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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 18 May 2015


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

UQ Update consultation process

The Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC) is undertaking a UQ-wide consultation process, regarding the proposed redevelopment of UQ Update. OMC is looking for UQ staff willing to volunteer to test the suggested new format.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey, which will take 10–15 minutes, and possibly meet in groups to discuss the findings if more feedback is required.

Participation will involve comparing next week’s issue of UQ Update with the proposed new format of UQ Update, containing the same stories. Participants will be reimbursed with a Merlo coffee voucher.

For more information, and to express your interest in participating, email publications@uq.edu.au.









TEDxUQ Livestream

TEDxUQ, a student-run conference featuring ideas worth spreading from the UQ community, will be livestreamed to the world this Saturday 23 May

Innovative individuals experienced in ecology, social enterprise, neuroscience, design, and many more will present on how to Rewrite the Rules.

The UQ community have the opportunity to view the conference live on campus in the TEDxUQ Green Room, Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards from 10am–4pm. The full event will be livestreamed in a relaxed setting and speakers will drop by between sessions for an opportunity to discuss their talk with them.

For more information, and to view the line-up, click here. To view the livestream for free from 10am on Saturday, click here.

Revised Authorship and Research Misconduct Policies and Procedures

The revised PPL 4.20.05 Research Misconduct and PPL 4.20.04 Authorship passed by Senate on Thursday 16 April, are now on the Policies and Procedures Library. These policies – part of the suite of Research Conduct & Integrity policies – have been substantially modified and clarified to improve consistency with the UQ Enterprise Agreement and the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research.

All researchers are strongly encouraged to read the revised policies and procedures. The Research Integrity Office can present seminars and workshops on responsible conduct of research – including these revised policies–for any Faculties, Schools or Institutes who want further information for their staff or students. For more information, contact Dr Susan O'Brien, Research Integrity Manager.

Road Disruptions - Sir William Macgregor Drive

Please be advised that the Rotary Fun Run will be taking place at the Athletics Centre and River Track, St Lucia Campus, on Sunday 24 May from 5am–10am. There will be slight disruptions to traffic along Sir William Macgregor Drive during this event. Traffic controllers will be managing traffic flow at the event crossing in Sir William Macgregor Drive opposite the UQ Boat Shed for this event. For more information, click here.

UQ News TV

The latest episode of UQ News TV features a study which has revitalised an ancient martial art into a world-first Tai Chi-based exercise program that targets obese people suffering depression, anxiety and stress.

Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) team-matching

The Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation will be hosting a team-matching event for motivated and innovative UQ students that want to develop socially or environmentally sustainable ideas. This will be a precursor event to the SISCA competition later in the year, where students can win up to $10,000 by entering their ideas. SISCA will be open to all UQ students and offers ample opportunity to students of all disciplines to participate. The team-matching event will be held on Thursday 21 May from 5pm-7pm in the Dow Centre, Hawken Engineering Building. Students can find out more information by visiting the Dow Centre UQ website, and the web link could be placed on a course’s blackboard site. For more information, contact Callum Hickey.

Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD)

CO-ADD is a not-for profit initiative providing unencumbered free antimicrobial screening for any interested researcher. They aim to help researchers around the world to find new, diverse compounds to combat the superbug crisis. CO-ADD is a Wellcome Trust-supported Open-Access pipeline based at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience. For more information, click here or email info@co-add.org.  

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Centre for Advanced Imaging Seminar  

Steven Meikle, Professor of Medical Imaging Physics and Director of the University of Sydney/ANSTO node of the National Imaging Facility will present a seminar on "Open Field PET: Progress on systems for the simultaneous study of brain function and behaviour in small animals". Open Field PET makes it feasible to image the brains of awake, unrestrained rodents using PET. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 19 May from 2pm in Seminar Room 132, Building 75. For more information contact Lorine Wilkinson.

Global Change Institute Food Security Seminar

Former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist TJ Higgins will present a seminar on "Is gene technology paving the way for food security in developing countries?". This seminar discusses the challenges and opportunities of gene technology for the developing world with focus on global trends of GM crops and recent developments for food legumes in Africa and India. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 20 May from 12pm–1pm in Seminar Room 275, Global Change Institute. For more information, click here or contact Krystle Henry.  

