Volunteer/participate in research - BASE

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

Fighting Inflammation with Food

Shifting Weight using Intermittent Fasting in night shift workers: SWIFt Study

Shifting the Risk: A study investigating meal timing and heart health in shift workers

Do you Sleep with a Bedpartner?

Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels?  Could you take a daily seaweed supplement?

Ultra-Endurance Research: Run Larapinta, Alice Springs 11 to 14 August 2017

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

Sleeping Mums Study

Small, medium, large, extra-large or supersize . . . too much choice or not enough?

Sleep and Memory study

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


Fighting Inflammation with Food

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food are investigating the effect of consuming a range of anti-inflammatory food compounds on inflammatory markers in the blood. These include the many polyphenols, antioxidants and fibres present in the foods we eat.

What is involved?

  • The study will go for 5 weeks and will require 4 visits to the Monash University BASE facility in Notting Hill.
  • On three visits you will be provided with a meal and have a series of blood samples taken.

Upon completion you will receive:

  • Free nutrition consultations with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD);
  • A free body composition analysis using a DXA scan valued at $100;
  • A free copy of the Monash University e-book ’Using Food as Medicine: Fighting Inflammation’.

Take our screening questionnaire to see if you are eligible.  For further information, please contact: Stephanie Cowan on: (03) 9902 4272 or 0422 741 116 Email: stephanie.cowan@monash.edu.

MUHREC Project number: 8776.


Shifting Weight using Intermittent Fasting in night shift workers: SWIFt Study

We are looking for volunteers who work at night for the SWIFt study at Monash University – Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food.

Typical weight loss strategies may not be as effective in shift workers owing to the hours you work and when you have to eat.   We propose investigating the effectiveness of a dietary weight loss intervention that may be better suited to your shift schedules known as ‘intermittent fasting’.

What is involved?

  • The study will go for 13 weeks and will require 6 visits to the Monash University BASE facility in Notting Hill.
  • On five visits you will have your weight measured and answer some questionnaires.

Take our screening questionnaire to see if you are eligible.  Please read the Explanatory Statement of SWIFt study.  For further information, please contact: Julia Liu or Jenny Robinson at Phone: (03) 9902 4277 or 0421 315 946 Email: jrob0018@student.monash.edu.

MUHREC Project number: 2017-8619-10329.


Shifting the Risk: A study investigating meal timing and heart health in shift workers

We are looking for volunteers who work at night!

We are conducting a study to look at the effects of meal timing on cardiovascular risk markers, blood sugar and blood fats.

What is involved? 

  • The study will go for 13 weeks and will require 4 visits to the Monash University BASE facility in Notting Hill, Victoria.
  • On three visits you will be provided with a breakfast meal and have your blood sugar and fats monitored.
  • Upon completion, you will receive $300 as compensation and a free dietary consult.

To take our screening questionnaire to see if you are eligible please click here or to read the Explanatory Statement for the research please click here. For further information please contact: Rochelle Davis or Gloria Leung Phone: (03) 9902 4199 or 0490 887 573 Email: med.shiftwork.study@monash.edu

MUHREC Project Number: 2017-8619-10329


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.


Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels?  Could you take a daily seaweed supplement?

Come and be part of a study to find out if taking a seaweed supplement can lower cholesterol levels and help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Do you think you might have high cholesterol?
  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 65?
  • Do you have a BMI between 25 and 35 kg/m2?

Then contact Margaret Murray to find out more Email: margaret.murray@monash.edu Phone: 9902 4199.  Or CLICK HERE to take our online survey to find out if you are eligible.

The study will take place at the Notting Hill BASE facility and will involve four visits, of approx. 30 minutes, over the course of 12 weeks.  Upon completion you’ll receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher, a free 30 minute nutrition consultation and body composition report valued at $100, and go into the draw to win an iPad!  See flyer.

Ultra-Endurance Research: Run Larapinta, Alice Springs 11 to 14 August 2017

Exercise physiology and sports dietetic researchers from Monash University, Department of Nutrition Dietetics & Food, will be testing a newly formulated dehydrated meal range, at this year’s Run Larapinta. The range of quick to prepare and tasty meals are aimed at supporting the energy and nutritional requirements of ultra-endurance athletes during multi-day events. The researchers are looking to recruit a group of runners who wish to volunteer to taste test the meal range along the Run Larapinta multi-stage event. Runners will be free to consume any foods and beverages ad libitum, and integrate the provided meals within normal dietary habits. Runners who choose to consume solely their own foods and beverages ad libitum can still take part in the research.

What is involved?

Before the start of Run Larapinta:

  • Complete a pre-event questionnaire that will include a food-fluid diary indicating your intended intake during Run Larapinta
  • Have your body composition analysed
  • Have your hydration status analysed

During Run Larapinta:

  • Wear a small SenseWear monitor on your triceps that will record your energy expenditure along the event
  • Complete a food-fluid diary, which will include a symptom and meal sensory log
  • Consume the provided meals (where applicable), alongside your normal food/fluid intake choices

At the finish of Run Larapinta:

  • Have your body composition analysed
  • Have your hydration status analysed

Benefits of participating:

  • You will be provided with a range of specialised dehydrated meals (x4 meals per day, where applicable)
  • Participants that complete all elements of the research will be offered a gift voucher to the value of $100
  • As part of the research, participants will be provided with a full body composition, nutritional and hydration report
  • By taking part in this study you will also gain an insight into how your body responds to a multi-stage ultra-marathon, which may provide valuable information that can be used in future multi-day events

Further information and contacts:

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


Want to help us understand how sleep may change your weight gain in pregnancy?

Monash University is conducting a research study examining the relationship between sleeping habits, nutritional intake and changes in weight during pregnancy.

  • Who can participate in this study?
    • Healthy, first-time mothers, <15 weeks gestation
  • What will this study involve?
    • This study will involve you being randomised to one of the following groups:
      • Group 1: Intervention group to increase sleep opportunity
      • Group 2: Control group with enhanced pregnancy monitoring
  • You will be asked to complete the following during your pregnancy:
    • At home
      • Actigraphy: wear a small wrist-worn device that measures your light exposure and movement each day
      • Specialised EEG sleep assessment: wear a light-weight device to bed on 3 separate nights during pregnancy to measure your sleeping patterns
      • Nutrition check-up: complete a 3-day food diary before each study visit
    • Out-of-home
      • Attend 7 study visits during pregnancy to collect information on your body composition, diet, blood pressure, glucose tolerance and well-being. (Visits will be scheduled with your antenatal appointments where possible)
      • Fasting blood sample: a quick finger-prick device will be used to measure your blood glucose and insulin levels at each study visit
  • You will be compensated with Hoyts movie vouchers on completion of all components of the study.

If interested please contact our team via email on: christie.bennett@monash.edu


testing

Small, medium, large, extra-large or supersize...too much choice or not enough?

How do you choose how much food to eat?

Researchers within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University have developed an online quiz on food portion sizes -- It will test your current knowledge and practices around portion control.

We ask that you please take 10-15 minutes of your time to follow the link provided below and complete this quiz.

https://monashmnhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2t6DDxu49sNpPKZ

If you have any questions please feel free to contact: Miss Kellie Hamill or Dr. Tracy McCaffrey: base.nutrition@monash.edu


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