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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 20 February 2017


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Who will you nominate?

The 2017 UQ Awards for Excellence nomination period will be closing on Friday 3 March, so there are only two weeks remaining to nominate your colleagues for their outstanding contributions. This is a valuable way to honour your colleagues, who will be invited to attend a prestigious Award Ceremony held to celebrate all nominees. 

Award recipients will receive an Award Prize, up to the value of $5000 for individuals, and up to $20,000 for teams (dependent on team compositions). You are encouraged to consider nominating individuals or teams who have achieved excellence and whose passionate commitment and hard work underpin UQ's continued success.

For further information, please visit the UQ Awards for Excellence website.










Academic Board elections

In accordance with the timetable approved by the President of the Academic Board on Monday 24 October 2016, nominations are now being called for the supplementary election to the Academic Board for 2017–2019 of:

  • one professor (professorial member)
  • one member of the non-professorial teaching or research staff (for 2017 ONLY).

Please note that non-professorial teaching or research staff candidates must be employed under a contract with a term of employment of 12 months or more, requiring at least 18 hours of work each week at level A or above.

The official nomination form must be used and can be downloaded from the Academic Board website. Nominations close on Wednesday 22 February at 4pm. For more information, contact Tina Ferguson on ext. 53360 or at uqelections@uq.edu.au.

Clean Up Australia Day

Join us for Clean Up Australia Day for a great opportunity to make a positive difference in your local community and the environment. The Centre for Marine Science and UQ Sustainability Office invite UQ students and staff to get involved in this event by helping clear rubbish and plant trees along the riverbank on the St Lucia campus. This event will take place on Tuesday 28 February from 8–11.30am and will meet at the corner of Sir William MacGregor Drive and College Road. Registration is required. For more information and to register, click here or contact Tamara Homburg or Christine McCallum.

Simplifying expense management across UQ

The University has commenced work on preparing for a new online expense management system, making it easier and quicker for staff to reconcile corporate credit card transactions and claim expenses. This system implementation is part of the second phase of the Travel and Expense Management Improvement Initiative, which is designed to simplify expense management processes, empower staff with independence and supporting tools, provide timely financial insights and drive organisational efficiency. For information on this initiative, please refer to the Travel and Expense Management Project webpage. Further information, including training and online resources, will be published as they become available. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact FBS Client Support Services.

UQ Teaching and Learning Awards

Expressions of interest for the UQ Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE), Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL) are now open. To find out more about the awards and the expression of interest process, register to attend the Applying for a UQ Teaching and Learning Award information session on Thursday 9 March from 24pm. More information, such as application guidelines, mandatory templates and important dates for Teaching and Learning Awards, are available on the ITaLI website. Expressions of interest close on Friday 21 April. Please direct all queries to teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

Volunteer roles in Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games currently has a variety of volunteering roles advertised, ranging from operations, customer service and hospitality to event ushering and media support. Volunteering is a great way for students to complement their on-campus learning experience while building networks and further developing their employability. UQ staff are encouraged to promote this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to students. Taking the free EMPLOY101x "Unlocking your employability" online course in partnership with volunteering will also give students the opportunity to reflect on their volunteering in order to enhance their employability. For more information, visit the Gold Coast 2018 website.

my.UQ for current students

The my.UQ Manage my program website for current students is now live. The site contains information for current students on enrolment, assessment and examinations, academic progress, financial advice and University policy and procedures. Information previously available on the myAdvisor website has been replaced by the my.UQ site, with redirections from myAdvisor in place until such time as myAdvisor is decommissioned. For more information, visit the my.UQ website or contact Teresa Charlton.

UQ Jobs panel review upgrade

The Panel Review functionality in UQ Jobs will be upgraded on Thursday 23 February. The Panel screens have a new layout, with simplified navigation through the applicants. New user guides will be available on the UQ Jobs Recruiter docs and updates page after implementation of the upgrade. For more information please contact hrsystems@uq.edu.au.

Orientation Market Day road closures

Please be advised that due to Semester 1 Orientation Market Day activities on Tuesday 21Wednesday 22 February, the following road closures will be in place:

  • University Drive – Tuesday 21 February at 1am to Wednesday 22 February at 9pm
  • Library Laneway – Tuesday 21 February at 1am to Wednesday 22 February at 9pm
  • Great Court ramp via Chancellor's Place – Wednesday 22 February at 1am3pm
  • Campbell Road from the intersection of Blair Drive – Wednesday 22 February at 1am9pm.

