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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 27 July 2015


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Cycling workshops and seminars

A number of free cycling workshops and seminars are available to UQ staff and students during UQ Sustainability Week. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a rusty rider, there’s a workshop that will cater to your needs. Take advantage of these free workshops and improve the way you move to and from UQ. Numbers for each of the following workshops are limited: 

  • Cycling Injury Prevention & Basic Bike Setup Seminar on Monday 17 August
  • Ride to Uni Day on Tuesday 18 August
  • Cycling in Brisbane – Back On Your Bike on Wednesday 19 August
  • Improve Your Ride on Tuesday 18 August and Thursday 20 August

For more details and to register, visit the Sustainability website









Changes to Casual Timekeeper deadlines now effective 

The deadline for the submission of Casual Timekeeper forms is now consistent across all of UQ. The new "lockout time" for Casual Timekeeper forms is 5pm on the Tuesday of each non-pay week. This change is now effective.

Timekeeper forms will not be able to be submitted following the lockout time, until the pay run is completed over the weekend. During the lockout period, all buttons on TimeKeeper have been removed with read-only access to previous Timekeeper forms.

Current or future Timekeeper forms cannot be generated at this time. Submission deadlines and pay dates are available on the UQ Timetable for Casual Claims. A short FAQ on this change is available here.   

UQ Market Day road closures

Please be advised that Campbell Road and University Drive will be closed due to Semester 2 Market Day activities. The following road closures will be in place between Tuesday 28 July and Wednesday 29 July 2015:

  • Campbell Road from the intersection of Blair Drive to Campbell Plaza 1am Tuesday 28 July to 9pm Wednesday 29 July
  • University Drive 1am–10am on Wednesday 29 July
  • Great Court ramp via Chancellors Place 1am–2.45pm on Wednesday 29 July

Please be advised that Disabled/Special Needs parking will be available in the bollard bays at the top of University Drive, closest the UQ Art Museum. UQ Security will be on site for advice and to permit limited entry for deliveries before 5.30am, after this time deliveries will be redirected to alternative Loading Zones. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

Last chance to apply for the $6000 UQ Employee Travel Grant

Applications for the UQ Employee Travel Grant will close on Tuesday 28 July. Campus Travel and Qantas are giving you the chance to win $6,000 to be put towards travel for your personal learning and development journey. For more information and to apply, click here.  

Date Management tool on Learn.UQ

The new date management feature in Learn.UQ is now available to staff. The tool allows staff to easily reuse tests, Blackboard assignments, blogs, wikis and discussions boards copied from previous semesters. Staff can change the availability and due dates on all these tools on a single page. For more information on this feature please visit the Date Management tool page.

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2015 UQ Professionals Network (UQPN) Conference

Come and enjoy the opportunity to hear and learn from a number of guest speakers from across the UQ community and beyond. The conference will be held on Tuesday 28 July and will focus on ways in which we can add value to our individual careers and to our work environments and facilitate an opportunity for all professional staff to come together and share, learn, network and challenge one another. The conference will be held in the Sir Llew Edwards Terrace Room from 9am–4pm. Attendance at the Conference is free of charge to UQPN members. If you are not already a member or need to renew your membership, click here. For more information and to register, click here.  

QAAFI Science Seminar

Assistant Professor Wanchai Assavalapsakul Chulalonglkorn, University Thailand, will present a seminar on "RNA interference: the biomolecular approach for in vitro endogenous gene knockdown towards application for prevention of yellow head virus infection in vivo". The seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 July from 12pm–1pm in the Level 3 Seminar Room, Building 80. For more information, click here or contact Luba Hickey.

Creative Collaboratorium Seminar

Professor Graeme Boone, Professor of Music and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Ohio State University, will present a seminar on "The Grateful Dead, or Musicology as Cosmology". The seminar will be held on Wednesday 29 July at 3pm in Room 460, Zelman Cowen Building. All are welcome, RSVP to musicrhd@uq.edu.au. For more information, click here.

SMI Seminar Series

Armando de la Flor Olavide and Lynda Lawson from the Centre for Social Responsibility at SMI will host a seminar on "Building capacity in university staff: Training the trainer at the University of San Marcos in Peru". This seminar will reflect on a training event held in Peru this year. The seminar will be held on Thursday 30 July from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Hannah Fry.

