit proposals that investigate human mechanisms of disease and demonstrate therapeutic intervention. Proposals must target small molecules for cardiovascular, metabolic, oncology, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, infectious or neuroscience diseases. Successful proposals will be jointly funded by UniQuest and AstraZeneca. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 5 May from 9am–10am in the AIBN Seminar Room. For more information, and to register, click here.

UQ Diamantina Institute (UQDI) Your Health Future Forum

The UQDI will host a forum on "Gut Full: the good and bad bugs in our body". Discover how the human microbiome may play a role in determining your health and longevity. The forum will be held on Wednesday 6 May from 6pm in the TRI Auditorium, PA Hospital, Wolloongabba. Drinks and canapes will be served prior to the presentations. For more information and to register, click here.   

Other upcoming events

QBI Seminar: Mechanisms underlying plasticity of potassium channel signaling with psychostimulants (21.04.15)

Global Leadership Series: Why superbugs should scare you more than ebola (21.04.15)

QBI Seminar: What the fly's nose tells the fly's brain (22.04.15)

The Why, What and How of Human Consciousness (22.04.15)

Film Series - School of Political Science and International Studies (22.04.15)

9th Alzheimer’s + Parkinson’s Disease (A+PD) Symposium (23.04.15)

Colleges, Churches and Community in WW1 (24.04.15) 

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



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Conservation of Water Resources

Did you know that Australia is one of the driest countries in the world? To combat this, UQ maintains a Water Efficiency Management Plan to minimise water consumption on campus. All UQ Kitchens have been retrofitted with water-efficient taps and all bathrooms have water-efficient toilets, showers and taps to reduce water consumption. Over 30 rainwater tanks have been installed at multiple campuses and sites to store over 800,000 litres of rainwater and ovals and landscaped areas are irrigated with recycled water. Find out more online.  

What can I do to use water sustainably?

  1. Turn the tap off when not in use.
  2. Use a refillable water bottle, avoid buying bottled water.
  3. Fill the dishwasher before turning it on.
  4. When diluting chemicals, run taps only as long as necessary.
  5. When washing lab ware or other items, reduce flow to effective minimum.
  6. Report leaking taps to PF Assist on ext. 52222.

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Exercise Rehabilitation Program for Low Back Pain

The UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is offering a clinical service for clients who suffer from low back pain. The Low Back Pain and Prevention Program will offer clients assessment, treatment and prevention solutions to their back pain issues. The service will be conducted by fourth-year undergraduate and Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology students studying a degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences, under the supervision of experienced staff. The program will start on Monday 20 April and will run every Monday for a six-week period from 11am. For more information click here or contact Emma Beckman.   

UQ Music Lunchtime Concert

The UQ Music Masters series presents Edward Elgar's Quintet in A minor for piano and string quartet. Performed by visiting artists Stewart Kelly, Michelle Walsh and Caroline Hopson, with UQ's Patricia Pollett, and Patrick Murphy. The concert will be held on Thursday 23 April from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, click here.

Mother's Day at Customs House

This year, Customs House will be hosting a special day of dining to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 May. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the terrace by the river with a view of the Story Bridge, or in the elegant inside dining room. The breakfast menu will be offered from 9am at $48 per person. The lunch menu, offered from 12pm, consists of either two courses for $67 per person or three courses for $85 per person. Bookings are essential Phone 3365 8921 or click here to book online.

Queensland Medical Orchestra Concert

The UQ School of Medicine proudly supports the Queensland Medical Orchestra (QMO), whose first concert of 2015 is “Adagio for the Anzacs” a tribute to the great military compositions of musical history. On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipolli, the QMO will pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country proudly in the armed forces. We invite you to join the orchestra to pay remembrance to the sacrifices of our ANZACs and to enjoy an afternoon of brilliant military–inspired music. All proceeds from the concert go towards the dedicated work of Legacy. Tickets are available online.

