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University of Queensland
 
 

Monday 29 May 2017

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UQ Contact Winter 2017 edition out now

The Winter 2017 edition of Contact is now live. Read about MBA graduate and war hero Ben Roberts-Smith VC and how he overcame the struggles of transitioning into civilian life; get to know frankie magazine editor Jo Walker; and catch up with Wallabies skipper and former UQ rugby star Stephen Moore.

The printed magazine has been redesigned with an improved focus on the reader’s experience, while the website is available in an easy-to-read Shorthand format. Contact is also available as a free app for mobile devices.

To order printed copies, or get promotional material for your communications channels, email contactmagazine@uq.edu.au.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UQ ChangeMakers with Andrew Liveris AO: tickets on sale now

Join Brisbane’s business community at an industry engagement event with Andrew Liveris AO, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, for a broad-ranging conversation about how Australia can improve its competitiveness globally, including consideration of sustainable energy policies and the importance of STEM education to a knowledge-based economy.

Tickets are now available for pre-sale to UQ staff. This UQ-hosted event will be held on Friday 21 July, 12pm for 12.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills.

For more information, visit the UQ ChangeMakers website.

Major event road closure notification: Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Sir William Macgregor Drive

Due to the 2017 Brisbane Times City2South event on Sunday 4 June, roads inbound to UQ from Brisbane CBD, including Coronation Drive into Sir Fred Schonell Drive will be closed from 4–10.30am. Sir William MacGregor Drive and Mill Road will also be affected, but Thynne Road, College Road and Chancellor’s Place will remain unaffected by this closure.

Please avoid parking along this route, as no access will be permitted in or out of Sir William McGregor Drive and Sir Fred Schonell Drive from 4–10.30am. Marshalls and Queensland Police will be controlling traffic during the event. To find out more about the closures and disruptions, visit the P&F Bulletin Board. For event information, please visit the City2South website or contact the Event Manager, Daniel Toscano.

New Government Mobile Plus plans

ITS has partnered with Telstra to access their ‘Government Mobile Plus’ plans for UQ staff. The new plans provide better value for money, resulting in a 29 per cent cost reduction, saving approximately $295,000 in annual spend. The plans offer unlimited national calls and SMS, and offer greater value for voice and data to eligible countries while travelling overseas. The plans are available now. All existing accounts will be transitioned without any disruption to mobile services. Existing account holders won’t need to do anything. For more information, click here or contact UQ Mobiles.

UQ booster program for people who stutter

This program is designed for people who stutter and who have started receiving treatment for their stuttering using a smooth speech technique. It will involve learning and practising smooth speech to alter the speech pattern, which is one of the most widely used treatments for stuttering. It is recommended that clients attend all days of the program. Students will conduct the treatment under the close supervision of qualified and experienced speech pathologists. The program will be individually tailored to suit your current fluency needs and will be held from Wednesday 28–Friday 30 June on Level 6, Therapies building, St Lucia campus. For more information, contact the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic.

Update: 2017 UQU APS 'Pitching Research' competition

Following on from the great success of the last two years, Professor Robert Faff from the UQ Business School is once again coordinating a Pitching Research competition for UQU APS. First prize is $3000. An information session was held Friday 12 May and can be viewed here. Register your Expression of Interest to enter the competition by Friday 16 June. For more information, click here or contact Professor Robert Faff.

UQ Idea Hub: calling PhD students interested in entrepreneurship

UQ PhD students are invited to join UQ Idea Hub for a six-week, hands-on program that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to begin the startup journey. Learn from successful local and international startup founders, investors and business brains about everything from ideation and market validation to how to protect your intellectual property. The program will begin on Thursday 8 June from 4–6pm Hawken Engineering Building, Room N302. No payment is required. Click here to register. For more information, click here or contact Nimrod Klayman.

Applications for the 2017 Reimagine Education Awards

The Reimagine Education Awards is an external award scheme that acknowledges and rewards innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability. Further information about the awards, including application guidelines, templates and UQ’s internal application process and timeline is available on the ITaLI website. Register your intent to apply for a Reimagine Education Award here by Friday 9 June. For more information, email teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

International telehealth conference (SFT-17): call for abstracts now open

UQ's Centre for Online Health in conjunction with the Australasian Telehealth Society is holding the annual International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth SFT-17 on Monday 30–Tuesday 31 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Call for abstracts is now open, closing Monday 26 June at midnight. Registration will be opening soon. For more information, click here or contact Emma Slater.