US Fulbright Senior Specialist

Professor Leigh Goodmark, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will host a seminar on "Intimate Partner Violence, the Criminal Justice System and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice". The seminar will be held on Thursday 30 July from 12pm–1pm in the Sir Samuel Griffith Room, Forgan Smith Building. For more information, email events@law.uq.edu.au.

Selby Fellowship Public Lecture at UQ

Ray Jayawardhana, astronomer and author, will present the Selby Fellowship Public Lecture on "Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a ghostly particle to unlock cosmic secrets". Take a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of these elusive particles, as Jayawardhana recounts a captivating detective story with a colorful cast of characters and awesome cosmic implications. The lecture will be held on Thursday 30 July from 6pm–7.30pm in Room 222, Parnell Building. For more information, click here or contact Michael Drinkwater.

RCC Seminar Series

Dr Peter Beckman, founder and director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Laboratory, will host a seminar on "Waggle: A platform for distributed smart wireless sensors and in-situ parallel computation". This seminar will discuss the Internet of Things and the Waggle open source research project. This project is working to design, develop, and deploy a novel wireless sensor system to enable a new breed of smart city research and sensor-driven environmental science. The seminar will be held on Friday 31 July from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information, or to RSVP, email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au.

Learning Analytics at UQ

ITaLI presents a one day workshop on Learning Analytics. Shane Dawson, (Acting) Director of the Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of South Australia, will be presenting the current trends, approaches and innovation associated with Learning Analytics. The seminar will be held on Friday 31 July from 9am–2.30pm in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. A working lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, click here.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at CAI

The Centre for Advanced Imaging at UQ is hosting an "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea" to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council Australia. The event will be held on Tuesday 4 August from 10.30am–11.30am in the Level 2 Seminar Room, Building 57. A short presentation by some of UQ's cancer researchers will be followed by morning tea for a $5 donation. RSVP to nina.moore@cai.uq.edu.au for catering purposes.

HABS 3MT Faculty Final

PhD students from the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences will compete in the Faculty Final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Students will present their thesis and its significance in dynamic and informative presentations of three minutes in length. The winner will progress to the UQ 3MT Final. The competition will be held on Friday 7 August from 10am–11.30am and morning tea will be provided. All staff and students are welcome, RSVP here. For more information, email habs.research@uq.edu.au.

Languages and Cultures Seminar

Associate Professor Michael Haugh, School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University will present a seminar on "(Im)politeness implicatures, ‘culture’ and the moral order". In this presentation it is proposed that in order to understand the relationship between implicature and im/politeness we need to examine more carefully their moral underpinnings. The seminar will be held on Friday 7 August 11am–12pm in Room 208, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or contact Dr Paul Moore on ext 56661.

UQ Leadership Event

All UQ staff are invited to an interactive workshop entitled "Get Constructive: Exploring conflict to drive results". The workshop will explore conflict: what drives it, its essential role in effective teams, and how to keep it constructive so you can get the benefits. The workshop will be held on Monday 10 August from 9am–12.30pm and a light lunch will be provided. RSVP by Monday 3 August . For more information, click here or email uqleadership@uq.edu.au.

Maths Public Lecture

Professor Michael Shelley, New York University, will present a seminar on "Active and flexible bodies moving with(in) fluids". This lecture explores the fluid-structure interactions ranging from those we can directly see, like flapping flags and flying birds — to those we cannot, such as the collective behaviours of swimming microbes and the transport of structures in biological cells.The lecture will be held on Tuesday 11 August from 6pm–7.30pm in Room 358, Physiology Lecture Theatre. For more information and to RSVP, click here or contact Associate Professor Tony Roberts.

mixOmics: Exploration and integration of ‘omics data

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and the Translational Research Institute (TRI) will host this interactive two day workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about multivariate statistical methods using the mixOmics R statistical software to analyse data. All resources will be provided including access to the R software in the computer lab or you have the option to bring your own laptop. The workshop will be held from Thursday 13 AugustFriday 14 August at the TRI, PA Hospital. The workshop is free, but registration is essential. For more information, contact Kim-Anh Le Cao.