Sustainable Minerals Institute Seminar Series

Barry Lucas, Program Director and Kristine Dewar, Program Manager of the Sorus group will host a seminar on "Towards rapid energy productivity: a suggested approach to whole of business improvement in energy performance". The seminar will be held on Thursday 21 May from 10am–11am in the Level 7 Visualisation Lab, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, click here or contact Hannah Fry.

Intergenerational Equity

Sean Innis, from the Department of Social Services will give a short presentation exploring the relationship between intergenerational equity and lifetime wellbeing in Australia. Sean’s presentation will examine a range of evidence around Australia’s current intergenerational bargain and explore some key long-term questions confronting Australia. The seminar will be held on Thursday 21 May from 2pm–3pm in Room 219, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, click here or contact Cassie Hughes.

Business School Public Lecture

The UQ Business School is hosting a public lecture by Professor Itamar Simonson, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, California on "The Changing Roles of Marketing in the Age of Almost Perfect Information". As one of the world's most influential scholarly marketers, Professor Simonson will address why current mantras about branding and loyalty are losing their relevance. The seminar will be held on Thursday 21 May from 5pm–7.30pm in the Art Gallery, Customs House. Register your attendance as places are limited. For more information click here or email events@business.uq.edu.au.

QAAFI Seminar

Professor Jennifer Martin Professorial Research Fellow, UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience, will present a seminar on "Gender Equity in Science – Make it happen". The seminar will question why gender equity is still a problem and how can we change what we do to tackle this issue. The seminar will be held on Friday 22 May from 3-4pm and will be followed by the wine-and-cheese networking session at Level 3, Seminar Room, Queensland Bioscience Precinct Building 80, St Lucia campus. For further information, visit the event website.

GCI Food Security Seminar

Estève Giraud, UQ Business School will present a seminar on "The ethics of the organic movement in the food security challenge". The seminar will explore the ethical debate within the organics movement, and with the wider agro-industry in relation to whether organics can feed the world. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 26 May from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building. For more information contact Jane O'Sullivan.

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Public Lecture

Associate Professor Richard Hutch will present a lecture on "Marching to the Courthouse for Freedom: The Life of a Volunteer in the American Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South in 1965". Fifty years on from his time as a volunteer, Richard will speak about his experiences in the American Civil Rights Movement after the Selma to Montgomery March. The lecture will be held on Friday 29 May from 1.30pm–3pm in Room E109, Forgan Smith Building. For more information and to register, click here or contact Lucy O'Brien on ext. 52620.

ITaLI Seminar Series

World–renowned keynote speaker Dr Eric Mazur will be visiting UQ to present a seminar. Dr Mazur is a leading speaker on both optics and education. His motivational lectures on interactive teaching, educational technology and assessment have inspired people around the world to change their approach to teaching. The seminar will be held on Monday 1 June from 2pm–4.15pm in the QBI Auditorium, Building 79. For more information and to register click here.

On the Insignificance of the Transition from Coping to Thinking: Adjustments in Ongoing Life

This talk criticizes a prominent way of thinking about human activity and offers an alternative. The essay argues that this switch is actualy just one form that people’s responses to changes in the world can take. The essay’s alternative account centers on the thesis that adjustments to circumstances mediated by or accompanied by explicit consciousness are ubiquitous in human life. The talk will take place on Wednesday 3 June, 10-11.30am in Room 217, Sir Llew Edwards Buiding. For more information, visit the website or contact Jorgen Sandberg.

Introduction to Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Not sure what a postdoc is or how to get one? This session presented by the Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty (HABS) will provide an overview of postdocs & different pathways available. Postdocs from HABS will also share their journeys from RHD student to postdoc. Although tailored to HABS RHD students, all students & staff are welcome to attend. The session will be held on Wednesday 10 June from 10am–11.30am in the Auditorium, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information and to register, click here or contact Alisa Pratt.