Disabled and special needs parking will be available upon request at the top of Campbell Road at the closure point, and security officers will be available onsite for assistance. Deliveries to University Drive and Campbell Road on Wednesday 22 February will be redirected to alternative loading zones. A map of all affected areas can be found here. For any concerns contact Jessica Roessler at orientation@uq.edu.au.

Global Change Scholars Program applications

Hosted by the UQ Global Change Institute in partnership with the UQ Graduate School, the Global Change Scholars Program is a new initiative to train future research leaders. The program provides a unique experience for students from across UQ faculties and institutes. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a $5000 award to support activities related to their PhD studies. Expressions of interest close on Tuesday 28 February at 5pm. For more information, click here or contact Lee Wilson on ext. 33155.

Applications for the Graduate Teaching Assistants program

The Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) program is currently accepting applications from PhD or recent postdoc students currently tutoring at UQ. GTA is designed to foster the next generation of great teachers. The program focuses on developing skills such as motivating and engaging with students, managing group dynamics, giving and receiving feedback, and designing assessment and evaluation. Applications close on Monday 6 March at 9am. For more information and to apply, click here or contact Amy Chow.

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Nutrition for optimal health seminar

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) QLD and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) will host a seminar, with speakers Professor Mike Gidley and Dr Tim O'Hare presenting the "Nutrition for optimal health seminar". A networking wine and cheese session will follow. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 22 February from 6.30–8.30pm at the Queensland Biosciences Precinct, Level 3 large seminar room. Registration is essential. Ticket prices are $55 for non-AIFST members, $33 for AIFST members and $16.50 for students. For more information and to register, click here.

Centre for Marine Science TalkFest

All are invited to attend the Centre for Marine Science's seventh TalkFest. TalkFest is held biannually, and aims to bring together marine scientists from UQ and their collaborators to share current research. The speakers at this month's TalkFest will explore topics from shark reproduction to fish parasites and marine zone enforcement. This event will be held on Friday 24 February from 10.30am–2.30pm in Room 360, Physiology Lecture Theatres (building 63). Morning tea and catered lunch will be provided so please indicate attendance and dietary requirements with your online RSVP. A poster session will held during lunch. If you have a poster to present or any event enquiries, contact Sheridan Rabbitt.

Innovating in complex eco-systems: the case of pharmaceuticals

UQ Business School invites you to a public lecture where Emeritus Professor Deborah Dougherty explores the topic of pharmaceuticals and how people can take advantage of emerging knowledge for innovation. Developing new drugs for serious illnesses such as Alzheimer's, cancer and PTSD requires innovating across a complex ecosystem, where knowledge for innovation emerges unpredictably. Innovators must take advantage of emergence by grabbing up fragmented, dispersed and noisy information. Following the presentation will be an opportunity to network. This lecture will be held on Wednesday 1 March from 5.157.30pm at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. For more information and to register, click here or contact the UQ Business School Events Team.

EndoWhat? Unravelling the mystery behind endometriosis

One in ten women suffers from endometriosis – a common, yet poorly understood, disease. What causes it, and is it inherited? Why does it take seven to ten years before most women are diagnosed? Experts and advocates will answer these questions and more at this community event on Thursday 2 March from 5.15pm at the State Library of Queensland. Register now. For more information contact Katrina Garner-Moore on ext. 62110 or email imbevents@uq.edu.au.

CRE in Telehealth forum

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) welcomes all to attend a forum held by Professor Jeanine Young of the University of Sunshine Coast as she presents her experience using telehealth strategies to introduce the Pēpi-Pod® Program to Queensland. "Innovation moving Advice to Action: uniting cultural practices and safe sleep environments for vulnerable Indigenous Australian infants" will explore how the Pēpi-Pod® team is engaging with communities using online education tools and telehealth strategies to support maternal and child health teams. This forum will be held on Friday 3 March from 11am12pm at the Translational Research Institute, room 2007, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Video conference is available for those unable to attend. For more information, click here or contact Dominique Bird at 3176 6934.