Brain and Mental Health research at the University of Queensland Lecture

Hear internationally recognised experts from the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) speak on "Secrets of Your Brain Revealed: a research update". The program will cover the future of care technologies and interventions improving brain health. The lecture will be held on Saturday 22 August from 1pm–4pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registrations close Friday 14 August. For more information and to register, click here.

Other upcoming events 

QBI Seminar: Neurological disorders - finding the causes, accurate diagnosis and prevention (29.07.15)

Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening (31.07.15)

Fulbright Brisbane Public Lecture: The Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Violence - Limitations and Possibilities (03.08.15)

UQ Art Museum Public Programs: 'Art and global politics' panel discussion (03.08.15)


More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles where UQ is mentioned. 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 make arrangements to access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Environmental responsibilities: labs and workshops

UQ’s Environmental Management System includes procedures that everyone must follow to ensure that the University meets its environmental responsibilities and works towards minimising any environmental impacts from its activities. This program will cover environmental duty of care and correct environmental practices. This course will be held on Wednesday 5 August at St Lucia and is particularly relevant for anyone working with hazardous materials. Enrol online

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Campus Confidential - July Newsletter

Click here to view the latest edition of Campus Travel's monthly newsletter, Campus Confidential, where we keep you up to date on the latest travel industry news, special offers and incentives. 

Doing Archaeology on Modern Cyprus - Saturday Series

As part of the exhibition "Cyprus: An Island and A People" the RD Milns Antiquities Museum will host a panel featuring Australian archaeologists Dr Andrew Sneddon, co-Director of the UQ-Alambra Archaeological Mission and Dr Craig Barker, Co-Director of the University of Sydney's excavations in Paphos, who will speak about their experiences on Cyprus. The event will be held on Saturday 15 August from 11am–12pm. For more information, click here.

UQ Music 

This week The UQ School of music will host three concerts: 

  • The School of Music presents The Penny Quartet, from the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. The Penny Quartet will perform a lunchtime concert on Thursday 30 July from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. The program includes string quartets by Haydn and Prokofiev. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.
  • UQ's Pulse Chamber Orchestra, directed by UQ Cellist Patrick Murphy, will perform on Sunday 2 August from 2pm–3.30pm in the "Cool and Classic" series at Kenmore Uniting Church. Program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Gershwin. Tickets: $5 for children, $20 for students and $25 for adults and includes afternoon tea. Purchase tickets here. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au
  • On Sunday 2 August from 4pm–5pm, the Penny Quartet will perform at the historic Brookfield Hall. Program includes works by Mendelssohn, Webern and Prokofiev. Tickets are $15 and are available online. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au

Need assistance with your child or teenager?

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is offering individual appointments for $25 per hour. The Clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their child or teenager. We are also specialists in conducting Triple P. The types of difficulties we help with include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on 3365 7290 or cfpc@psy.uq.edu.au.

Physiotherapy for children

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 (EPC) plans are welcome. Private health fund rebates may apply. Staff, students and the general public are welcome and free parking is available. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 3365 2232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au

UQ Wellness

UQ staff are encouraged to explore the 2015 UQ Wellness Portal and its range of professionally sourced health and wellbeing information including videos, tools and calculators. Staff who seek a personal health and wellbeing profile can complete the Online Health Assessment (OHA) that is also available at the Portal.

As an added incentive, each staff member who completes the OHA is eligible to win one of 16 Garmin Vivofit devices that monitor physical activity and movement to assist in achieving healthy lifestyle goals. For more information about the UQ Wellness Portal or the Online Health Assessment, click here 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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Join the UQ Professionals Network (UQPN)

UQPN is the oldest network of professional employees at The University of Queensland. Its members have access to a series of informal and formal workshops aimed at solving practical problems staff face and an annual conference of amazing guest speakers which is included in the membership fee. This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday 28 July and the theme is 'Adding Value: The Next Steps', further information and registration details can be found here.

The UQPN also gives members the ability get to know and network with staff from various disciplines and departments and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated community for all professional staff. Membership is a $20.00 annual fee, which is tax deductible and may be covered by your department as part of your annual professional development. To join, complete the application form on the UQPN website. For more information, email uqpn@uq.edu.au or visit the UQPN Facebook page

ESOS Guide to Marketing, Recruitment and Agents

The ESOS Legislation and National Code of Practice has specific standards relating to how institutions market and recruit international students. This workshop outlines what these requirements are, and what we need to do to meet them. This workshop would suit those who have a role is involved in marketing, recruitment or communications. The course will include examples of best practice and there will be time for discussion on issues pertaining to individual issues. The workshop will be held on Monday 10 August from 10am–11am in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. To register, click here. For more information, contact Alison Campbell.

