Public lecture on climate change and security
Associate Professor Matt McDonald will discuss the security implications of climate change, including contemporary thinking on the complex relationship. The lecture will also make a case for climate change as the defining global security threat, now and especially into the future. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 27 July from 12–1pm, followed by light lunch in the GCI Seminar Room. RSVP is essential, contact Vigya Sharma on ext. 67725 to register. This lecture is part of the exhibition on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation currently on display at the Advanced Engineering Building, Level 3 Foyer from Monday 18 July–Thursday 4 August.
SMI seminar series presentation
Dr Graeme Taylor, Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University's Environmental Futures Research Institute will present a seminar on "A win-win strategy for fossil-fuel producers and environmentalists". All staff and members of the public are invited to attend on Thursday 28 July from 10–11am at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, click here or contact Michelle Rowland.
AIBN seminar series
Professor Wilhelm TS Huck, Professor of Physical Organic Chemistry, Radboud University, Nijmegen, will present a seminar on "Cells and Gels: Matrix Elasticity and Spreading Dynamics Regulate Cell Behaviour". The seminar will be held on Thursday 28 July from 12–1pm in the AIBN Seminar Room, Building 75. For more information, contact AIBN Reception on ext. 63877.
GCI food security seminar
Dr Jane O’Sullivan will present a seminar on "The PHE model of holistic rural development". By relating livelihoods to environmental, health and demographic outcomes, population, health and environment (PHE) projects have proven to be powerful change agents. The seminar will be held on Thursday 28 July from 1–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.
ASMR Science in the Cinema
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Queensland Branch will host a Science in the Cinema event, screening the film Cake on Thursday 28 July from 6pm at Palace Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace. The film, which centres on the life of chronic pain sufferer Claire (Jennifer Aniston), will be accompanied by an expert panel discussion by researchers from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Pain Research. To book, click here, or for more information contact Dr Fernanda Cardoso.
Seminar: Stories that Data Tells – Rich Insights from Sparse Data
The Research Computing Centre invites all staff, students and members of the public to hear Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy, Director and Senior Scientist of Singapore’s Institute for Infocomm Research, speak on the topic of 'sparse data'. The seminar will focus on three real-world case studies showing the opportunities for drawing rich insights from “not so” rich data. The seminar will be held on Friday 29 July from 9–10am in room 505A, Axon Building. For more information, click here or contact Fran Moore on ext. 58350.
Official launch of CRE REDUCE
The NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Redefining Antimicrobial Use to Reduce Resistance (CRE REDUCE) is being officially launched on Friday 29 July. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor John Turnidge, senior medical advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and a member of the Project Reference Group for the newly published First Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health. CRE REDUCE will be launched at the RBWH Education Centre, Herston, from 9am–5pm. For more information, please contact the centre manager, Nermin Karamujic.
QCI climate and electricity policy integration seminar
Tim Nelson, AGL's Head of Economics, Policy and Sustainability, will present a seminar on "Climate and electricity policy integration: is the South Australian electricity market the canary in the coal mine?" This seminar examines the dynamics of South Australian market finds that decarbonisation-related policy objectives for the Australian electricity system are unachievable with continued reliance upon an energy-only market. For more information, click here or contact Krystle Henry.
QBI ECR Workshop: expanding your horizons – identifying scientific skills to use in a wider job market
All UQ Early Career Researchers are invited to participate in the second Career Development Workshop organised by the QBI ECR Committee. The workshop, “How your scientific skill set is useful in a wider job market”, will be followed by a social mixer to network with the speakers and other ECRs in a friendly and relaxed setting. The workshop will be held on Friday 5 August from 3–5pm, followed by a social mixer in the Level 7 Auditorium, Queensland Brain Institute. For catering purposes, please RSVP before Monday 1 August, by email to email@example.com.
CSL call for breakthrough medicine translational research proposals
Could your biological or bioinformatics research lead to an antibody drug, or cell- or gene-based therapy if you had the right translation partner? Could it lead to a breakthrough medicine for an autoimmune or inflammatory disease, bleeding or coagulation disorder, or rare disease? If yes, then attend the Industry Connect event to hear from CSL visitors and UniQuest how to submit a brief concept proposal for project funding. The event will be held on Tuesday 9 August from 11am–12pm in the IMB small seminar room, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information contact Dr Craig Belcher on ext. 54037.