Software Carpentry for Biological Sciences

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time by teaching them basic software skills for scientific computing. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers in the fields of mathematical and computational biology. The course will be held from Thursday 2–Friday 3 July in The Boardroom, St. Leo's College. For more information and to register, click here.

Other upcoming events 

Steve Toltz In Conversation with Venero Armanno (19.05.15)

Studies in Religion Research Seminar on Religion and Waterscapes in South-East Queensland presented by Madeline Galea & Jacqueline Rodgers (19.05.15)

QBI Seminar: Is brain plasticity altered in motor regions of healthy older adults? (20.05.15)

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Public Lecture on Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: Past, Present, Future presented by Professor Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne (21.05.15)

Critical Approaches to Museums and Heritage (22.05.15)

Family Formation & Men's and Women's Wage Mobility: Evidence from the U.S. (25.05.15)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

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



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Show your support for Fair Trade

Fair Trade Fortnight,  Friday 8–Friday 22 May, is a chance for you to discover and celebrate everything Fair Trade. Fair Trade certified products meet strict environmental, labour and developmental standards aimed at alleviating poverty for workers in the developing world. Delicious and Fair Trade certified coffee, tea, drinking chocolate and sugar are available for purchase through the Central Store.

Eco tips: How can I get involved in Fair Trade Fortnight?

  1. Order some Fair Trade products for your office through Central Store
  2. Ask your favourite coffee shop to stock Fair Trade if they don’t already
  3. Attend one of the many community events, including the Fair Trade tea stall at the St Lucia campus markets on Wednesday 20 May.
  4. Check out the range of Fair Trade products available for your home
  5. Get together with a friend over a Fair Trade cuppa and promote the cause

Host an event during UQ Sustainability Week

UQ Sustainability Week, held from Monday 17–Friday 21 August, is about working together to promote our sustainability agenda across all areas of UQ. The Sustainability Office is again encouraging any UQ area to organise and host a relevant event, whether it be a presentation, workshop, demonstration, competition or activity. Promotional support will be available for any event relevant to a wider audience on application. Visit the Sustainability website for more information.

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Don’t miss your chance to get to the Gabba

UQ Sport and the Brisbane Lions are proud to present UQ staff with an exclusive 3 Game Membership offer: Buy a three-game membership and get a ticket to Lions vs Bulldogs game for free. The details of the Bulldogs game is yet to be confirmed by the AFL. To take advantage of this offer, simply create a myLions account, use the promo code ‘UQSPORT’ and the fourth ticket will be added to your account after purchase. Purchase tickets here.

New Bupa Corporate Health Plan

As of Friday 1 May a new Bupa corporate plan has been made available to all employees of The University of Queensland. Existing Bupa members can choose to stay on their current level of cover and there won’t be any changes to their current offer or products. However, if a member wants to switch to the new offering, they can do so at any time, and the products and offers relating to the new plan will be extended to them. The new University of Queensland health plan means members have access to a greater range of product options as well as benefits. For the latest Bupa promotion, click here and for any additional information, please call Bupaon 134 135 and quote ID: 2016859 or alternatively, complete this form and email to uq@bupa.com.au.

UQ Music 

The School of music will host two concerts this week: 

  • The Tinalley String Quartet, winners of numerous awards both in Australia and internationally will perform Shostakovich's String Quartet no. 7, and Beethoven's String Quartet no. 3. The concert will be held on Thursday 21 May from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.
  • The Tinalley String Quartet will perform with UQ's ensemble in residence, White Halo at Customs House on Sunday 24 May from 10.30am–12.30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Watch the 2015 University Chinese Proficiency Competition at UQ

The 14th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition (QLD Preliminary) will be held at UQ on Saturday 23 May. The competition is a large-scale international contest with students showcasing their skills in Mandarin and culture through speech and performance. All staff, students and general public are welcome to observe, with lucky door prizes drawn on the day including return flights to China (conditions apply). For more information, click here