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:

eLearning workshops

ITS are 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/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Learn.UQ Basics - Tuesday 4 August, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Thursday 6 August, Herston

Staff Development Update

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 Study about

Participate in user research for the Library

The library is conducting research to help improve the user experience of the Library and its services. All staff and students are invited to participate, either in-person at St Lucia, or online. In-person participants will be reimbursed with a $30 Coles-Myer gift card and online participants go into a draw for a $100 gift card. The sessions this month are approximately 30-60 minutes. Details: click here.

Do you want your child or adolescent to live a more healthy life?

An opportunity to receive free nutrition sessions, supervised exercise training sessions and health assessments: Researchers are looking for overweight participants aged 7-16 years old. Receive 10 individual sessions with an accredited dietitian and two weekly exercise sessions for 12 weeks – including fitness testing, body composition scans, heart and blood vessel assessment. You will receive your health and fitness results. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: click here, or contact Katrin Dias (3346 7767).

Healthy and overweight university students

Researchers are seeking university students aged 18-30 who are either in the "obese" weight range or in the "healthy" weight range,
50 participants in each range are required. The aim of this study is to investigate whether people with different weight ranges have different chemical profiles in their blood and urine. Participation includes a lifestyle questionnaire and a donation of 20mL of blood and 50mL of urine. All testing will take place at the Mater Pathology Unit, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles gift card. Details: Helen Won.

Lower Arm Amputee Needed

The UQ Robotics Club is looking for a lower arm amputee to test a new Prosthetic Arm built over the course of the first semester. The arm uses non-invasive EMG electrodes, similar to current models on the market. Researchers are hoping to test the current model and receive feedback on how to best design the second arm, starting in second semester. Details: click here or email uqrobotics@gmail.com.

Families' use of parks

Families with one child or more aged 4-5 years who visit a Brisbane City Council park once a week or less are sought for a study investigating why some families do not use these spaces very often. Participation will involve completing a short survey and spending about an hour and a half with a researcher exploring a park. Details: Liz Barber.

Women's decision-making, wellbeing and empowerment during the perinatal period

Women in their first or second trimester of pregnancy are sought to discuss the wide range of paid and unpaid work (including childbearing and parenting) decisions and transitions that they will be navigating during the next 9-12 months. This research will explore the influences on women’s paid and unpaid care work decisions and transitions from approximately 3-6 months gestation through to about six months following birth. Participation may also contribute to the development of more holistic understanding about women’s perinatal decisions and transitions, which may lead to the development of more holistic support for women’s decision-making, wellbeing and empowerment in the future. Details: Belinda Barnett.

Low Back Pain Patterns and Variations Study

Adults aged 18 and over who have low back pain are sought to participate in a study aimed at exploring pain patterns and variations. Volunteers will be required to complete an anonymous online survey. All participants will have the opportunity to enter the draw for an iPad Mini. Details: click here or contact Mandy Nielsen (3365 1510).

The Getting of Wisdom

Volunteers aged 50 and over who are interested in discovering more about the elusive concept of wisdom and how it might be best measured are sought for a study on the measurement of wisdom. Gaining wisdom can be considered elusive and difficult to grasp. However, history and research tells us that the getting of wisdom is actually attainable, not necessarily the time by all people–but there are those among us who have been known to be wise; if only on occasion. Details: Leander Mitchell (3040 8464).

Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

Researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 18–55 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: click here.

Participants free from neck pain required

UQ staff who use a computer for more than 20 hours a week and are free of neck pain are sought for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of physical capacity and posture on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Participants will be reimbursed $50 at the completion of the study. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

How does our past affect our present and future?

Young adults aged 18–25 years are sought for a study that will help increase understanding of how childhood experiences and parenting affect young adults’ wellbeing and plans for the future. Participation will require completing a 30-minute anonymous survey. Some questions are about potentially sensitive topics including parental divorce and assault. Participants will have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher. Details: click here or contact Carys Chainey.

