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Get involved in research at BASE

Most of our research projects rely on people like you volunteering to take part.

We have lots of different studies so why not have a read and volunteer for one today. Or join our database of volunteers so we can keep you up to date with what is happening at BASE.

Studies Recruiting Now at BASE

CLASS Study – Sleep, light and academic performance in teenagers

SWIFt Study – Shifting Weight in Shift Workers

Do you Sleep with a Bedpartner?

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you are invited to take part in a study that will help us find ways to improve treatments of insomnia

Seeking females with depression, aged from 18 to 30 years, fluent in English and Caucasian, for a study investigating how evening sleep hormones are affected by light in depression.

Have you had a Brain Injury? Do you have problems with sleeping?

Six-day in-laboratory sleep study needs healthy males aged 18-30 with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

Sleep and Memory study

Seeking healthy volunteers for sleep study – Minimum reimbursement of $2500 for completing all stages

Are you interested in learning more about anti-inflammatory eating? We are looking for post-menopausal women aged between 50-75 years who want to improve their diet!


CLASS Study – Sleep, light and academic performance in teenagers

Are you interested in how sleep and light affect your teenager’s academic performance?

We are looking for current year 7 students with regular access to a smartphone to participate in an exciting 2-year research study investigating how sleep, light and the internal body clock interact with academic performance and mood in teenagers.

What will the project involve for my teen?

  • Completing a daily sleep diary for 14 days, every 6 months
  • Wearing an activity watch for 14 days, every 6 months
  • Answering online questionnaires about mood, stress, sleep and lifestyle, every 6 months
  • 3 annual visits to Monash University for an 8-hour evening collection of saliva samples
  • 2 visits (Year 7 and Year 9) for a 1 hour literacy and numeracy assessment

Who are we looking for?

  • students currently in Year 7, living in Melbourne, with access to a smartphone, who intend to sit the NAPLAN, with no diagnosed neurodevelopmental, psychiatric or sleep disorders

What will we get?

  • up to $200 for your teen and $80 for you
  • receive personalised feedback on your teen’s sleep
  • movie vouchers on your teen’s birthday

If you would like your teenager to participate, please have them complete the survey by using the link below: https://is.gd/CLASSinterest

Consent from a parent/legal guardian is required to participate in this research.

If you have any questions please email base.class@monash.edu

Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee – Project Number 18718


SWIFt Study - Shifting Weight in Shift Workers

You’re invited to be part of a world-first study trialling weight loss interventions in night shift workers.

SWIFt is focused on finding a suitable diet plan for weight loss in overweight shift workers who have little choice but to eat and work at night. Three diet plans will be investigated.

What’s involved?

  • Volunteers will be given a dietary weight loss program to follow for six months
  • After this period, be followed for one year to measure weight maintenance
  • Meet with a dietitian at every visit
  • Have your blood glucose levels, insulin and body composition measured throughout the study
  • During this time some of your meals will be provided
  • You’ll also be given a $100 petrol voucher for your time

Am I eligible?

Are you overweight, with no underling medical condition and work at least 4 night shifts every 2 weeks?

Take our screening questionnaire to see if you are eligible.

What are the benefits?

Read more about the study and how you will benefit

Approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee Project ID: 18426 and Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee Ref: RES-19-0000-462A


Do you Sleep with a Bedpartner?

If so, you are invited to help us understand whether sleeping with your bedpartner affects your sleep and well-being in any way. Monash University seeks couples over the age of 18, fluent in English, who do not currently experience any untreated sleep disorders.

What is involved?

  • One meeting (approx. 2 hours) where you and your partner will each complete questionnaires and interviews.
  • Monitoring of your sleep/wake for one week after your visit (5-10min each morning).

After hours appointments available. Couples of all gender identities welcome.

Participants will receive up to $75 per person for completing the study.

For more information, contact: base.couples@monash.edu – or head to tinyurl.com/bedpartners.

MUHREC Project Number 2016 - 0199.


Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you are invited to take part in a study that will help us find ways to improve treatments of insomnia

Monash University Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory is conducting new research that aims to improve the effectiveness of insomnia treatments and to find out whether having a bed partner affects a person’s sleep in any way.

What is involved?

  • Completion  of questionnaires and interviews
  • One  overnight stay at the Monash sleep lab
  • Seven weekly  one hour insomnia treatment sessions (either by yourself or with your partner)
  • A follow-up  session six months later
  • Monitoring  of your sleep/wake times

You may be eligible if:

  • You  experience insomnia
  • You have a  stable bed partner happy to be involved in the study
  • You do not  have any untreated sleep disorders apart from insomnia
  • You are 18  years of age or over
  • You are  fluent in English

Reimbursement

You will receive all  study-related care at no charge. You will be compensated rewarded for your time  for completing all of the non-treatment parts of the study such questionnaires  (up to $260 for you and up to $120 for your partner).

Contact:
If you are interested in participating, or  require more information, please contact us at base.rest@monash.edu or 9905  5912.


Seeking females with depression, aged from 18 to 30 years, fluent in English and Caucasian, for a study investigating how evening sleep hormones are affected by light in depression.