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EVENTS

 

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QAAFI Science Seminar

Associate Professor Paul Ebert from the School of Biological Sciences will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled 'Looking to the past, monitoring the present, securing the future: Resistance to the grain fumigant phosphine'. This event will be held on Tuesday 30 May from 12pm at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct Building, Level 3, Large Seminar Room (3.142). For more information, click here.

Interaction Design Exhibit

Come along to the 2017 Interaction Design Exhibit at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, to see and play with student creations based on interactive technologies that you've never before experienced. Students have explored areas like future learning, big data, healthy living, data privacy and ageing. This event will be held on Tuesday 30 May from 5–7pm. For more information and to register, click here or contact Helen Burdon.

The Politics of Twitter

Dr Constance Duncombe from the School of Political Science and International Studies will present a seminar on the ‘Politics of Twitter’ as part of the Visual Politics Program. Dr Duncombe’s research examines how Twitter, often dismissed as perpetuating unmoderated, irrational communication, is now increasingly used between states and their policymakers. Through Twitter, state leaders can provoke strong emotional reactions from their counterparts, potentially inciting or exacerbating political crises. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 31 May from 12–1pm in General Purpose North (39A), room 501. For more information, click here or contact Roland Bleiker.

A new era for Australia-Mexico relations: Key issues and opportunities with a spotlight on education, agriculture and mining

The Australian Ambassador to Mexico, Dr David Engel, will be visiting UQ as part of a program of midterm consultations and will deliver a public seminar on Wednesday 31 May. Dr Engel will provide an overview of evolving Australia-Mexico relations in the current political and economic climate, and offer market insights on key opportunities for Australian industry and higher education institutions, and in particular synergies that may be leveraged through Australia’s strengths in agriculture sustainable mining and education. For more information and to register, click here or contact UQ Global Engagement.

Public Seminar: Histories for the Anthropocene

Professor Tom Griffiths AO, from the Australian National University, will be presenting in IASH’s Intellectual and Literary History Program public seminar series, The Future of History. Professor Griffiths will consider what it means to write history in the midst of escalating and alarming environmental change, and reflect on the special challenge historians face in living with deep time in Australia. The seminar will be held on Thursday 1 June from 4pm in Room 402, Level 4, Forgan Smith Tower. For more information, click here or email iash@uq.edu.au.

HMNS Seminar Series 2017

Dr Louise McCuaig explores the manner in which interventionist thinking influences the provision of a robust HPE curriculum in Australian schools in a presentation titled 'St-healthy education in Australian Schools'. This presentation does not attempt to establish a sense of who is right or wrong, but draws upon the Australian context to provide an overview of current debates and their implications for researchers and tertiary educators in the fields of health, sport and physical activity.

Dr Mark Connick will present a seminar on 'Validation of a class allocation method for wheelchair track athletes with impaired strength – a proof of concept study'. Dr Connick will present the outcomes of a study which evaluated six statistical methods that could be used to allocate athletes with impaired muscle strength to a wheelchair track class based on their isometric muscle strength.

These events will be held on Friday 2 June from 12–1pm at the Human Movement Studies Building (26B), Room 216. For more information, click here or email hmns.rhd@uq.edu.au.

Open lunchtime lecture with founder of CarAdvice: from $35 to $35 million

All staff, students and alumni are invited to a free lunchtime startup lecture with UQ alumnus and founder of CarAdvice Alborz Fallah on Friday 2 June from 12–1pm, hosted by ilab at UQ in Building 41. Local startup entrepreneur Alborz will talk about his journey from the 21 year old UQ IT graduate and his $35 investment to set up CarAdvice through to running one of the most popular car advice blogs in the world with 40 employees, selling the company to Channel Nine for $35 million earlier this year. Registration is required. For more information and to register, click here or contact Rebecca McIntosh.

IMB Seminar Series

Please join our IMB Seminar Series with Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson, Group Leader at Molecular Biomarkers and Translational Genomics Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Associate Professor Dawson will present a talk titled 'Liquid Biopsies: Monitoring the Cancer Genome in Blood'. The seminar will be held on Friday 2 June from 12.30pm in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct auditorium, St Lucia. For more information, contact Professor Alpha Yap at imbevents@uq.edu.au.

Law, Science and Technology seminar

Dr Patrick Shih, Assistant Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, will present a Law, Science and Technology seminar ‘From Quantified Self to Quantified Other’. This seminar will be held on Monday 5 June from 12–1pm in the TC Beirne School of Law’s Moot Court, Room W247, Forgan Smith Building. For more information click here or email events@law.uq.edu.au.