Recruiting for new acne trial

Central Brisbane Dermatology is seeking adults aged 18–44 with facial acne who have more than 20 red or inflamed facial pimples, whiteheads or blackheads. Participants will be invited to try a new investigational medication. Study medication will be provided free of charge and reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed. Details: click here.

Painful Achilles Tendon?

Researchers are seeking people with Achilles tendon pain to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tendinopathy. Participants will be required to attend the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at St Lucia for one two-hour session, where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Alcohol Research Study

Volunteers aged 18–21 are sought for a study on emotion, personality, and taste perception. Participation requires taking part in two experimental sessions, one week apart at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: click here or email m.gullo@uq.edu.au.

Neuroimaging of language, emotion, memory and learning

Healthy adults aged 55–70 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 approximately one and a half hours each. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Details: click here or contact Dr Christina Knuepffer.

Kids BESTest Balance Study

Children aged 8–18 years are sought to trial a new Physiotherapy Balance Test, called the BESTest. Children will have fun with our qualified Kids Physio Team testing their balance and coordination in a range of fun clinical tests, as well as a couple of cool tests on our balance platform. We hope that gathering this information with typically developing kids can provide a baseline from which Kids Physios can identify balance problems in children with disabilities. All kids are needed for one visit of two-hours and we hope that some kids might be able to come back for a follow up visit of one-hour. You can stay with your child, or they can stay with our qualified Kids Physios for the duration of the test. All testing is done at the St Lucia campus. For more information, contact Rosalee Dewar

Microfinance research

Researchers are seeking past participants from saver plus, AddsUp, or other matched savings programs for a microfinance study. Research involves an interview of not more than 60 minutes at your chosen time and place, Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 giftcard. Details: Lynn Ling.

Healthy people over 40 needed

Volunteers aged 40 and over who have no back, hip, knee, foot or ankle problems are sought to serve as a healthy control subject in a study on knee arthritis. Participants will be required for two-hours to complete measures of foot and ankle flexibility and structure and muscle activity while walking up and down stairs. Details: Narelle Wyndow.

Brain imaging study on emotions

Healthy caucasian adults aged 18-45 are sought for a two-part study. Part one involves completing questionnaires. Part two involves making judgments about videos inside the MRI scanner. Reimbursement of $30 will be available for participants. Details: Yuan Cao.


Volunteers Needed To Eat Snacks

People with no special dietary requirements are needed to understand the relationship between social interactions and product choice behaviour. Participation will require completing a 30-minute session. Participants will be reimbursed with a $10 Coles, Woolworths or UQU voucher and a chance to enter the draw for Spotify Premium Subscription. Details: click here or contact Sabrina Wong.

Family carers of people with dementia needed

Family carers of people with dementia and hearing loss are sought to trial a new training program. The program aims to support hearing, communication, and memory function in the person with dementia. The program will be delivered by telehealth using an iPad, which will be provided, in the participants’ home and will take approximately one hour a week for five weeks. Details: Eril McKinnon (3346 7489).

Does knee pain limit your normal activity?

Male volunteers aged 40–55 who suffer from chronic knee pain are sought to participate in a clinical trial. The trial will take place over a two-week period and involves a comparison between a knee guard device and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory formulation. There will be two assessment sessions, involving physical tests and questionnaires to be undertaken at the St Lucia Campus. On completion of the trial a reimbursement of $40 will be available for participants. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Controls wanted for hearing study

Researchers are seeking females aged 25–27 or 41–43 and males aged 22–25 who do not work with chemicals to participate as controls in a hearing study. This study examines how exposure to chemicals in the workplace can affect hearing. Participation involves a one–hour hearing test at UQ twice on the same day (morning and afternoon). Details: contact Laura Sheridan (3346 7489).

Participants needed for asthma study

Researchers are seeking both people with and without asthma to participate in a study investigating how the immune system protects people from viruses. Researchers are interested in finding out if this is related to variations in certain genes and whether it is linked to having asthma or not. Participation takes place at PA hospital and takes only 30 minutes, which includes a donation of 40ml blood and a simple questionnaire. All samples and information will be treated confidentially. Details: Liisa Murray.