Reflexive leadership

UQ Business School invites all to a public lecture held by Professor Mats Alvesson, who will discuss the topic of reflexive leadership. Leadership is typically seen as vital and sometimes used as a remedy for all problems in organisations. But few managers can live up to all the hype and exaggerated expectations now in vogue. Often managers buying into ideas of great leadership encounter a clash between ideals and practice. This lecture offers a model for clever thinking about organisations and reflexive leadership. This lecture will be held on Monday 3 March from 5.15–7.30pm at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to network. For more information and to register, click here or contact the UQ Business School Events Team.

The stupidity paradox: the pitfalls of functional stupidity at work

UQ Business School invites all to a public lecture held by Professor Mats Alvesson to discuss the pros and cons of functional stupidity in organisations. Functional stupidity in the workplace is best described as when smart people are discouraged from thinking and reflecting. This can be catastrophic, cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. Yet a dose of stupidity can produce good short-term results: it can nurture harmony and drive success. This is the stupidity paradox. This lecture will be held on Thursday 16 March from 5.15–7.30pm at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to network. For more information and to register, click here or contact the UQ Business School Events Team.

TTS Australia 2017

TTS Australia is the premier global meeting of technology transfer. The summit will address best practices and key issues such as negotiations, strategic industry research collaborations, IP and commercial negotiation. Connect with industry representatives seeking to fill pipelines and access an ideal source of deal-flow from leading universities and research institutes across Australia. This event will be held between Thursday 27–Friday 28 April at Customs House, Brisbane. Registration is required. The Early bird discount closes Friday 24 February. For more information and to register, click here or contact events@ausbiotech.org.


Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Role of EphA4 in regulating adult hippocampal neurogenesis and motor neuron disease (22.02.2017) 

Global Leadership Series: is health care a luxury? (23.02.2017)


More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles that mention UQ. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

  2. If you are a Marketing or Communications staff member, you may be able to arrange access to the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Explore the campus with the UQ Sustainability Walk

If you're looking to explore campus, the UQ Sustainability Walk showcases more than 30 destinations featuring some of the sustainability initiatives at UQ as well as cutting edge research works. A wander around the St Lucia lakes area highlights the beautiful grounds abundant with native birds, animals and aquatic species. The walk is flexible, so you can choose your own path to link destinations or visit the sites of interest. Destination markers and signage interpret the local features. Download the map and find out more information on the UQ Sustainability website.

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Food trucks at UQ

UQ has engaged food trucks for O-Week and Week 1 of Semester 1. Trucks are operating at St Lucia until Friday 3 March across four locations: Mansfield Place, the Great Court, Duhig Tower Lawn and the Lakes Walkway Promenade. From 10am–4pm, the trucks will be selling sweet treats, including crepes and ice-creams. From 5–10pm, the focus switches from sweet to savoury, with banh mi, burgers, hot dogs, mac 'n cheese and rice bowls on offer.

A special food truck event, “O-Week Eats”, where nine food vendors will come together from 4–8pm to provide a delicious and diverse array of culinary excitement, will take place on Friday 24 February on the Forgan Smith Lawn. The food trucks are funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee and provide subsidised prices for UQ students. Non-students are welcome to purchase food from the trucks, but will pay full price. For more information about the food truck initiative, contact the P&F Property team or follow the UQ Food Instagram account.

Indian Malayalam Film Screening

Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (When The Grapevines Sprout) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam domestic drama film directed by Jibu Jacob and written by M Sindhuraj, loosely based on the Malayalam short story Pranayopanishath by VJ James. The film stars Mohanlal and Meena respectively as Panchayat secretary Ulahannan and his wife Annyamma. The screening is on Saturday 25 February from 7.30pm at Schonell Theatre. This film is a Malayalam language film with no subtitles included. For more information and to book tickets, click here or contact Rijesh on 0431 272 252 or Sanal on 0432 418 802.

HMNS Personal Training Service 2017

Currently inactive individuals looking to improve their general health and fitness are invited to be a part of the annual Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Personal Training Service. The service is run by third-year undergraduates from March–May. The service has a very reasonable cost, which covers access to 10 one-on-one personal training sessions, plus the option for weekly group classes at an extra cost. If interested, click here for more details and fill in the survey at the bottom of the website.

