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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 17 October 2016


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Scholarships to support increased leadership and management capacity across Australia’s Higher Education Sector

UQ staff are eligible to apply for $3000 scholarships to assist University staff to participate in the Australian Higher Education Sector Leadership Colloquium. Colloquium participants will experience world standard leadership development sympathetic to the unique needs of today’s educational leaders.

For more information, and to view the program prospectus, click here. Those interested in applying should email Nick Williams with their name, organisation, position, title, telephone and email.









UQ Walking Tour app

The UQ Walking Tour app has launched on the iTunes and Google Play stores. The walking tour app currently has three tours available, the St Lucia Campus, UQ Sport Facilities and Sustainability Walk.

The app provides the opportunity to take a self paced tour around the UQ facilities. There is no start and finish point for the tour, you can open the app where ever you are on campus and see which locations or “stops” are close by. The app uses GPS to give walking directions to stops from your current location.

If staff would like to discuss the possibility of creating a new tour to add to the UQ Walking Tour, contact James North.

Safe Work Month

October is Safe Work Month and the UQ Wellness Program is encouraging staff to take part in a range of events and clinics at UQ and around Brisbane. About 17 Queenslanders die from workplace accidents each year, and more than 5000 suffer permanent injury. Safe Work Month is the time to remind people how they can make workplaces safer. Events and clinics available at UQ campuses include BUPA Functional Movement Assessment Clinics, Safety Leadership, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Appreciative Inquiry to Enhance Resilience. Click here for the full calendar of events and to register. For more information, contact Vicki McNabb at ext. 51516.

Take a look: Teaching and Learning Week 2016

Do you know what the Library can do to help you and your students? Are you interested in EAIT's Learning Pathway Tool or SMI's student-centred postgraduate program? Want to know how AIBN's technology is leading to better outcomes in health, manufacturing, energy and sustainability? Learn about these programs and more by participating in the exciting range of faculty and institute events happening across Teaching and Learning Week (Monday 31 October–Friday 4 November). For more information on the full program of events, click here or email Zarese Kisielewski or phone ext. 56211.

Would you like to nominate someone for an honorary award?

All staff and students are invited to submit a nomination for one of the following honorary awards: Honorary Doctorates, UQ Fellowships, or Distinguished Service Medals. To download the Honorary Awards Nomination Form, click here. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 30 November. For more information, contact John Montgomery or at ext. 51975.

Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) and Catchment Forum

The Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) and Catchment Forum 2016 will be held from Tuesday 1–Thursday 3 November from 9am8pm. Hear the latest information about the status and trends of the Bay and catchment, and have your say about the future of our Moreton Bay region. Present a lightning talk or poster relevant to one of our ten research clusters for your chance to share your own work about Moreton Bay and its catchment. The forum will be in room 206, Steele Building. For more information or to register, click here or email info@mbqc2016.org.

GPEM Photography Competition celebrates World Habitat Day

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) is holding a photography competition in conjunction with the United Nations' World Habitat Day 2016. World Habitat Day aims to increase collective awareness of the human habitat and encourage greater responsibility for its sustainable future. This year's theme is "Housing at the Centre". The photo competition is open to all staff, students, alumni and the general public. Entries are now open and will close Monday 24 October at 12pm. For more information and to submit entries, click here or email gpem-habitat-day@uq.edu.au.

St Lucia Campus Master Plan 2016: Key Directions Paper feedback required

The St Lucia Campus Master Plan will provide the strategic framework for future development of the University’s main campus. The first milestone in developing the revised master plan is a Key Directions Paper (KDP) which documents issues for consideration, and outlines a long-term vision for the campus. To review the KDP documents, please visit the website and provide your feedback by Friday 28 October. Your feedback on the directions, issues and opportunities identified in the KDP will help shape the development of the Draft Master Plan and the future direction of the campus. For more information, please contact Tim Sweeney.

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QAAFI Seminar

Dr Andreas Stahl from the Department of Plant Breeding, IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition, Justus Liebig University, Geissen, is presenting a seminar on the improvement of nitrogen use efficiency in European winter oilseed rape. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 18 October from 12–1pm at the Large Seminar Room in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct Building. For more information, click here.

Inaugural Diversity Lecture

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP will be presenting the Inaugural Diversity Lecture. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A discussion with panellists The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business; Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO, Chairman of the QBI Advisory Board; Professor Cindy Shannon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), UQ and Professor Iain Watson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), UQ. RSVP is required. This lecture will be held on Tuesday 18 October from 4.45–6.45 at the Queensland Brain Institute auditorium. For more information and to RSVP, click here or email qbievents@uq.edu.au.