Other upcoming events
Frontiers in Fertility Treatment (26.07.2016)
How to defend against potential collusion by your suppliers (26.07.2016)
HMNS Seminar: Performance Focused Sport – an Avenue to gold-medal clinical outcomes for people with neurological impairments? (27.07.2016)
QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Evaluating long-term consequences of adolescent antipsychotic exposure (27.07.2016)
Design Disruptors – Film Screening (28.07.2016)
TEDxUQ 2016: Future Frontiers (30.07.2016)
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Sustainability Week 2016 program goes live
The full program for 2016’s Sustainability Week, which runs from Monday 15–Friday 19 August, is now available online. This year’s packed line-up of workshops, seminars, tours, activities and more showcases all aspects of sustainability, from climate change and biodiversity to renewable energy and planet-friendly transport options. Catch a film screening, help plant some trees, shop for second-hand gems, learn how to get great cycling posture or take a rooftop solar tour – whatever your interests, you’ll find something to suit them at Sustainability Week. Check out the program here and spread the word.
New carpark drives smart sustainability solutions
A new 500-space casual carpark has officially opened beside the UQ Centre, and it represents far more than just extra parking. Part of the new Synthetic Ovals and Sport Hub complex currently under construction, the carpark – which is completely underground – features two electric vehicle fast chargers, over 300 bike racks and 100 lockers, in order to encourage uptake of sustainable travel options. The new development also includes a 300,000-litre water tank to help maintain the synthetic playing fields, which are due to be completed in August 2016. For more updates on the Sport Hub project, check the P&F bulletin board.
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Go for gold with UQ Sport
Join UQ Sport on a Gold Membership between now and Sunday 14 August to receive an additional 10 per cent off the already discounted UQ Community price. UQ Sport will also be at Market Day on Wednesday 27 July giving out $25 UQ Shop vouchers. Sprint to the UQ Sport PlayZone in the Great Court to bust into sumo wrestling, have a ball with bubble soccer, and pick up a free Chobani yogurt. For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
New at Bam Boo Haus
If you're looking for a healthier choice, check out the latest addition to the range at Bam Boo Haus. Vietnamese-style rice paper rolls and cold Asian salad bowls are prepared daily using the freshest ingredients. For a limited time only, you can get any two rice paper rolls and a Fuze flavoured tea for just $9. Bam Boo Haus is located within Main Course. For more information, click here.
Hacky Hour at UQ
UQ St Lucia features an informal Hacky Hour at an on-campus cafe each Tuesday from 3–4pm. Hacky Hour is an opportunity for UQ staff and students to get help from computing experts with any computing-related research problems they have. UQ staff and students are also welcome to join the Hacky Hour to network or share their computing knowledge. Follow Hacky Hour on Twitter (@HackyHourStLuc) to check which cafe the group will be at each Tuesday. The next Hacky Hour is Tuesday 26 July from 3–4pm at NanoCafe. For more information, click here or contact Belinda Weaver.
Special Virgin Australia leisure travel offer
UQ travellers and their travel companions can benefit from an exclusive offer for personal travel with Virgin Australia. Receive 10 per cent off Virgin Australia domestic, trans-Tasman, international short haul and international long haul flights. This offer is available in business, premium economy, flexi and saver fare classes. The offer does not apply to Virgin Australia sale fares. Book before Friday 30 September, for travel up to Saturday 31 December. A 20-day advance purchase period applies. To book, visit the Virgin Australia website and enter promo code GVW23. For more information, contact Katrina Green on ext. 51356.
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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eLearning solutions service
The eLearning Solutions Service helps staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems, using centrally supported eLearning tools. Course coordinators can nominate to receive individual training on selecting and configuring an eLearning tool, followed by support to implement and launch the teaching and learning activity. For more information and to register refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.
ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2016. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.
Learn.UQ Basics – Thursday 11 August, St Lucia
Turnitin – Friday 12 August, St Lucia
Checkbox Survey Tool – Wednesday 17 August, St Lucia
Video Production – Thursday 25 August, St Lucia
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:
Neuroimaging of cognitive processes
Healthy volunteers aged 18–35 are sought for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of cognitive processes in the brain at St Lucia. The study will involve completing a behavioural task while inside an MRI scanner. Volunteers must have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, must not be colour blind and must not be taking psychiatric medications. Participation in this study consists of one 90 minute session, with $30 reimbursement. Details: Kristina Horne.
Have you recently suffered back pain?
If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Be part of a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back, again and again. If you are aged 18–50 and have hurt your back pain in the last week you may be eligible. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's abilities to make choices about rewards
Children between the ages of four years four months and four years eight months are sought for a study on how children make choices about rewards. Children will play various games where they choose between different types of rewards (such as stickers). Some games will require that children make a decision about how many stickers they receive. If they wish to receive more stickers they must wait until the end, however if they wish to receive stickers immediately they will receive fewer. The study will involve a single 30-minute session at the ECDC labs and children will receive, in addition to their stickers, a certificate and small prize. Details: click here or contact Brooke Musgrove.
Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?