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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UQ Idea Hub

UQ Idea Hub will hold workshops that selected students will be able to participate in, with access to experienced mentors, a network of local and global innovators to help to grow their idea into a solution that matters and access to a dedicated space in campus. Participants will have the opportunity to form and test their early-stage ideas for potential commercial opportunity and build networks with other students to start their entrepreneurial journey. Applications are open to undergraduates, postgraduates (including MBAs) and researchers. Applications close on Friday 3 March. The first intake of workshops commences on Wednesday 8 March. For more information and to apply, visit the Idea Hub website or contact Nimrod Klayman.

Optimising influence in negotiation – UQ staff discount available

Managers and team leaders are increasingly required to work cross-organisationally and cross-culturally. To be an effective and influential leader, you must act with self-awareness. This short course focuses on recognising and developing your individual negotiation style by considering your physiological and emotional responses. You will learn to plan and prepare a logical and structured approach to negotiation. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. The course will be held on Tuesday 7 March from 8am–5pm at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. For more information and to register, click here or contact the Client Services Team at ext. 67111.

Institute of Modern Languages courses

Enrolment for the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) courses are now open with discounts available. Enrol in two or more courses per person at once or bring a friend to receive a ten per cent discount, while UQ staff will be able to receive a five per cent discount. The Early Bird price for autumn short courses and other discounts are available until Monday 10 April. Semester 1 courses begin Monday 13 March and autumn classes begin Wednesday 26 April. For more information and to enrol, visit the IML website or contact the IML on ext. 68200.

Social Performance in Extractives Masterclass 2017

The Social Performance in Extractives masterclass, presented by Dr Chris Anderson, is a designed for anyone in the extractives industries interested in improving the social performance of their projects and operations. Participants will gain a better understanding of why so many extractive projects have major social and political problems, and how this costs the business. The masterclass will run between the Tuesday 28–Thursday 30 March at the Sustainable Minerals Institute. For more information and to register, click here or contact Michelle Rowland on ext. 64066.

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff that would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. To organise an appointment with an eLearning Advisor, follow the steps as outlined on the eLearning Solutions Service website.

eLearning workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2017. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Learn.UQ Grade Centre – Tuesday 21 February, St Lucia 

  • Learn.UQ Basics – Wednesday 22 February, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams – Thursday 23 February, St Lucia

  • Checkbox – Tuesday 28 February, St Lucia

  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix – Wednesday 1 March, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Basics – Tuesday 14 March, St Lucia

  • Turnitin – Wednesday 15 March, St Lucia

Staff development


MFSAS: statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

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Assist in Parkinson's disease research

Healthy individuals aged 5085 who are English native speakers are sought to assist in a study. Participants will be required to attend two two-hour sessions, which involve a questionnaire, interview and fMRI brain imaging. Participants will be reimbursed $50 per visit. The study will take place at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston. Details: click here or contact Julia Yang

Seeking volunteers with knee pain

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 1840, who have experienced pain around the front of their knee for at least six weeks, are sought for a research study. This study will investigate balance performance, and the immediate effects of different shoe inserts on balance. Participants will attend a single testing session that lasts for approximately two hours at UQ St Lucia. Questionnaires will be completed, as well as tests of foot and ankle mobility. Various balance tests will be performed under different shoe and insert conditions. Details: Dr Natalie Collins

Children's higher education

Parents based in Brisbane and interested in their child's higher education are sought to participate in a research study. In compensation you will be offered a movie and a meal voucher for you and your child. To be eligible to participate you must have a child in Year 11 or Year 12 in any school in Queensland, and your child must be willing to participate in the research study. Details: click here or contact Asma Quresh.

Healthy ageing and exercise

Researchers are seeking healthy volunteers aged 65–85 who are able to exercise on UQ gym equipment three times a week for six months to participate in the QBI's world-first clinical trial to determine the exact amount of exercise that can reverse the effects of ageing on the brain. The trial will monitor 300 people to determine the amount, intensity, and type of exercise which leads to cognitive improvement in the ageing. Details: healthybrains@uq.edu.au (3443 3209).