Dow Centre Movie Night: Cool It - Bjørn Lomborg

UQ Dow Centre movie nights are an opportunity for members of the UQ community to watch and discuss a movie related to our research objectives of sustainable production and use of energy, water, food and chemicals. Given the recent commotion around Bjørn Lomborg, a screening of the documentary Cool It will give viewers a chance to get a ‘first hand’ idea of both Lomborg’s and his opponents’ views. After the movie there will be an opportunity for group discussion. The screening will be held on Tuesday 26 May on Level 5, Hawken Engineering Building and food and drinks will be provided. RSVP is required and should be directed to Celestien Warnaar. For more information, click here

A Night on Broadway with QUMS

The Queensland University Musical Society takes a journey through the musical stylings of Broadway. From classics such as Guys and Dolls and Cats, to modern favourites including Wicked and The Lion King. The concert will be held on Saturday 6 June from 7pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advance Engineering Building. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for concessions and $15 for children. Groups of five or more and UQ Clubs and Societies can purchase tickets for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased via trybooking.com or at the door. For more information, click here or email publicity@qums.org.au

Win a $250 Campus Travel Voucher

To win a $250 Campus Travel Voucher, read the latest Campus Travel Newsletter which is available here.

Customs House Restaurant gift vouchers

A Customs House Restaurant gift voucher is a great idea for a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion. Vouchers may be purchased online, by credit card, over the phone on 3365 8999 or in person at the restaurant, Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm. Vouchers can be mailed directly to the recipient, or to the purchaser, or collected in person. 

Physiotherapy Postgraduate Clinic: Sport and General Musculoskeletal injuries

The UQ Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic manages a wide variety of injuries. Beginning today, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a sports and musculoskeletal speciality clinic is being offered in conjunction with the postgraduate Physiotherapy programs. Specific rehabilitation, return-to-normal activity and sport-after-injury programs are designed for each individual, based on latest evidence-based practice research. For more information, or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 07 3365 2232 or via email. Staff, students and the general public are welcome. Free parking available.

Need assistance with your child or teenager? 

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

UQ Wellness 

  • Good Morning Yoga - seven-week course, Tuesday 7.30am-8.30am at the UQ Centre - contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

  • Feldenkrais­ Awareness through Movement ­- six-week course, Wednesday 5.15pm ­ 6.15pm at the UQ Centre - contact Susie King.

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

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

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

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ACSPRI Winter Course: ‘Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists’

Tim Graham (UQ) and Associate Professor Robert Ackland from the Australian National University will be conducting the course ‘Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists’ at St Lucia campus in June. This course introduces students to the collection and analysis of socially-generated 'big data' using open-source software. It is offered through the ACSPRI Winter Program. UQ is a member organisation of ACSPRI and therefore receives a discount on the course fees. The course is primarily aimed at postgraduates and academics, however undergraduate students may also be interested in attending. For more information visit the website or contact Tim Graham via email.

eLearning solutions service

ITS are piloting an eLearning Solutions Service to help 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 refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

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

eLearning workshops

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

  • Turnitin - Wednesday 10 June, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Basics - Thursday 11 June, St Lucia

  •  Learn.UQ Grade Centre - Monday 15 June, St Lucia

  • ResponseWare (web-based clickers) - Tuesday 16 June, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Test, Quizzes and Exams - Thursday 18 June, St Lucia

  • Desktop recording – iSpring - Monday 22 June, St Lucia

  • Learn.UQ Basics - Wednesday 24 June, St Lucia

Staff Development Update

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 Study about

Is your child on medication for a diagnosis of ADHD and having trouble sleeping?

An international research team, including researchers from UQ and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, is undertaking a study to look at the effectiveness of Melatonin in helping children who have a diagnosis of ADHD, are currently treated with stimulant medication, and are experiencing sleep difficulties, particularly getting to sleep. This study is designed in a way that it can help provide information for individuals, and also group information. This information could be useful in determining if melatonin has a significant effect on sleep for your child. Results from this study can be given to your doctor to help in treatment planning for your child. Details: Michael Bibo (3381 1232).

Balance performance in middle-aged adults

Healthy males and females aged 43–58, who are free from any musculoskeletal, sensory or neurological diseases/injuries are sought to take part in a study exploring balance control. Individuals will perform a series of standing balance tasks on one occasion only. Testing will take approximately 45 minutes and be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Details: Dr Anna Hatton (3365 4590). 