Physiotherapy for kids

Strength, flexibility, balance and coordination are all important foundations for the ongoing development and control of movement in the classroom and in the playground. If your child is having difficulty with any of these areas, appointments are available to provide an assessment and program that is specific to your child’s needs. No diagnosis or medical referral is required, and Enhanced Primary Care plans are welcome. Private health fund rebates may apply. For more information or to make an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 3365 2232. Staff, students and general public welcome, and free parking is available.

UQ Wellness 

  • Tai Chi – five-week course (lunchtime and afternoon available) starting at the end of April - contact Dr Xin Liu as soon as possible. 
  • Good Morning Yoga - seven-week course, Tuesday 7.30am-8.30am at the UQ Centre - contact Dr Vivek Mitter.
  • Feldenkrais­ Awareness through Movement ­- six-week course, Wednesday 5.15pm ­ 6.15pm at the UQ Centre - contact Susie King.
  • Flu Vaccination - register now

For more information on current health and wellness opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website or contact Vicki McNabb.

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

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

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Germinate Start-up Accelerator Program

ilab’s next business accelerator program is open for applications now. The Germinate Program provides up to $20,000 funding for resources to help build prototypes, cut code, incorporation, marketing and to test business models. Successful applicants will build their business fast in a focused three-month program that includes workshops, mentor support and individual guidance. This Germinate program is open to all, staff, researchers and students, who have an idea or IP that can become a great business. Applications close on Sunday 3 May. To apply click here or contact Bernie Woodcroft.

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:

Staff Development Update 

eLearning workshops

ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2015. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development website.

  • Virtual Meetings (Adobe Connect) - Wednesday 6 May, Online

  • Learn.UQ Basics for Professional Staff - Wednesday 20 May, St Lucia

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 Study about

Non-invasive neuroimaging of emotion and language

Healthy volunteers aged 50–85 years are sought to participate in a study focusing on emotion and language. Data obtained from participation as part of this healthy group will be compared with data obtained from a group of Parkinson’s disease sufferers. The study involves the completion of questionnaires, a clinical assessment, and a language task in which brain activity will be recorded via electroencephalography (EEG). Assessments are conducted at Herston and take about two hours. $30 reimbursement for travel expenses is available. Details: contact Tiffany Au or Julia Yang (3346 5557).

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

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

How do you cope with and manage the demands of your work?

Full-time workers are sought for participation in a study examining stress, coping and emotions at work. The study is completed over the course of two weeks where you will be asked to complete a mini survey, which will take less than three minutes to complete, at three different time points throughout the day. This will track how stress and coping changes over the course of a workday as well as over a working week. Prior to commencing the study, completion of a short introductory survey, which will take less than 10 minutes, will be required. Participants are offered some stress busting tips, opportunity for a brief overview on their individual results and a chance to win one of two $250 gift cards. Details: click here or contact Aislin Harper.

Alcohol Research Study

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how emotion, personality, and taste perception influence alcohol use. Participants aged 18–21 are sought to participate in two experimental sessions, held one week apart at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi or Myer voucher. Details: Dr Matthew Gullo

Do you or someone you know have asthma? 

Researchers are seeking volunteers 16 years and over, who use a preventative asthma inhaler to complete a 15-20 minute survey online. This study aims to explore how beliefs about medicines and asthma affect whether we use our preventer inhalers. Details: Click here or contact Holly Ross

Quantitative Sensory Testing in Tendinopathy

The SIRPH Research Unit is looking for healthy adults with no history of knee and Achilles tendon pain to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tendinopathy. Participants in this healthy group will constitute a reference group for data obtained from people with Achilles and patellar tendinopathy. Participants will be required to attend the University of Queensland School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at St Lucia for one two-hour session, where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Reimbursment for reasonable expenses available. Details: sirph@uq.edu.au.

