The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is seeking volunteers to participate to research projects.

Check our list of active projects below.

Your time and involvement will help to make a difference, and we are grateful for your contribution to our research projects

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Projects recruiting volunteers

Peer Support and Exercise Trial

Title

Peer Support and Exercise Trial

Project Description

The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences in conjunction with Cancer Council Queensland are conducting a research project to determine whether peer- support can improve exercise adherence and the health of cancer survivors beyond the duration of a short-term supervised training program.

Who can participate

  • Aged over 18 years old
  • Have previous been diagnosed with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer
  • At least one-month post conclusion of treatment for cancer and
  • not anticipating undergoing treatment during the study period

What you can receive

12 months free access to bikes at certain YMCA facilities

Individualised exercise training from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Regular assessments of your fitness level, body composition and bone mineral density

Contact details

Chloe Salisbury  peerstudy@uq.edu.au http://www.peersupportandexercise.com/about  

Until

31/7/2020

PAI for Diabetes

Title

PAI for Diabetes

Project Description

The purpose of this program is to help people design and individually tailor exercise options that suit their preferences and lifestyle to manage diabetes.

This will be done through the use of Physical Activity Intelligence (PAI). Participants in this study will be given a free fitness monitoring device valued at approximately $200.

Who can participate

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

Over 20 years old

Doing less than 150 minutes per week of structured exercise

Have a smartphone

What you can receive

4 x 2 hour workshops with an exercise physiologist

a fitness tracker watch valued at approximately $200

Contact details

Kaitlyn O'Leary paifordiabetes@uq.edu.au

0439 021 529

Until

30/09/2019

Ankle training to improve control and walking ability in individuals with cerebral palsy

Title

Ankle training to improve control and walking ability in individuals with cerebral palsy

Project Description

It is not known how the brain of those with cerebral palsy can learn and adapt to improve motor skills. It is important to gain a greater insight into whether and how the brain and spinal cord in individuals with cerebral palsy are able to adapt when challenged to improve movement impairments using novel ankle training equipment. This may assist in determining effective ways to maximise function and quality of life over the lifespan.

Who can participate

Individuals with spastic type cerebral palsy aged 15-35 who can walk independently (with or without an aid).

What you can receive

Participants are reimbursed $120 to assist with travel related costs for participating in the study.

Free parking is also available.

Contact details

Shari O'Brien

0451 297 485

s.obrien12@uq.edu.au

Until

30/04/2020

Cardiovascular disease risk: fitness versus fatness

Title

Cardiovascular disease risk: fitness versus fatness

Project Description

Are you interested in understanding more about your body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness level and cardiovascular health?

 

Physical activity and weight management are important components of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. This study is looking at the links between cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity levels, body composition and novel early markers of cardiovascular disease risk. Understanding these links will enable researchers to determine future targets for lifestyle therapy to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

You will undertake a comprehensive assessment of fitness, body composition and cardiovascular disease risk across three visits to the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. These visits include: a fitness test, a blood test, body composition scans [dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)] and assessments of your blood vessels via ultrasound. This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2018002663]

Who can participate

You are potentially eligible for this study if you are:

25-69 years old with a waist circumference measuring ≥ 80 cm for women and ≥ 94 cm for men

What you can receive

FREE body composition assessment (fat mass, lean mass, abdominal fat, liver fat)

FREE maximal exercise test

FREE cardiovascular risk assessment score

FREE vascular assessment

$100 gift card for your time and associated travel costs upon completion of the three study visits.

Contact details

Please contact Dr Shelley Keating: s.keating@uq.edu.au

Until

1/07/2020

Brain Blood Flow, Blood Pressure and Exercise

Title

Brain Blood Flow, Blood Pressure and Exercise

Project Description

Are you interested in how brain health changes with age? Initial research has shown that people with higher blood pressure have poor function of the arteries feeding the brain. This is linked to the future risks of dementia and stroke. This study will look at the function of arteries feeding the brain at rest, and during a handgrip exercise task in middle-aged males and females. With ageing, changes in brain health differ between males and females. As part of this study, we are also looking to understand how menopause influences brain health. If we can improve blood flow to the brain with acute exercise in middle-aged males and females, in the future we may be able to use exercise to trigger positive adaptations to the health of the arteries feeding the brain. Within the Physiology and Ultrasound Laboratory in Science and Exercise (PULSE) at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, you will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your blood pressure, vascular and brain artery function using novel, non-invasive ultrasound techniques. As part of this assessment, you will be asked to complete a short, submaximal handgrip task

Who can participate

Middle aged males and females age 40-65 years

Adults with high blood pressure

Adults with normal blood pressure

What you can receive

Free assessment of peripheral and central blood pressure

Free, novel assessment of brain artery function

Free, novel assessment of vascular structure and function

Free parking

Contact details

Tom.Bailey@uq.edu.au  or complete a very quick online survey to see if you are eligible https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PL995VC

Until

1/03/2020