Eligible participants:

  • Will not have any medical or sleep disorders.
  • Will not be taking medications that could affect  sleep (including antidepressant medication).
  • Will be non-smokers, not pregnant, and not  taking hormonal contraception.
  • Will have a body mass index (BMI) of between 18  and 30.

The study involves:

  • Screening for medical, sleep and psychiatric  disorders over the phone and in person.
  • Approximately 3 weeks of in-home sleep  monitoring, measured by a wrist-worn activity monitor and diary.
  • 2 in-lab sessions at the Monash University BASE  Facility sleep laboratory of up to approximately 7 hours each.
  • The collection of urine samples in your home.
  • Participants will be reimbursed up to $250 upon  completion of the study. For those who are experiencing depression and are not  receiving treatment, there will be an opportunity for a follow up assessment  and you would be reimbursed accordingly.

Please email base.moodclock@monash.edu for more information.

MUHREC project approval number: CF15/3421-2015001461


Have you had a Brain Injury? Do you have problems with sleeping?

We are looking for individuals to participate in a research  study testing the effects of a medication called Circadin® to treat sleep disturbances in individuals who have had a brain injury.

To be eligible you need to:

  • Have had a brain injury such as a Traumatic Brain Injury or Stroke
  • Currently have sleep problems

What will the project involve?

  • Receive two treatments during the trial:
    • Circadin® (melatonin-mg prolonged release  formulae);
    • Non-active placebo.
  • 10 week study – 4 visits with a researcher (1 – 1 ½ hour each);
  • Answer questions about your health, fatigue, sleep and mood;
  • Sleep difficulties assessed by a sleep physician;
  • Blood tests for safety assessments;
  • Fill in a sleep diary and wear a wrist device (like a watch) to  measure your sleep patterns.

For more information, or if you are interested in participating please  email Jade Murray or Olivia McConchie (e) brainsleepstudy@gmail.com

This study has been approved by  MUHREC - CF11/1900 - 2011001061


Six-day in-laboratory sleep study needs healthy males aged 18-30 with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

Monash University Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory is conducting a study examining the effects of light on the timing of sleep in participants with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (fall asleep late and find it hard to wake up early).

The study involves: meeting with a sleep physician and undergoing a psychological assessment. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule at home for 2-3 weeks. Collection of saliva samples over single evening in your home. A six-day stay at the Monash B.A.S.E sleep laboratory, which involves neurobehavioral testing, monitoring of your sleep and circadian patterns, non-invasive biological sampling, two periods of extended wakefulness up to 30 hours and exposure to light.

You will be compensated $2050 for completion of all components of the study Eligible participants will be: Caucasian background, not taking any medications, an English speaker and not participated any shift work or overseas travel in the last 3 months.

If you are interested in participating, or require more information, please contact: Base.dspdlight@monash.edu

Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee Approval Project number: CF15/725 - 2015000331


Sleep and Memory Study

Every wonder how sleep can help you remember things or make  you feel less upset?

We are studying whether a daytime nap can improve memory for  visual and emotional information.

Participation primarily involves spending one  full day in the sleep lab, wearing a wrist-watch like device for the week  before and completing brief diaries the week after. Compensation is $75 for completing the whole study. Males 18-35.

If interested, please contact: Esther Sammut by email on  eesam1@student.monash.edu or 0431 483 428.


Seeking healthy volunteers for sleep study – Minimum reimbursement of $2500 for completing all stages

The BASE Decision Study is currently seeking healthy males and females for the investigation of how sleep restriction may affect decision making.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are aged between 21 - 45
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have no current medical, psychiatric or sleep conditions
  • Have not engaged in overnight shift work for the past year

What is involved?

  • Telephone and online screening for medical, psychiatric, and sleep disorders
  • Two separate weeks of at-home monitoring
  • Two separate 5-day inpatient stays at the Monash University Sleep Laboratory

Register your interest here or email base.decision@monash.edu for more information.

MUHREC Approval Number: 8032


Are you interested in learning more about anti-inflammatory eating? We are looking for post-menopausal women aged between 50-75 years who want to improve their diet!

You are eligible if you: 

Are female

Are post-menopausal with at least 1 year since your last menstrual cycle

Are between the age of 50 (inclusive) and 75 (inclusive) years

Have no history of kidney, heart, blood, lung, gastrointestinal, hormone or nervous system diseases, psychiatric disorders or active cancer

Are not fitted with an implanted cardiac defibrillator (i.e. pacemaker)

What is involved? 

The study will go for 4 weeks and will require a minimum of 3 visits to the Monash University BASE facility in Notting Hill.

For one of these visits you will be asked to participate in a workshop with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) who will counsel you to implement the study diet.

You will have blood samples taken at the start and end of the study.

You will also receive:

  1. A one-on-one 60-minute consult with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) at the closure of the study;
  2. A free body composition analysis using SECA analysis;
  3. A free copy of the Monash University e-book ’Using Food as Medicine: Fighting Inflammation’ and a hamper of speciality food products.

Interested in participating? 

Take our screening questionnaire (please hyperlink the words ‘screening questionnaire’ to the following webpage https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1AK8fUbBDyrNHgh) to see if you are eligible.

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Cowan: 0422 741 116

Email: stephanie.cowan@monash.edu

MUHREC Approval Number: 18521