Vibration therapy and athletic performance study

Fit males aged 18-25 who engage in moderate activity several times a week are sought to participate in a study measuring the effects of vibration therapy on improved athletic performance. The study will consist of a 30 minute supervised session for four consecutive days with a two week rest before a further four consecutive days. Participants will be reimbursed with a guaranteed $50 Visa gift card and the opportunity to earn a further $200–$250 dependent on performance. Details: Bridie Morcombe.

Food taste and eating behaviour study

Participants aged 18–40 with a BMI of 18.9–26.0 and without any food restrictions are needed for this study. The study will comprise of five sessions. Eligible participants will be required to undertake two taste tests and three food selection and eating tests in the Centre for Nutrition and Food Science. Participants will receive a $70 voucher on completion. Details: Pengfei Han.

Low Back Pain Key Messages Questionnaire

Volunteers aged 18 and over who currently have, or have had lower back pain in the past are sought to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire aims to ascertain the key messages to be included on a new low back pain website. All participants have the opportunity to go into the draw for an iPad Mini. Details: click here or contact Amanda Nielsen.

Pain and motor learning

Volunteers are sought for a study investigating how pain affects the way people learn a new movement. Participants will walk on a treadmill on two consecutive days, with and without an elastic band attached to the foot. On the first day mild pain may be induced by brief electrical stimulation. Details: Morgan Hughes.

Interested in free supervised exercise sessions?

Men and women with a previous diagnosis of cancer are invited to participate in a free exercise program aimed at improving general health. This program involves weekly one hour exercise sessions at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences’ gym for six consecutive weeks. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12.30-1.30pm, commencing on Wednesday 22 April. Free parking is available. Details: click here or contact Kirsten Adlard.

Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

Researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 18–35 who are thinking about quitting smoking. The aim of this project is to compare the effects of two types of exercise: high intensity interval training and lifestyle physical activity over 12 weeks, to see how well exercise helps with a quit attempt. Participants may receive free supervised exercise sessions for 12 weeks, and will also receive free health and fitness tests, which take place at the St. Lucia Campus. Travel costs for testing will be reimbursed. Details: Dr Toby Pavey.

The effects of visual media on brain activity

Males aged 20–35, with no history of mental illness, not currently taking any medication, and with no metal implants are sought for a new study. The aim of this study is to explore the neural networks that are recruited during the presentation of different forms of visual media. It will involve completing a five-minute online questionnaire to assess eligibility and an fMRI brain scan, which will take approximately one hour. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Samuel Jay Fynes-Clinton.

Are you interested in improved asthma management in pregnancy?

Do you have asthma, are in the early stages of pregnancy now and plan to have your baby at RBWH? We have commenced a study that will work out how best to use your asthma medicine during your pregnancy and what impact this style of management has on the newborn, infant and child. Asthma medications will be provided at the beginning of the study, as well as the opportunity to enrol your child in the follow-up study, which will include visits with a Paediatrician in infancy and childhood. Details: Felicity Stalley (3646 5164).


Virtual reality study 

Interested in experiencing virtual reality? Healthy volunteers aged 30-70 years are sought to participate in a study into neck movements and control as well as factors associated with the simulator experience. The study takes approximately 45 minutes and will involve playing some specialised games with a virtual reality headset in addition to a number of other non-invasive tests looking at factors such as balance. Details: Ryan Tyrrell.

Mandarin tasting

Male and female volunteers who enjoy eating mandarins are sought for a study. Volunteers must be available to participate in a 15 minute session. Participants will be reimbursed in the form of a Subway voucher upon completion of the tasting. Details: uqsensory@uq.edu.au.

Looking for treatment for knee pain?

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

Annoying acne, tried everything?

Researchers are seeking healthy male and female participants aged 16–35 with problem skin, who are not currently on medication for acne and willing to participate over a 16 week period. The product has a unique formula containing DIM (a patented plant extract) as well as other vitamins to enhance the complexion, potential to help with reducing acne. Participants will be given a free supply of Skin Accumax at the conclusion of the study. Details: click here or phone 3254 4164.