Are we getting the outcomes we want from our food system?

The Global Change Institute invites all to a seminar with panelists Dr Geoffrey Annison, Associate Professor Andrew Crowden, Professor Mike Gidley and Professor Amanda Lee, discussing the outcomes on food systems. The essential characteristic of a food systems approach is the focus on interconnections between food system activities and food system outcomes. Food system activities include producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food. These activities are what we do. Food system outcomes include food and nutrition security, environmental impacts, health consequences, business and employment, and ethical issues. These are the outcomes we derive from food system activities. Studied together, activities and outcomes define the food systems approach. This event will be held on Monday 5 June from 12–1pm at the Global Change Institute, Seminar Room 275. For more information, click here or contact Krystle Henry at 3343 3118.

2017 Research Week: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work invites all to their Research Week from Tuesday 6–Thursday 8 June. Staff members and RHD students will present on a number of topics. Professor Donna Haven is the nursing visiting scholar with longstanding links toPrincess Alexandra Hospital through her work on Magnet in the USA. On Thursday 8 June Dr Debbie Plath will be conducting a workshop on evidence-informed practice. Registration is required. This event will be held in the Riverview Room, Emmanuel College, St Lucia. To view a detailed program and to register, click here. For more information contact nmsw.execassistant@uq.edu.au.

UQ Industry Connec: LemnaTec GmbH

UniQuest is co-ordinating a presentation by LemnaTec on Tuesday 13 June from 9.30–10.45am in Building 41, Staff House Road, St Lucia campus. UQ staff and researchers are invited to hear from Dr Ben Niehaus, Chief Technical Officer from LemnaTec Germany about their development of autonomous research platforms for high-throughput digital plant phenotyping, and network over morning tea. Register at rsvp@uniquest.com.au by Friday 9 June. For more information email Kasra Sabermanesh.
 

Other upcoming events

Looking to the past, monitoring the present, securing the future: Resistance to the grain fumigant phosphine (30.05.17)

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'Improving genetic risk prediction in psychiatric disorders and other complex traits' (31.05.17)

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'Organization of a reverberating cell assembly in the basolateral amygdala' (31.05.17)

More UQ events »

 

UQ in the media

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  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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SUSTAINABILITY

 

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Waste not, want not at Gatton campus

UQ's Gatton campus has introduced a smart new strategy for sustainability, and it's giving us food for thought indeed: thanks to a new composting initiative, all food scraps from the Walkway Cafe and Gatton Halls of Residence dining hall are now being transferred to dedicated organics green bins and then collected for composting. To find out more about this winning waste-saving initiative and the environmental benefits of composting, visit the Sustainability website.

Sustainable superstars at the School of Psychology

UQ’s School of Psychology staff have proven their enthusiastic commitment to sustainability time and time again with their active participation in the Green Office Program, from hosting movie screenings and speaking at Green Office events to developing their own set of sustainability guidelines. Get some environmental inspiration and read all about their efforts and how they're helping to create positive change on campus on the Sustainability website.

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LIFESTYLE

 

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Speech therapy in the comfort of your kitchen

Using video conferencing and integrated technologies the UQ Telerehabilitation Clinic assist children, adolescents and adults Australia-wide to manage their speech, language and literacy challenges. Based on UQ-led research, speech pathology interventions delivered via telerehabilitation are comparable to traditional service delivery modes. We can connect via the internet, so there is no reason to leave the comfort of your home or office. For further information, visit the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics website or contact the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics at 3365 2232.

UQ Sport Kids winter holiday enrolments now open

Beat school holiday blues with UQ Sport Kids. Our tennis, swimming, athletics and Kids Club programs cater to all ages, keeping your child active and entertained over the holidays. Enrol your kids now. For more information, visit the UQ Sport Kids website.

Adult autism spectrum group

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

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DEVELOPMENT

 

Development

Developing a Teaching and Learning Grant Application

Are you thinking of submitting a Teaching and Learning Grant application? If so, ITaLI invites you to attend the Developing a Teaching and Learning Grant Application Workshop on Friday 2 June from 10am–12pm. The workshop will provide attendees with tips and advice on planning and developing an effective grant application. For more information and to register, visit the Staff Development website, or email teaching.grants@uq.edu.au.