Longitudinal back pain study

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

Spine and shoulder posture assessment

Volunteers aged 18 and over who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Do you catch colds easily? Or do you stay healthy throughout the year?

Researchers are seeking both healthy and asthmatic men and women to participate in a study investigating how the immune system protects people from viruses. Researchers are interested in finding out if this is related to variations in certain genes and whether it is linked to having asthma or not. Participation takes place at PA hospital and takes only 30 minutes, which includes a donation of 40ml blood and a simple questionnaire. All samples and information will be treated confidentially. Details: click here or contact Liisa Murray (3443 7133).

Painful Achilles Tendon?

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

Participants without pain required

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

Hearing loss from solvent exposure study

This study looks at how exposure to chemicals in the workplace can affect hearing. Researchers are seeking people working in the painting, spray-painting, textiles, clothing, footwear, aviation and jet fuel industries and histology labs to participate in the research. Participation involves a one-hour hearing test at UQ twice on the same day, before and after work. Details: visit the website or contact Laura Sheridan.

Do you ever have difficulty finding the right word?

Both healthy volunteers and individuals with Parkinson’s disease are needed to participate in an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) study. This research will investigate how language production is affected by Parkinson’s disease. We are seeking healthy older adults over the age of 50 years, who are right handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions, lasting a total of up to 5 hours. Participants will be reimbursed. To learn more, please contact Megan Isaacs on 07 3346 5579, or by email.

Do you suffer from Lateral Hip Pain?

Volunteers aged 35-70 years with pain and tenderness on the outside of their hips are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve diagnostic investigation and undergoing either an eight-week physiotherapy program or a corticosteroid injection to your hip or advice on tendon management. Details: email or phone 3346 7485.

Do you or does someone you know have depression?

Researchers need people aged 18–65 who have visited a GP for depression symptoms in the past three months to complete a 20-minute survey online. This study aims to improve how we talk about depression and move us away from a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Participants have the chance to win a massage package. Details: click here.

Help UQ scientists prevent cheating in Paralympic Sport

A UQ research group believes it has come up with a good way of identifying people who try to cheat during Paralympic Classification, by exaggerating the severity of their disabilities. You could help test the method if you have cerebral palsy, and are aged 16-35. You may be a wheelchair user/walker, fit/unfit (the tests are not hard). To assist, you will try to cheat the system during three 1.5-hour testing sessions, held at UQ (St Lucia) at any time that is convenient. The best cheaters may receive up to $100. For further information, call Rebecca Deuble on 0400 261 393.

Can probiotics in pregnancy prevent Gestational Diabetes?

An important study – Preventing Gestational Diabetes Probiotics – is underway at RBWH, Redcliffe Hospital and the Mater Mother’s Hospital, to prevent development of diabetes during pregnancy, and to determine if taking “good bugs” (probiotics) from early in pregnancy can help. Phone 3646 5164 for details.

"Natural" labelling on foods

Volunteers are sought for a study looking at the use of the word "natural" on food product packaging. Participation involves attending a focus group discussion, completing a questionnaire, or both. Focus groups will be held in the second half of May and will run for up to 90 minutes. This study aims to explore consumers’ perceptions of this term and how it influences opinions on food products and buying behaviour. Details: Megan Phipps.

Positive parenting for healthy living with type 1 diabetes

Are you a parent of a child aged 2–10 with type 1 diabetes? Do you want to learn more about managing child behaviour, anxiety or illness? Positive Parenting for Healthy Living Triple P offers parents simple strategies in two group sessions, each two hours long. The program is offered free-of-charge to eligible participants as part of a research project in the Parenting and Family Support Centre. Details: Click here or contact Amy Mitchell (3346 1202). 