Brain plasticity study at QBI

Healthy participants aged 18-35 years are required for a study investigating brain plasticity in the motor system. Non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging techniques will be used to painlessly and safely probe plastic changes arising in the brain following a simple training task. Two sessions required, each about two hours long. $10 per hour reimbursement is available. Details: Martin Sale.

What activities do you complete regularly?

People aged 18-64, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and don't have an existing neurological condition are sought in the development of a new occupational therapy assessment. Participation will require sorting cards with pictures of everyday activities (driving, shopping, household chores, caring for pets) according to whether you do them or not. The task will need to be completed twice over the course of two weeks. The task will take approximately 10–15 minutes each time. Details: Inez Hung.

Longitudinal Low Back Pain Study

Adults aged 18–50 who have experienced back pain in the past week, as well as people who are pain-free, are sought to participate in a 12-month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. To determine your suitability please complete this intake questionnaire. Details: email longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.

Patellar (Knee) Tendon Pain?

Researchers are seeking people with Patellar tendon pain to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with 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. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Participants 45+ without pain required

Healthy adults aged 45 and over, with no history of knee and Achilles tendon pain are sought to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tendinopathy. Participants will be required to attend a two-hour session, where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Reimbursement for reasonable expenses available. Details: complete the survey or email sirph@uq.edu.au.

People with ankle pain needed

Volunteers aged 18-75 who have ankle pain that has lasted more than three months are needed to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about your ankle function and general health, and takes about 20 minutes. Questionnaires can be emailed or sent by post. Details: email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Seeking 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.

Using Virtual Reality to Assess Cognition

Volunteers aged 35-95 years who have no history of stroke or other neurological disease are sought for research on the use of virtual reality to assess cognition. No previous computer experience is needed. We have developed computer-based tasks to assess attention, memory and problem-solving skills. This method of assessing cognition may be more meaningful and appropriate for stroke survivors than traditional methods. Details: Kylie Wall.

Do you have a child with a chronic illness? How are their brothers and sisters going?

Researchers are seeking parents with at least one child with any chronic illness (for example; Asthma, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy or Cystic Fibrosis) and at least one child without any chronic illnesses, aged 6–12 years. The researcher will be conducting home visits and performing interviews with one parent and one sibling of the child who has the chronic illness. Total duration will be less than 60 minutes. Topics of discussion will be based around the impact of the chronic illness on the well children within the family home. The findings of this study will help inform future parenting interventions for children and siblings living within a home with chronic illness. Participants will go into a draw for a chance to win one of two $50 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Details: Kathryn Hales.

Seeking travellers who are familiar with peer-to-peer (PtoP) accommodation

Volunteers who have at least a basic familiarity with PtoP accommodation (for example Airbnb) are sought to complete a 10-minute online survey about consumer perceptions of PtoP accommodation services. Details: click here or contact Fulya Calik Toker.

Do you own poultry? Antibiotic resistance in backyard chickens

Researchers are looking for access to people who own healthy backyard flocks (4–99 birds) of any kind in South-East Queensland. The study involves the collection of an environmental sample of avian faecal material. A short questionnaire will also be provided either electronically or via post. Details: David Wakeham (5460 1090).

Brown fat study

Participants aged 18–40 who are a healthy weight, not on regular medications (except the oral contraceptive pill) and not pregnant are needed for a study into brown fat – a potential treatment for obesity. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and will light up on special scans. Participants will be required to attend four three-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement will be available and a light meal will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar (3443 7944).

Parents of teenagers needed to help with questionnaire feedback

Parents of teenagers aged 11–18 are sought to provide feedback on various questionnaires. The questionnaires look at behaviour and emotional problems and social competencies among teenagers; and parenting and the parent-teenager relationship. Guidelines for giving feedback on the suitability and relevance of the questions in the survey will be provided upon contact. The feedback process will be conducted via Word and should take no longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers will go into the draw to win a double movie pass. Details: email parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

Is Parenting Different Across Cultures?

Researchers at the Parenting and Family Support Centre are looking for parents of children aged 2-10 for a study examining potential differences and similarities in child rearing practices across individualistic and collectivist cultures. Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey and will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card. Details: click here or contact Chrislyne Poniman.

Spine and Shoulder Posture Study

Volunteers aged 30–60 who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low-load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.


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