Register now: Teaching and Learning Grants 'pitch your idea' sessions

Do you have an idea for an initiative to enhance the student experience? Want to apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant or an Early Career Educational Research Grant? ITaLI is providing an opportunity for you to pitch your idea to a wide audience to receive valuable feedback and advice on your project design prior to submitting an application. Each pitch is allocated 15 minutes, comprising a five minute presentation on the rationale of the project and proposed approach, and 10 minutes of feedback. Sessions are scheduled for Friday 9, Tuesday 13, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June at the Learning Innovation Building. Places are limited. For more information, click here or contact Stefani Rooney at 3365 6351.

UQ staff discount: Optimising Influence in Negotiation

Communicating and negotiating in a global business context means considering a range of factors – including cultural diversity, time and budget constraints, and differing personalities and agendas. Influential leaders communicate and negotiate with self-awareness. They plan and prepare their negotiation style, and that of their team, and then adapt that behaviour to suit the context and influence effectively. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. The course will be held on Thursday 20 July. To learn more or to register, click here or email execed@business.uq.edu.au.

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff who 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.

Open Course Scheme

Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see colleagues in action and witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for those who wish to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well, pick up new ideas, see different strategies, rediscover old favourites, and reflect on personal teaching. For more information, click here or contact Peter Rutherford.

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MFSAS: Social Analysis and Statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in social analytics and statistics, including STATA, Leximancer, Longitudinal Data Analysis and Social Cost-Benefit Analysis, 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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VOLUNTEERS

 

Coping, social support and appraisal related to infertility

Individuals and couples who have undergone assisted reproductive treatment (such as ovulation support, IUI or IVF) are sought for this study. Participation involves completing an online survey, which will take approximately 40 minutes. Upon completing the survey, participants are given the option to enter a draw to win one of three $20 gift vouchers. To participate in this study, click here. Details: Lisa Cosgun on 0435 896 885

Have you ever dealt with a teething child?

Please complete this survey to tell us about your experiences of managing teething pain. This anonymous survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Ten $30 Coles Group and Myer vouchers are up for grabs – just enter your email into the separate form at the end of the survey to enter. Details: click here for the survey

Have you sprained your ankle in the last four weeks?

Volunteers aged 18–40 years who have sprained their ankle for the first time in the last four weeks are needed for a study investigating hip and knee muscle strength. Testing will take approximately one hour and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles Group and Myer gift card. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Brain stimulation and 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 on-screen task on two separate days. Testing will take place at UQ Centre For Clinical Research at Herston. Participants will receive compensation of $50. Details: Oyetunde Gbadeyan

Participate in a study for skin cancer early detection

Researchers at UQ and QUT are currently undertaking research into skin self-examination. In particular, examining mobile teledermoscopy. We are looking for individuals aged 18+ to complete three home skin-self-examinations and receive a free skin check. Selected participants will be asked to conduct mobile teledermoscopy by photographing their moles and sending them to the study team for a telediagnosis. Details: SKIN Research

Motor training and brain plasticity in young men

Seeking right-handed men aged 18–35 to take part in this study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5–3 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 $60 in total. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

How do thinking skills relate to emotion and language?

Researchers seeking males and females aged 60–85 with English as their first language and no neurological history (e.g. stroke). Participation involves a two hour session with the experimenter, where you will be asked to do several simple tasks that look at thinking skills. This involves responding verbally or non-verbally to words, dots and pictures. The tasks are carried out with pen and paper or via computer. Participants’ travel will be compensated with a $10 Coles Group and Myer voucher and the study will take place at UQ, St Lucia (or at the volunteers home if suitable). Details: Amie Willis

Have you had experience with jerks at work?

Volunteers who are currently working or have previous work experience are sought for a study investigating individuals’ underlying motives to punish and reintegrate transgressors in the workplace. The study will involve a 45 minute interview at St Lucia, talking about the participants past experience with workplace transgressions. Details: Mylyn Dat

PTSD trial

Volunteers aged 18–65 who suffer from PTSD are sought for a clinical trial of an oral medication to treat symptoms. Participants must not already be on medication for PTSD, must be healthy and be able to visit the Wesley Hospital fortnightly for two hour appointments over a 16 week period. Parking is free, and reimbursement for travel will be provided. Details: Tracy Grierson or phone 3721 1541

Have your balance tested

Volunteers aged 60+ are invited to participate in a study investigating hip strength and balance. 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

Interested in maintaining a healthy brain?