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 once-weekly 60-minute exercise sessions at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences’ gym for six consecutive weeks, plus a follow up appointment. The sessions will run on Wednesday or Thursday mornings in April and May with free parking available. Details: Kirsten Adlard or Kylie Squelch

Typically developing children sought for free language/literacy assessment

Researchers seek English-speaking children in grades 1, 2 and 3 with normal hearing and no diagnosed developmental disorders. Participants will attend two 'pen and paper' assessment sessions where they complete language and literacy tasks. During the third session, participants wear an EEG net that records brain activity. Research findings may inform our understanding of how children with hearing loss learn literacy compared with normally hearing children. Parents will receive a speech pathology report containing their child’s language and literacy results, which is valued at approximately $500. Details: Nicola Bell

Impact of tDCS on response selection

Researchers are seeking participants aged 55+ for a study to investigate the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, on response selection. The study involves the completion of a 30-minute visual detection task on two separate days. Participants will be required to attend UQ Centre For Clinical Research at RBWH, Herston. Reimbursement for travel expenses available. Details: Oyetunde Gbadeyan

New year, new you: free 12–week exercise program

Volunteers aged 18–60 years who are overweight and inactive are sought for an exercise training study investigating the effect of exercise time-of-day on weight loss. Eligible participants will receive a free 12-week supervised exercise program as well as health assessments including body composition analysis (DXA scans), fitness and metabolic testing (VO2 and RMR), diet and physical activity assessment, and cholesterol checks. Sessions will start in the new year, and will be held at the St Lucia campus; free parking will be provided. Details: click here or contact Paige Brooker

Do you have tennis elbow? Is it getting worse or not improving?

Volunteers aged 18–70 years with tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of the elbow) are sought to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tennis elbow. You would be required to attend the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at St Lucia for two sessions (three hours total), where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Participants will be recompensed reasonable expenses. Please complete this survey to check your eligibility to participate. Details: Viana Vuvan

People needed for balance study

Volunteers aged 60+ are invited to participate in a study investigating balance. Participation involves questionnaires and performing physical and balance tests. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake one testing session at UQ (St Lucia campus) and one testing session at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Details: Alexandra Picorelli

Have you sprained your ankle only once?

Female volunteers aged 18–40 years who have previously sprained their ankles are needed for a study investigating lower limb strength and balance. Testing will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 voucher. Details: n.khalaj@uq.edu.au

Volunteer for shadow coding needed

Volunteers are needed for assistance with shadow coding the transcripts of three virtual focus group interviews for data reliability. Volunteers with a background in applied linguistics TESOL are preferable but not essential. The participation will involve coding using Nvivo 11 and the process should take about two weeks. This is an opportunity for practice doing data analysis using a qualitative data analysis software.Training using the project's codebook and temporary access to Nvivo 11 will be provided. There is no reimbursement for participation. Details: Arizio Sweeting (0410 576 454)

Factors affecting parenting: sensory processing and attachment patterns

Researchers are looking for parents whose youngest child is 12 years or younger, with no intellectual or physical disabilities, to complete a one-off online questionnaire taking 15 minutes. The study is investigating how a parent’s relationship patterns and irritability to sensory information affects the way they interact and respond to their child’s behaviour. To complete the questionnaire click here. Details: Grace Branjerdporn

Is your child raised in a bilingual home?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking infants aged 15–19 months who have been raised in a bilingual home to participate in a study on the development of counting principles. The study takes place in the Psychology building and lasts about 15–30 minutes. During the session, guardians will not be separated from their child, and will receive a certificate and a small gift for participation at the end of the session. Details: Jonathan Redshaw

Healthy volunteers needed for foot muscle study

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

Older males needed: ageing and social perception

Researchers are seeking males aged 65+ to participate in a two-part study at St Lucia. Participation will primarily involve watching videos depicting different social interactions and making judgements. Participants will be compensated $30 per session, and free car parking can be arranged if required. Details: Sarah Grainger




Brain plasticity and oscillations in people 65+

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

Adolescents and young adults needed for cancer research

Researchers from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are seeking volunteers aged 1525 who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last 4–10 weeks. Volunteers are invited to participate in a 60-minute interview with Amy Wallis, the principal investigator and an experienced occupational therapist. Researchers are interested in young people's experiences of diagnosis and the impact of this on their daily roles and activities. All volunteers will receive a $20 iTunes gift voucher. Details: Amy Wallis

Interested in how the brain processes language?