Healthy office workers aged 18+ with no prior experience of using a stand-up desk are sought to participate in a study evaluating the health effects of using a sit-stand workstation. Eligible participants will receive a standing workstation and possible allocation to an exercise program for four weeks. An activity monitor will also be worn to measure physical activity. Details: Alyssa Welch.
Soccer players with hip/groin pain
Volunteers aged 18–50 are invited to participate in a study investigating hip pain in soccer players. To be eligible you must be a current soccer player, suffering from hip/groin pain of at least six months duration. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake a three-hour physical testing session at the St Lucia campus as well as complete online questionnaires and undertake an MRI and X-rays of their hips. The radiological imaging will be performed at no cost and all participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 Coles-Myer gift voucher. Details: click here or contact Peter Lawrenson.
Seeking volunteers aged 65+
Volunteers aged 65+ in reasonable health are sought for this study investigating the effect of ageing on brain plasticity, i.e. the ability of the brain to undergo change. The study will include two sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each at St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic) and the recording of brain activity (EEG). All procedures are non-painful. Participants will be reimbursed $10/hour, and parking can be organised. Details: Dr Claire Bradley.
Childhood brain development and memory
Healthy 10–12 year olds are sought for an MRI study about early brain development and memory. The experiment takes two hours, consisting of 30 minutes pre-MRI set-up and task familiarisation, a 50-minute MRI scan where the children will play three different memory games, and a 20-minute post-MRI questionnaire. All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and will be reimbursed $30 for travel to St Lucia. Details: click here or contact Sam Fynes-Clinton.
Language and meaning in the brain
Native English speakers are sought for a study investigating the neural networks that underpin the representation of meaning in the human brain. Participants must have learned English as their first language before the age of four, and acquired any other language after this age. The experiment will take 1.5 hours and involve an MRI. Participants may be precluded if they have taken part in the researchers' previous fMRI experiment on word and gesture production. Participants will be reimbursed with $60. Details: click here or contact Sam Fynes-Clinton.
Free tai chi for type 1 diabetes
The School of Medicine is seeking people who have type 1 diabetes who are aged 18–70, with HbA1c of 7.5–10 per cent on stable insulin therapy, and live in the Brisbane area. Eligible participants will attend a free, specially tailored tai chi course for type 1 diabetes on a weekend. Details: email@example.com (3443 7483).
Empathy in infants
Parents with infants aged 6–12 months are invited to participate in a study exploring the development of empathy in infants. The study involves infants watching videos of other infants with their caregivers, and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Infants will receive a small gift and certificate for their participation. The study will take place at St Lucia and free parking will be provided. Details: Evena Wong.
Energy metabolism research
Researchers are seeking healthy participants aged 18+ with a BMI ≥ 30kg/m2. You can calculate your BMI here. The aim of this study is to investigate whether people with different BMI ranges have different chemical profiles in blood and urine. Participation takes place at QML Pathology, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba, and includes a lifestyle questionnaire and donation of 10mL of blood and 50mL of urine. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles giftcard. Details: Helen Won.
How does attention affect the processing of another’s emotions?
Researchers from School of Psychology are looking for healthy Caucasian volunteers aged 18–45 years to participate in a brain-imaging study on emotions. Participants must have no diagnosis of psychological/psychiatric issues. This two-session study is conducted on St Lucia campus and the first session includes completing questionnaires for approximately 30 minutes. The second session will involve watching videos while your brain activity is recorded by an MRI scanner for one hour plus one hour for preparation and debriefing. Participants will be reimbursed $50 once they complete both sessions and will receive a copy of brain images if requested. Details: Ms Yuan Cao.
Free exercise training
Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: Click here or contact Trishan Gajanand.
HIV testing experiences and preferences
Researchers are seeking gay, bisexual or trans men, or other men who have sex with men, aged 18+ and living in Queensland, to participate in a T2TQ study exploring the experiences of people testing for HIV in Queensland. Complete our online anonymous survey and/or join a two-hour group discussion in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton or Cairns where participants will be reimbursed with a $50 gift card. Details: Kate Bath (3346 5244).
How do we respond to emotion and social cues across the life span?
Healthy older adults aged 65–80 who are right handed are sought for a study investigating emotion recognition ability in ageing. The research involves identifying emotional expressions from faces and doing a couple of easy background measures. Testing will take two hours to complete at St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and travel costs. Details: Charlotte Arnold.
Rheumatoid arthritis research: understanding the family link
Researchers are seeking individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), individuals with a family history of RA and healthy controls for a study. The study hopes to identify the relation between RA, genetics and other factors influencing the onset of the disease. The research is led by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org (3443 6992).
Healthy volunteers aged 18–65 years are sought for a study investigating structural and functional brain networks using EEG and MRI. This study involves two parts that are held on different days at the St Lucia campus. The first part is an EEG experiment, which will take 1.5 hours. The second part is an MRI study, and will take one hour. Volunteers will be sent a pre-screening questionnaire to determine their eligibility for the study, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Volunteers will be reimbursed $30. Details: Lena Oestreich.