Volunteers who are caucasian and aged 55+, may be eligible to participate in a UQ brain science study. Researchers are trialing a unique, non-invasive brain stimulation technique to improve cognition in several areas, including how we perceive other people’s perspectives and emotions, and attention and quick decision making. This study will take two sessions of about two hours over the months of June and July, at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: uq.brainstim1@gmail.com

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

Volunteers aged 18–65 with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at the Therapies Building, St Lucia, 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

Fathers of children with hearing loss

Fathers of children born in Queensland with hearing loss and aged 3–36 months, are sought for a family-centred study to explore the needs of parents of children with hearing loss. If you decide to be involved in this study, volunteers will be asked to participate in one individual interview (approximately 50 minutes), either face-to-face or over the telephone/skype, and to complete a short 20-item questionnaire (approximately 10 minutes). Details: Mansoureh Nickbakht

Pain reflex in people with low back pain

Volunteers with chronic low back pain (defined as ongoing lower back pain experienced at least three days a week for more than three months) are sought for this study. Volunteers must not have any other significant medical history. This study evaluates how the nervous system protects the body from pain in people with low back pain. Participation requires attending one session for approximately two hours which will evaluate the automatic responses of the trunk muscles following a series of brief noxious stimuli applied to the trunk. Testing will take place in the Therapies Building, St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $50. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie

Cognitive processes and social behaviour

Married couples or couples who have been together for one year or more are sought for a study. Participants are asked to complete four different cognitive tasks, and several attitude measures. Participants will also engage in a series of video-recorded social exercises. The tasks and the video-recorded social exercises will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Each couple will be reimbursed $50 to compensate them for their time and effort. This study will take place at UQ St Lucia's, McElwain Building (24A), room 320. Details: Alicia Lim

Free exercise training

Researchers are currently looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes, who are interested in improving their overall health, to participate in an exercise training study designed to improve diabetic health. 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

Posture control with scoliosis

Volunteers diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, aged 18–50 and without spinal surgery, are sought for a study of postural control. Testing involves one two-hour session with a procedure for downward pressure at the shoulders, and sensors on the skin to record muscle responses and movement. A study of one person with idiopathic scoliosis showed that they had very different ways of coordinating their posture. We're keen to examine whether these differences are common among people with idiopathic scoliosis, with potential for new insights into causes and management of scoliosis. Details: Dr Andrew Claus

Do you know a child with a French accent?

Children aged 6–12 with a strong French accent are sought for a study investigating how children respond to native and foreign accented speech. Participants must be are willing to read out simple sentences (e.g. “Penguins don’t fly”) that will be voice recorded. The recording session will take approximately 20 minutes at UQ St Lucia. The recordings will be de-identified and used only for the purpose of the study. Parents will be provided with a $30 Coles Group and Myer giftcard and children will be given a small gift. Details: Jessica Spence

What time do you exercise?

Active volunteers aged 18+ who typically exercise two or more times per week are sought for this study, which involves completing a short face-to-face questionnaire-assisted interview to help us understand individuals' exercise time of the day preferences. Participants will go in the draw to win one of two $50 gift vouchers. Details: click here or contact Veronica Morlotti

Interested in how the brain processes language?

Researchers are seeking participants aged 60+ 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 involves a brain scanning (fMRI) session at the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Participants are required to complete a language task while in the scanner and a few short tasks prior to the scan. The session will last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and effort. Details: Natasha Simons on 3346 6110

 

Call for volunteers for a human-robot interaction study

Student 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 takes about 90 minutes and will be held at the Axon building, St Lucia. Details: click here or contact Scott Heath

Virtual neck speed and strength: volunteers needed

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–65 who are either healthy or have neck pains to participate in a study which compares neck muscle strength and neck movement speed and accuracy using a virtual reality device in those who have neck pain and those without. Details: Bryan David

Calling past and current PhD students

Researchers are seeking past and current PhD students to conduct a project that aims to understand differences in the PhD relationship across different disciplines in UQ. Participants will take part in an informal interview about their research and PhD supervisory experiences. The interview will be held at the St Lucia campus at a time and location of the volunteer's choosing, and will last approximately 50 minutes. Participants will receive a summary of the major themes to emerge from this project. Details: click here or contact Kim Peters

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: Dr Claire Bradley

Ham/salami/bacon tasting

Regular meat consumers in the age group of 18-65 who are non-rejectors of processed meat are invited to participate in two meat tasting sessions on Monday 29 May and Tuesday 31 May between 9am-4.30pm. The sessions will be held at the Hartley Teakle Building Room N404, St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed with a $10 gift voucher per session. Details: uqsensory@uq.edu.au

Do you have pain on the outer side of your hip?