Researchers are seeking participants aged 5060 who are right handed, speak English as a primary language, no history of neurological disease, mental illness, or head trauma and have no metals present in the body. Participation will involve a brain scanning (fMRI) session at the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Participants will be required to complete a language task while in the scanner. The scanning session will last approximately one hour. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and effort. Details: contact Natasha Simons or Caitlin Fraser (3346 6110).

How sharp are your senses?

Pain-free volunteers aged 35–50 are needed to attend a one-hour sensory testing session that evaluates nervous system function in response to thermal and mechanical stimuli. Testing will take place in the Therapies Building (84a) at UQ St Lucia. Details: fill in a short screening survey or contact Liam Maclachlan

Working memory EEG study

Seeking volunteers aged 18+ with normal colour vision (no glasses, no contact lenses). Researchers are investigating how information is stored in visual short-term memory. Participants will complete a visual memory task on a computer display while we record electroencephalography (EEG), which measures the electrical activity of the brain via electrodes in a cap worn on the head. The study will also track participants' gaze using an infrared eye-tracker. The experiment lasts 1.5 hours and takes place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $30. Details: Genevieve Kieseker

Injury impact study

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

Quick supplement survey

Researchers are seeking healthy volunteers aged 16+ with 3–10 minutes to participate in an online survey regarding supplement use. Participants will have the chance to win one of four $20 vouchers. This study is part of a larger program of research aimed to ensure the safest and most effective use of supplements in exercise and sport. Details: click here or contact Nicholas McMahon

An EEG investigation of visuomotor behaviour

Volunteers aged 18–30 are sought to take part in a study investigating visuomotor behaviour through EEG. The study will take place in the Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Building (26B) over the next month. An entire session will take up to two hours including preparation. Participants will receive compensation of $30 upon completing the entire session. Details: Tess Stevenson

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

If you are experiencing low mood, nervousness or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships, then the free program, Groups 4 Health, which is being run by the School of Psychology, might be for you. The 1–5 hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships. In the workshops, participants will learn why groups are good for health, discover and map their own social network, develop strategies for making better use of social connections, and learn how to build new connections. Groups commence in February at St Lucia. Details: info@groups4health.com

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 

Recently sprained an ankle?

Volunteers aged 18–35 who have sprained their ankle in the last four weeks are needed to participate in a study. Participation involves walking on a treadmill, stepping from a step and squatting. The study will take approximately two hours. Details: Jennifer Atkins

Enhancing community knowledge and engagement with law at the end of life

Researchers are seeking adult patients with terminal cancer who are involved in their own medical decision-making, as well as adult family members of an adult with terminal cancer who have witnessed or been involved in medical decision-making. This study aims to improve understanding of medical decision-making practices of people with cancer and their family, and what support would help with making decisions. Participation involves completing a face-to-face, telephone or Skype interview (for about an hour), at a convenient time and location. Details: click here or contact Jill Wilson (3365 1254) or Rachel Feeney (3365 2505).

Motor training and brain plasticity

Seeking right-handed volunteers aged 18–35 to take part in a study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5 to 3 hours each, at the St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic), motor training of the right hand and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

Driver training study

Australian drivers' licence holders (Learners and Provisional Licenses inclusive) aged 18–24 are sought for a study designed to help drivers be safer on the roads. The study involves a 60-minute session at UQ where participants will complete a series of video-based training tasks, then followed by a short questionnaire. Participants will be reimbursed $20. Details: Genevieve Kieseker

Textured shoe insoles for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Volunteers with Multiple Sclerosis aged 18+ are sought to participate in a trial investigating the effects of wearing textured shoe insoles for improving standing balance, walking and foot sensation. Participants will be required to wear a pair of shoe insoles for three months, and attend three testing sessions at QUT Kelvin Grove, where they will complete a series of questionnaires and assessments of balance, walking and foot sensation. All volunteers will also undergo a clinical examination with a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist. Complimentary return taxi fares or car parking will be provided. Details: Dr Anna Hatton

Memory and ageing

Volunteers aged 65–85 are sought to participate in an experiment beginning in mid-January 2017, which is about memory and ageing. Participation involves responding to a computer-based spatial memory task, while inside a fMRI machine. One session will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete, and participants will be reimbursed for their time. The study will take place in the Centre of Advanced Imaging at the UQ St Lucia campus. Get in touch to determine whether you are fMRI eligible, and to arrange a session time. Details: Aya Uchida


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