GCI Food Security Seminar: migrant labour in Malaysian oil palm

Sunny Sanderson will lead a seminar on the social and environmental impacts of the Malaysian oil palm industry. In this seminar she will focus on the experience of Indonesian migrant labourers in Sarawak. All are welcome to attend. This seminar will be held on Thursday 20 October from 1–2pm at Room 275, Global Change Institute, St Lucia. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.

CAI Annual Symposium co-hosted with Singapore Bioimaging Consortium

The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) is co-hosting the 3rd Annual Symposium with the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) from Wednesday 19–Thursday 20 October. The CAI provides a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment for its researchers and industry partners who investigate areas as diverse as epilepsy, prostate cancer and language development using state-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopy equipment and SBIC uses advanced bioimaging tools to investigate human diseases. This symposium brings together researchers in imaging and spectroscopy, providing a vibrant platform for discussion and networking. Registration is required and attendance costs $75. For more information or to register, click here or contact Nina Moore.

Public Seminar: Tropical Cyclone Response to Climate Change

Chelsea Parker, from the U.S. Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, will lead a public seminar to discuss her research "The Response of Tropical Cyclone Characteristics to Projected Climate Change in NE Australia through WRF Simulations and Pseudo Global Warming Technique". Ms Parker’s study employs a numerical modelling approach to diagnose the response of tropical cyclone characteristics and associated coral reef damage potential in the context of projected climate change in Northeast Australia. Registration is not required. The seminar will be held on Friday 21 October from 9–10am in room 505A, Axon Building, St Lucia. For more information, click here or contact RCC.

HMNS Seminar

Dr Nicola Burton from Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences will discuss a brief behavioural counselling intervention being used in a NHMRC-funded multi-centre trial to promote walking in people with PAD. Given the high prevalence and burden, and the large expense and limited durability of surgical interventions, there is a need to identify effective, affordable and sustainable management options for people with PAD. Exercise is a key recommendation, and can provide significant improvements in symptoms and PAD-related outcomes. This event will be held on Friday 21 October from 12–1pm at room 219, Building 26B, St Lucia. For more information, contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

IMB Seminar Series: Controlling light to understand and drive nanoscale processes

Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, will provide insight into research within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics. Professor Monro has received numerous awards including the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, the Bragg Gold Medal (Best Physics PhD in Australia) and South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”. The seminar will be held on Monday 24 October from 12–1pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct auditorium, St Lucia. For more information, click here or contact Paul Alewood.


UQ's OHS Division and the QLD Young Safety Professionals (YSP) Network invite staff, students and members of the public to attend a Safe Work Month event, YSPspeak. The event will showcase passionate, inspiring YSP speakers on a diverse range of issues. Registration is required. This event will be held on Tuesday 25 October from 4.30–7pm at the GHD Auditorium in the Advanced Engineering Building. For more information and to register, click here or contact Naomi Kemp.

FlashPoint: insights into candidates and key issues in the US Election2016

Associate Professor Jacinta O'Hagan will host and mediate a public panel of experts to discuss the insights into the candidates and key issues in the upcoming US election 2016. The panel of experts includes Associate Professor Andrew Phillips, Associate Professor Sarah Percy, Professor Chris Reus-Smit and the Honourable Ben Franklin MLC (NSW). Following the panel discussion you are invited to meet the coordinators from the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs and enjoy further political conversation over wine and cheese. Registration is required. The event will be held on Wednesday 26 October from 5.30–7.30pm at Level 29, 10 Eagle Street, Brisbane. For more information and to register, click here or contact Diana McCluskey.

Will clean energy kill coal? What is happening around the world

Director Brad Hopkins, KPMG, will discuss the global technology, market and investment trends driving the pace of the transition to clean energy and what this might do to the coal sector. The global energy markets are in a period of significant and unprecedented change. This seminar will focus on market and investment trends rather than on the lively political and ethical debates around the role of coal as an energy source. Registration is required. This seminar will be held on Wednesday 26 October from 12–1pm at the Global Change Institute, St Lucia. For more information and to register, click here or contact Krystle Henry.

2016 Merson Lecture

Professor Terrence Sejnowski will hold a lecture about Deep Learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is inspired by the hierarchy of cortical areas in our visual system. It has transformed speech recognition, picture captioning and many other difficult problems such as playing board games like Go. This lecture will explore the background that led up to these advances and the challenges that lie ahead in achieving intelligent behaviour. Following the lecture will be a cocktail party. Registration is required. This lecture will be held on Wednesday 26 October from 5–7.15pm at the Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia. For more information and to register, click here or email qbievents@uq.edu.au.