Free examination and x-ray of your ankle
Adults with a suspected or known diagnosis of ankle osteoarthritis are sought for a laboratory study that will assess muscle strength, joint movement, sensation, balance and walking in people with ankle osteoarthritis. Testing will occur at the St Lucia campus and will take approximately five hours over one or two sessions. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher and a free x-ray of you ankle from a local radiology clinic. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi.
Low Back pain? Earn a free fitbit.
Adults 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 participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits.
People with low back pain needed for brain and back pain study
Volunteers aged 18–65 years with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at St Lucia Therapies Building 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.
How does depression affect the processing of another's emotions?
Researchers from School of Psychology are looking for volunteers aged 18–45 who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and have ongoing symptoms to participate in a brain-imaging study on emotions. This two-session study is conducted on the St Lucia campus, with the first session being an interview (one hour), and the second session involving watching videos while your brain activity is recorded by the MRI scanner (one hour inside scanner, and one hour for preparation and debriefing). Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour, and given a copy of images from their brain scan. Details: Yuan Cao
Lactoferrin and gut microbiome study
Healthy male volunteers aged 18–65 are sought to trial a nutritional supplement containing lactoferrin for 10 weeks during July–August. The research involves a dietary interview, questionnaires, and sample collection for blood and gut microbiome analysis at several time points. Participants will receive free analyses of their gut microbiome and immune system markers, refreshments, and feedback on study results. Details: Dr Olivia Wright.
Healthy adults aged 60–90 are sought for a memory experiment at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. The study involves a 35-minute MRI scan and a short pen-and-pencil session, and assesses how the brain functions when one retrieves his/her personal memories. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Dr Hana Burianova.
Simultaneous brain imaging and stimulation study
Right-handed participants aged 18–35 are sought for a simultaneous brain imaging and stimulation study. The study involves two fMRI and brain stimulation (tDCS) sessions at least two days apart. Participants will be reimbursed $50 and will receive an optional picture of their brain after the second session. Study will take place at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. Details: Oyetunde Gbadeyan.
Receive the benefits of exercise without exercising
Volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes and an interest in improving overall health and fitness, and managing blood sugar levels without exercising, are invited to participate in an exercise mimetic study. Participants will receive free sessions in which they will gain the benefits of exercise while relaxing on a bed designed to simulate the effects of exercise. Participants will be provided with free tests of functional capacity and vascular function, and free parking will be provided. Details: click here or contact Suzanna Russel or Kylie Squelch.
Mobile teledermoscopy for early detection of melanoma
UQ researchers are partnering with QUT to research patient-performed mobile teledermoscopy. Participants aged 18+ are sought to review, help improve, and evaluate the use of a mobile teledermoscopy app. Participants can take part in either an online survey, telephone interview, or focus group. Focus group participants receive a $20 Coles Myer gift voucher. Participants who complete the telephone interview or online survey go into the draw to win one of five $20 Coles Myer gift vouchers. Details: download the recruitment flyer, view the online survey, or email Professor H Peter Soyer.
Enjoy food scents or personal perfumes?
Non-smokers aged 18–39, who enjoy experiencing food aromas and personal perfumes are sought for this research. Volunteers must be available to participate in a 30–40 minute session some time in August or September from 8am–5pm. The session involves smelling four scents and recording responses in an online survey. Participants will be rewarded with a $10 UQU food voucher. Sessions will be held in the Food Sensory Facility, Room N404, Hartley Teakle Building, St Lucia. Details: Usha Pappu.
Neck pain and brain changes
Adults aged 18–55 years who are suffering from neck pain are sought to investigate how neck pain changes the brain. The study involves attendance at one three-hour session using EMG electrodes on neck muscles and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to map the representation of your neck muscles in the brain. Participants will receive reimbursement for their time and travel at the end of EMG data collection. Details: Edith Elgueta.
How do your muscles and tendons respond to exercise?
Researchers are seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–45 who do not engage in regular resistance exercise for a study examining the effects of maximal eccentric exercise on muscle and tendon behaviour. Participants must not have any history of injury to the lower limb or back. Participation includes two experimental sessions separated by 48 hours (three hours total) consisting of questionnaires, two blood samples, EMG recording, ultrasound of your quadriceps muscle and patellar tendon, and a single bout of maximal eccentric exercise of one leg. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift card upon completion of both sessions. Details: Rohitha Badya.
Have your leg strength and balance tested
Volunteers aged 18–40, with no history of lower limb injury, are sought for a study to test leg muscle strength and balance. Testing will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted in the Therapies Building. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj.
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