What makes a vacation meaningful?

Researchers are seeking volunteers for a study exploring vacation experiences as a source of meaning. Participation will involve an online survey, reflecting on five vacation photographs of your choice. Each participant will receive two movie tickets. Details: Chelsea Gill.

Friend and family sharing in social media 

Volunteer groups consisting of 2–3 family and/or friends are sought for focus groups on sharing in social media. The sessions will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will explore topics such as social sharing and privacy. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Co-Op Bookshop gift voucher. Details: Liam Pomfret.

Seeking pregnant mothers: newborn communication study

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

What activities do you regularly participate in?

Volunteers aged18–64 without an existing neurological condition are sought to assist in the finalisation of a new occupational therapy assessment. The task involves sorting cards with pictures of everyday activities (e.g. driving, shopping, household chores, caring for pets) according to whether you do them or not. The activity will need to be completed twice in a two-week time frame, taking approximately 10-15 minutes each time. Details: Inez Hung.

Do you suffer from lateral hip pain?

Volunteers aged 35–70 with pain and tenderness on the outside of their hip are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve x-ray and MRI and undergoing an eight-week physiotherapy program, or a corticosteroid injection to the hip, or advice on tendon management. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Children and Chemicals in the Home Study

Do you have a child aged 3-18 months? If yes, we’d like to invite you to participate in a study examining exposure to chemicals in the home environment. Families will be asked to collect biological samples over a two-day period and to participate in a short home visit. Your participation can help us determine typical levels of exposure to chemicals that are common in our homes and also how that exposure occurs. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift card for their time. Details: click here or contact Karin English

Do you have Parkinson's disease?

Adults aged 50–70 who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are invited to participate in a UQ research project focussing on language, learning, emotion and memory. Assessments include two neuroimaging sessions at St Lucia (magnetic resonance imaging) and paper-and-pen tests, lasting around 1.5 hours. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Details: click here or contact Dr Christina Knuepffer.

Neuroimaging of language, emotion, memory and learning

Healthy adults aged 50 to 70 years are sought to participate in a study focusing on language, emotion, memory and learning. Participants in this healthy group will constitute a reference group for data obtained from a group of people with Parkinson's disease. Assessments include two neuroimaging sessions at St Lucia (magnetic resonance imaging) and paper-and-pen tests, lasting around 1.5 hours each. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Details: click here or contact Dr Christina Knuepffer.

Virtual reality training for neck pain

Volunteers aged 18 and over and who have had at least two months of neck pain and disability are sought for a study to investigate the effect of this home-based training for people with neck pain. A virtual reality device has been developed for assessment and training of neck movement. It provides games designed to improve the smoothness, speed and accuracy of neck movement. It is interactive, motivating, pain distracting and functional. Details: Kate Croft

Have you recently had a new baby?

The first few months after having a baby can be wonderful as well as exhausting and taking care of your health and your baby's health is so important. Parents of new babies are sought to complete a 15-20 minute questionnaire about their health since the birth and visits to the doctor. Details: w.brodribb@uq.edu.au and frances.handleyderry@uq.net.au.

Asthma prevention trial for children aged 6–12

Does your child have asthma? Is your child between the ages of 6 to 12 years? Has your child had an asthma attack in the last 12 months? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions your child may be able to participate in a study to try to prevent an asthma attack. The Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to try to prevent asthma attacks in children. OM-85 is an immunostimulant that primes the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and this may help with asthma control and stop asthma attacks. Details: click here or contact Julie Varghese (3636 1283).

Asthma prevention trial

Researchers are seeking women who are pregnant or parents who have a child younger than nine months old, where the parents have allergies or a family history of asthma. Their children may be eligible for this trial. The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to prevent asthma in children. OM-85 are oral drops that prime the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and reduce damage to the lungs, thus helping to prevent asthma. Details: Julie Varghese (3636 1283) or visit the QCMRI website and follow the "Quick Links". 

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