UQ Creative Challenge finals

All UQ staff, students, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the finals of the UQ Creative Challenge on Friday 28 October from 3–4.30pm at the UQ Art Museum. This new initiative is designed to involve students in the inception and creation of public works of art through a competition. On the night, the two finalists will present their final artwork proposal, which represents an idea that has changed their world. The event will be followed by a catered networking session, giving attendees the chance to browse the wonderful artwork on show at the UQ Art Museum. Registration is required. To register click here. For more information, click here or contact the UQ Advantage Office Student Engagement Team.

ReefBlitz, citizen science in Queensland

CoralWatch is a citizen science program at UQ and is participating in ReefBlitz 2016. ReefBlitz engages people power to capture the biggest ever snapshot of the Great Barrier Reef health and life powered by citizen science from Saturday 1–Monday 31 October. More than 20 activities and events – either free or low cost – are planned from Port Douglas to Moreton Bay, along with a month-long call out for people to snap, count and upload marine and coastal sightings to create a record number of observations for the Great Barrier Reef and SE QLD reefs. Contact CoralWatch for a free Coral Health Chart. For more information, click here or contact CoralWatch or at 3365 3127.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar (19.10.2016)

WE Celebrating Gender Diversity Cocktail Function (20.10.2016)

Centre for Marine Science Seminar October 20th (20.10.2016)

Shakespeare in the Great Court (21.10.2016)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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UQ reaches solar milestone

On Thursday 13 October, UQ reached a huge solar milestone: the University’s 47,000 solar panels have now generated an impressive total of 20 million kilowatt hours. That’s equivalent to the energy usage of almost 3,500 average Australian homes, or to taking over 7,000 cars off the road. UQ now has 5.8 megawatts of installed solar capacity across 28 sitesenough to supply up to 20 per cent of its daytime power demand and avoid over 7,750 tonnes of CO2 emissions and $1 million of operating costs every year. The future is renewable. Click here to see UQ’s live solar feed in action.

New bike racks at Campbell Place

Calling all cyclists: new bike racks have now been installed in Campbell Place at the St Lucia campus. It’s yet another great incentive to cycle to UQ instead of drivingyou’ll help reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions, take some pressure off the campus carparks and improve your health. For more information about sustainable transport at UQ, visit the Transport Systems page on the Sustainability website.

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BodySlam: self-esteem sold separately

UQ drama students present a powerful theatre piece focusing on body image stereotyping and its effects on both young men and women in social and professional environments. Drama students have produced this piece of Forum Theatre where audience members have an opportunity to engage with the story and alter the outcome. The show runs from Wednesday 26–Saturday 29 October at 7.30pm at the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio and is open to everyone. Attendents must RSVP by Wednesday 19 October. Tickets for Wednesday 26 October costs Concession: $10, Adult: $15. Tickets for Thursday 27–Saturday 29 October costs Concession: $15, Adult: $20. For more information, click here. For further information and to RSVP phone 3365 2552.

The 4MBS: Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music

UQ student ensembles compete in the finals of the 4MBS / Musica Viva, Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music. Established in 1988, this annual competition offers the chance to hear the best UQ student ensembles perform exemplary works. This event will be held on Thursday 20 October from 12pm at the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, St Lucia. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Darwin's Cafe medium coffee and fresh danish deal

Grab a freshly-made raspberry, apricot or apple danish, plus a medium coffee, hot chocolate or chai for $8.50. Darwin's mouth-watering danish are made and baked fresh each morning and have nothing artificial added. This deal lasts from Friday 14 OctoberWednesday 30 November at Darwin's Cafe, St Lucia. For more information, click here or contact UQU.

Speech therapy in your home

UQ's Telerehabilitation Clinic (TRC) offers speech pathology services over the Internet. We see both children and adults who have a range of difficulties, including delayed speech development, issues following head injury or stuttering. Clients require either a PC, laptop or an iPad with an internet connection to access our student-run clinics. For more information about therapy in your home, click here or contact Lauren Jeffery or phone ext. 53081.

Keep your muscles and joints healthy

The UQ Wellness Program is offering staff free functional movement assessments. Each assessment is an individual appointment and will be conducted by a qualified physiologist or physiotherapist. Clinics will be held at St Lucia, Gatton, Herston and PACE campuses for the week starting Monday 17 October. These assessments are part of a range of clinics available for staff during Safe Work Month this October. Muscle and joint health is important, especially for those who sit at desks for long periods or have physically demanding jobs. For more information and to register, click here using the log-in details provided (username: uq, password: wellness) or email Vicki McNabb or phone ext. 51516.