Non-invasive neuroimaging of emotion and language

Healthy volunteers aged 50–85 years are sought to participate in a study focusing on emotion and language. Data obtained from participation as part of this healthy group will be compared with data obtained from a group of Parkinson’s disease sufferers. The study involves the completion of questionnaires, a clinical assessment, and a language task in which brain activity will be recorded via electroencephalography (EEG). Assessments are conducted at Herston and take about two hours. $30 reimbursement for travel expenses is available. Details: contact Tiffany Au or Julia Yang (3346 5577).

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

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

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

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

Alcohol Research Study

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

Do you or someone you know have asthma? 

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


Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

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

Impact of brain stimulation on response selection

Researchers are seeking participants aged 18-46 years for a study to investigate the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique, on response selection. The study will involve the placement of 2 electrodes on the scalp to administer tDCS and 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.

Brainteaser MRI study

Males aged 18–35, who are right-handed, have normal (or corrected to normal via contact lenses) vision, no previous neurological or psychological diagnosis, and are not currently taking any medication are required for a study investigating how people go about solving complex reasoning puzzles. The study involves three sessions at UQ; two of these involve solving puzzles on a computer, while the third requires completing an fMRI scan. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Luke Hearne.

Neuroimaging Experiments

Young adults aged 20–35 and older adults aged 65–80 are sought for several neuroimaging experiments on learning and language. Reimbursement of $60 will be available for participants. Details: click here or contact Dr. Lars Marstaller.

Parenting and Self-Compassion

Researchers are interested in the views of parents with a child aged 2–12 years. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about your parenting, child behaviour, and stress, as well as complete an audio guided meditation. It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. The study is conducted at UQ, St Lucia. Details: Sarah Baldwin.

Muscle function in adults with cerebral palsy

Adults aged 18–65 who have spastic type Cerebral Palsy and can walk, with or without a walking aid, are sought for a study. Researchers are investigating the factors which contribute to declines in function across the lifespan in people with Cerebral Palsy. This project aims to look at muscle degradation throughout life and its relationship to changes in physical activity levels. Participation in the study will include a questionnaire, ultrasound, functional measures, strength testing and an activity monitor to look at how muscles function and changes during physical activity. Details: click here or contact Shari O'Brien or Dr Glen Lichtwark (3365 3401).

Children with disability; the move from regular to special schools

Researchers are seeking parents who have transferred their children with disability from regular into special schools and whose children are currently enrolled in a special school. Eligible parents will be invited to share their experiences through a survey which is available both online and in hard copy. The survey aims to deepen understanding about parental decision-making particularly with regard to children who have disability. Details: Glenys Mann (3365 7383).

Do you have trouble popping your ears?

Healthy adults of average weight, who have a history of hayfever and experience difficulty with 'popping ears' are sought for a study on Eustacian Tube Dysfunction. Volunteers are sought to act as study participants in a hyperbaric chamber. The study will consist of three afternoon sessions over a three-week period at The Wesley Research Institute. Reimbursement of $250 for participation is available. Details: Tracy Grierson (3721 1541).

Patellar (Knee) Tendon Pain?

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

Influenza Vaccine in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Study

Researchers are seeking men and women aged 50 and over with no lung disease to participate in an influenza vaccine research study. We are looking at how the influenza vaccine effects the immune system in different people. It involves three visits to the PA Hospital. Participants will recieve a free influenza vaccine at the first visit. Details: Krystal Rudland (3443 7132).

The Getting of Wisdom

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

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

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

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: Amelie Casgrain.

Have you ever used an over-the-counter ‘fat burner’ for weight loss?

Researchers are seeking male and female volunteers who identify as having used ‘fat burner’ weight loss products to participate in a study investigating the efficacy and consumers' perceptions of these products. Participation includes attending a focus group discussion of up to 90 minutes, facilitated by the researchers, and filling in a questionnaire. These discussion will take place in May 2015. Topics of discussion will include the use of these products, perceptions and expectation of usage. The findings will be used to inform consumer information and the development of regulation of these products in Australia. Details: Jess McMaster.

Virtual reality study 

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

Annoying acne, tried everything?

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

Friend and family sharing in social media 

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

Seeking pregnant mothers: newborn communication study

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

What activities do you regularly participate in?

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

Do you have Parkinson's disease?

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


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