Volunteers aged 30–70 with pain on the outside of the hip are sought to participate in a UQ study of pain perception and physical function. Eligible participants will receive a free clinical assessment and information about their condition. Complete this survey for eligibility. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Are you free from muscle and joint pain?

Healthy women aged 35–70 with no pain or injuries in the last six months are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment of approximately two hours to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Does melatonin help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) sleep better?

Volunteers aged 6–17, diagnosed with ADHD, being treated with stimulant medication and experience sleep difficulties, particularly getting to sleep are sought for a study. Children’s sleeping would be monitored for two weeks in first phase. At the end of the two weeks, participants will be given the medication (either melatonin or a placebo) for six weeks. Keep a sleep diary during trial period and complete some questionnaires A report about whether the melatonin worked for your child will be given to your doctor to discuss with you, and to aid treatment planning. Details: click here or contact Dr Jane Nikles

Are you planning to retire anytime in the next six months?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking volunteers who are planning to retire in the next six months for a study on retirement transition. The study involves completing three online surveys of 30 minutes each at three time-points: within six months of planning to retire, within two months of retirement, and 3–6 months later. Participants will go into a prize draw to win Coles Group and Myer gift cards for completing each survey ($20, $30, and $50) and a results summary will be shared with participants who are interested. Details: click here or contact Ben Lam

Free testing of leg strength and balance

Would you like to have your leg strength and balance assessed? Physiotherapy researchers at UQ are seeking healthy volunteers to participate in strength and balance testing. Appointments are available to suit your schedule. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi

Memory in the brain

Researchers are seeking right-handed male adults aged 40–55  with no brain damage or known disorder to take part in a neuroimaging study on memory. This study will investigate the brain processes underlying ability to remember words and to retrieve personal memories, using two tasks and a short questionnaire. The experiment takes one hour, involves MRI imaging and two short follow-up phone calls, 24 hours and seven days later. All testing will take place at the Centre for Advanced Imaging. Participants will receive $60 reimbursement. Details: click here or contact Dr Lars Marstaller

Cognition in Motor Neuron Disease

Researchers are seeking healthy males with no known neurological conditions aged 45–75 to complete a three-hour cognitive assessment to assist with research in the field of Motor Neuron Disease. Testing includes assessment of skills such as memory, attention, and language, and takes place at UQ with free parking available. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Coles voucher for travel and time. Feedback of the results (cognitive strengths and weaknesses) can also be provided to participants if they wish. Details: Amelia Hobson

Could exercise help you learn a new language?

Healthy volunteers aged 60–85 who speak English as their primary language are sought to participate in a study. The aim of this study is to investigate if one session of exercise can improve language learning abilities in ageing. Participation will include a free fitness assessment with an accredited exercise physiologist, behavioural tasks and blood tests. This study will be held at the St Lucia campus School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Participants will be asked to attend three visits of two hours each and will be reimbursed up to $120 for their time and travel. Details: click here or email ELLA@cai.uq.edu.au

Eating, growing and gut bacteria research study for Brisbane babies

The Children’s Nutrition Research Centre is looking for Brisbane babies aged 6–24 months to participate in a study exploring the link between diet, growth and gut bacteria. This research will help us learn the best foods to give growing babies to promote lifelong health. Taking part in this research involves attending one appointment at the Centre for Children’s Health Research in South Brisbane, which can be arranged at your convenience with free parking provided. Participation includes an assessment of your child’s diet, growth and body composition by an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Details: Paula Smith-Brown

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 are held at the St Lucia campus. Details: click here or contact Paige Brooker

Healthy women without hip pain sought for study

Healthy women aged 35–70 with no hip pain and no other areas of pain that required treatment or affected usual work/activities in the past six months are sought to participate in a study of pain perception and physical function. Participants will be asked to attend one appointment of approximately two hours to perform tests on physical function and a number of sensation tests for heat, cold and pressure. Testing will take place at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: Melanie Plinsinga

Nutrient based supplements for depression

Volunteers aged 18–75 who are currently taking an antidepressant, but still experiencing depression are sought for an eight-week clinical trial testing a combination of nutrient based supplements (e.g. omega 3, zinc, folic acid). Participation involves taking a supplement (or matching dummy pills) twice per day over the eight-week period and attending five visits at the Mental Health Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH). Participants will be reimbursed $170 over the course of the study, in addition to receiving complementary supplements at the conclusion of the study. Details: click here or email nutrients-study@uq.edu.au

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

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