De Bortoli Long Table Lunch at Customs House

Leanne De Bortoli and Winemaker Steve Webber will host a long table lunch and invite all for an afternoon of great food and wine overlooking the Brisbane River. This lunch will be held on Sunday 13 November from 12.30pm. Enjoy fantastic wines from the De Bortoli Vineyards along with a crafted Italian shared banquet under a River Marquee. Reservations required. $130 per person for food and wine (no discounts apply). To book, phone 3365 8921 or email reception@customshouse.com.au. For more information, click here.

Mat Pilates at PACE

In association with UQ Wellness, the next six week term for Mat Pilates will be commencing on Thursday 27 October from 7am at the Interaction Space, Level 4, PACE Building. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the term costs $60. This is a great way to give yourself a full body workout to build muscle, improve your strength, increase flexibility, improve posture alignment and control. This class is suitable for all ages and abilities, but if you are pregnant or injured please notify your instructor. To sign up, contact Jenny Usher. For more information, visit the Flair Pilates 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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CELTA Information Evening

The Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) is holding an information evening for the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) course. This is an ideal opportunity for applicants interested in learning more about the Cambridge CELTA course, which is a pre-service course enabling people to teach English language to foreigners in Australia and overseas and a chance to meet with trainers to ask questions about the course and content. The information evening will be held on Tuesday 18 October from 5.30–6.30pm in room 212, Sir Llew Edwards building. For more information or to register, phone ICTE-UQ Admissions at 3346 6751.

UQ staff discount on Advanced Presentation Skills course

Advanced Presentation Skills is designed to transform fearful presenters into fear-free presenters. Facilitator Barry O'Sullivan draws on 22 years of industry experience, combined with leadership coaching and acting techniques to assist participants to enhance their personal presentation skills. This course does not include any on-the-spot role play. The course will be held on Wednesday 16 November from 9am–5pm at Level 19, Central Plaza One, UQ Business School Executive Venue. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. For more information and to register, click here or contact the Executive Education Client Services Team on ext. 67111.

Chinese Business Etiquette courses

Staff are invited to enrol in a course on Chinese Business Etiquette which is being organised by The Confucius Institute at UQ at no cost to participants. The course has been endorsed for the second year in a row through the UQ Staff Development Program. These short courses (Basic and Advanced) will benefit participants that regularly interact with Chinese students, visitors, academics, researchers, and industry/government connections, providing an understanding of key cultural aspects and how they shape behaviours, traditions, and interpretations. Classes begin in November. Registration is required as places are limited. For more information and to register, see the Basic and Advanced course websites.

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 further information and to register, refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

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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Neck pain and brain changes

Adults aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain are sought to investigate how neck pain changes the brain. The study involves attending a 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

EEG study of visual processing

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–35 for an electroencephalography (EEG) study of visual processing in the brain. The study involves making judgments about coloured shapes. Participants will wear an EEG cap consisting of electrodes that safely record electrical activity produced by the brain during the task. Participants must have normal vision (specifically, not require glasses or contact lenses when using a computer for an extended time), and must not be colour-blind. The study consists of two sessions at St Lucia, approximately 90 minutes each. $60 reimbursement is provided. Details: Michelle Hall

Restore PTSD Study

Volunteers aged 18–65 years with a current diagnosis of PTSD who are not currently on any medication for PTSD (except as needed benzodiazepam), no longer exposed to the trauma that caused the PTSD, no history of seizure disorders or uncontrolled sleep apnoea and generally healthy are wanted for trialling a new oral medication. The trial runs for approximately 16 weeks with fortnightly visits to The Wesley Hospital. Parking is free and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Details: Tracy Grierson on 3721 1541

Low back pain? Earn a free fitbit

Volunteers aged 18–50 who have low back pain are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep experiencing back pain after suffering an initial episode of low back pain. The study consists of monitoring daily variation in pain, sleep and body movement for 28 consecutive days. For successful completion of the study the participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits

Healthy volunteer needed for brown fat research

Healthy volunteers aged 18–40, with BMI <30, not on any medications (except contraception) and not pregnant are needed for a study investigating regulators of brown fat in humans. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and is protective against obesity. Active brown fat lights up on special scans. Participants will need to take two doses of study medication (which is usually used for asthma, shown to stimulate energy expenditure) and placebo (sugar pill), and have scans, thermal photos and blood tests. The study will be conducted over two four-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement, snacks and drinks will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar

Do you have a logical brain?

Researchers at UQ are seeking healthy, right-handed people aged 60–80. We are interested to investigate if the ability to practise logical thinking will change with age. Participation involves performing a logical reasoning task in an MRI scanner for one hour, and a couple of computerised games outside the scanner for an hour. In total, this study takes about 2.5 hours and participants will be reimbursed $60 for their time. This study takes place at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia, and ends Friday 11 November. Details: Maryam Ziaei

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

Stiff, painful ankle? Have it investigated

People with stiff and painful ankles are sought for a lab study to test posture, strength, joint mobility, sensation, balance and function. Participants will receive a gift voucher and free x-ray as reimbursement for their participation in this study. Details: Munira or click here

Rheumatoid arthritis research: understanding the family link

Researchers are seeking individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), individuals with a family history of RA, as well as 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 UQ Diamantina Institute. Details: di.arthritis@uq.edu.au or 3443 6992

Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in a new and exciting eight-week supervised exercise training study designed to improve blood glucose control and overall health and well-being. Free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) will be provided, as well as free fitness and health information. Free parking will also be provided. Details: Trishan Gajanand or click here

Remembering 60+

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, which assesses how the brain functions when participants retrieve personal memories. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Sam Fynes-Clinton

Learning in the ageing brain

Healthy, right-handed adults aged 60–80 are sought for a neuroimaging study to assess age-related changes in brain activity underlying learning. The experiment takes 1.5 hrs (60-minute fMRI scan and 30-minute questionnaires) and involves mild electric shocks to the wrist. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: Sam Fynes-Clinton


People with low back pain needed for brain and back pain study

Volunteers aged 18–65 years with current episodes 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's 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 attention affect the processing of another’s emotion?

Researchers from School of Psychology are looking for healthy Caucasian females aged between 38–43 to participate in a brain-imaging study on emotions. Participants need to have no diagnosis of psychological/psychiatric issues. This two-session study is conducted on St Lucia campus, the first session will involve completing questionnaires (15 minutes), and the second session will involve watching videos while your brain activity is recorded by the MRI scanner (one hour inside scanner, one hour for preparation and debriefing). Participants will be reimbursed $50 if completing both sessions and can get a copy of brain images. Details: Yuan Cao

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

Maintaining mental abilities as we age

Cognitively healthy volunteers aged 55+ are needed for a study trialling non-invasive brain stimulation to improve cognition in several areas, including how we perceive other people’s perspectives and emotions, attention and quick decision making. Participation will comprise two sessions of about 90 minutes each, at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston. Volunteers will be reimbursed $50 for their time. For more information or to participate, email uq.brainstim2@gmail.com

Neuromuscular control of the knee

Volunteers aged 18–50 with no prior right knee surgery or significant lower limb injury are sought for a study looking at muscular control of the knee during experimental pain. The study involves four separate injections of saline into muscles of the knee/thigh to induce mild–moderate pain. Participants are asked to straighten their knee to match a force before, during and after pain conditions. The one-off session at the Therapies Building, St Lucia, will take approximately two hours, and participants will receive $15 per hour for their time. Details: Alessio Gallina.

Do you vape?

Vapers aged 18+ are wanted for a large research study to understand how vaping aids people to quit smoking. This study is part of the Australian arm of the International Tobacco and Vaping Policy study which is following smokers and vapers in four countries. Participants will complete three online surveys over five years. Participants receive an entry into a prize draw in appreciation for their assistance. Details: click here or contact habit@uq.edu.au

Have you recently suffered back pain?

Volunteers, aged 18–50, who suffer back pain and have hurt their back in the last week, are wanted for a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. To see if you are eligible to participate, please complete this survey. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

Simultaneous brain imaging and stimulation study

Right-handed female 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

Prevention of Alzheimer's disease

Healthy volunteers aged 60–80 without significant memory problems are required for a 4.5-year clinical trial of a new medication aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Participation will involve taking study medication daily and attending the RBWH on approximately 28 occasions over the course of the study. Clinic visits will include frequent safety assessments, physical and neurological examinations, cognitive testing and MRI and PET brain scans. Participants will be reimbursed for travel costs. Details: Liz or Lisa

Oxytocin and social cognition

Researchers are looking for males aged 65+ to participate in a two-part study. Participation involves viewing a series of different social and emotional videos and making judgments. Each session takes approximately 2.5 hours, and participants will be reimbursed $30 per session. Details: Sarah Grainger

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Volunteers are wanted for a research project studying how people interact with robots on navigation tasks. Participants will control a small-wheeled robot using a joystick in a racing task with human and/or robot partners.The study will take about 90 minutes. Details: Scott Heath

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 (around an hour), at a convenient time and location. Details: Jill Wilson (3365 1254) or Rachel Feeney (3365 2505)

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