Volunteer/participate in research

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

Amino Acid Beverage and Gut Protection Study

Living and Eating for Health Nutrition (LEHS) Study

Dietary Intake: Associations with Mood and Non-communicable Disease (DIAMOND Study)

Reducing Period Pains with Better Gut Health

Exposing Non-traditional Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

SWIFt Study – Shifting Weight in Shift Workers


Amino Acid Beverage and Gut Protection Study

We invite you to participate in original research investigating the role in Amino Acid Beverage composition in mitigating these gut issues around exercise.

Benefits of taking part in this study:

  • Individual results from a full body composition and fitness (VO2max test) assessment.
  • Heart Rate and gastrointestinal responses to exercise including breath gases and blood tests.
  • Sports Dietitian support and feedback.
  • Food provided for 24 hours prior to each experimental trial (including breakfast on the morning of the trial), and a recovery drink and meal after each trial.
  • Contributing to novel sports dietetic research.
  • $200 gift voucher.

What is required?

  • Male recreational, amateur and elite level endurance athletes aged 18-49 Years.
  • Free from gastrointestinal disease and/or conditions
  • Physically able to run for two hours in the heat.
  • Able to attend Monash University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics- Be Active Sleep and Eat (BASE) Facility in Notting Hill for one preliminary fitness assessment (1 Hour) and then 2 full days approximately 2 weeks apart.

Interest? Contact Dr. Rebekah Alcock: Rebekah.alcock@monash.edu OR Alex Parr: Alex.parr@monash.edu


Living and Eating for Health Nutrition (LEHS) Study

We are part of a study that is interested in young adult’s attitudes, behaviours and food choices.

What’s involved?

  • A 20 minute online survey about health, lifestyle and social media behaviours.
  • Online survey about what you ate in the past 24 hours. This will be done on three separate days.

Participants will be provided with a personalised dietary feedback report and also go in the draw to win one of five $50 gift cards after the study is completed.

If you are aged between 18-30 years and live in Australia, we are inviting you to take part in this study.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Alternatively, contact our researchers: Wei Yee Saw wsaw0003@student.monash.edu, Heidi Ng heidi.ng@monash.edu, Isabella Morton-Pedersen imor0004@student.monash.edu or Chief Investigator Dr Tracy McCaffrey tracy.mccaffrey@monash.edu


Dietary Intake: Associations with Mood and Non-communicable Disease (DIAMOND Study)

We are interested in understanding more about the relationship between the food you eat, cardiovascular disease risk factors and mood.

Participation involves a 2-hour morning testing session at the BASE research facility in Notting Hill and includes:

  • Completing surveys on your general health, diet, activity and mood levels.
  • Measurements of your body composition, a blood sample of cardiovascular risk markers and a urine sample.
  • Ultrasound measurements of your blood vessel function.

Volunteers will receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher for their time and a FREE copy of your results.


If you are 18+ years of age and you would like to know more about this project, please contact diamond.study@monash.edu or take the online screening survey.


Reducing Period Pains with Better Gut Health

Volunteers are needed for a research project looking at whether the composition of the gut microbiome changes across the menstrual cycle.

What’s involved

Women who experience PMS symptoms will be asked to track their menstrual cycles, food intake, gastrointestinal function and mood for two months and provide stool samples at three times during the menstrual cycle.

Who should volunteer?
Women who experience symptoms of PMS, painful periods, heavy bleeding and/or altered gastrointestinal symptoms.
Twenty Melbourne-based volunteers aged 18 years or over are sought for the trial.

To register or to find out more, email: nicole.kellow@monash.edu


Exposing Non-traditional Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

The Diabetes Australia funded Postprandial Lipids study is being conducted by researchers from the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University to better understand non-traditional risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes.

If you are of Chinese or Caucasian descent and are between the ages of 18 to 64 years of age, we are inviting to you participate in this study.

If you are interested in participating you can take our screening survey.

See flyer for more information.

If you would like more information about the study you can contact Sarah Lee at sarah.lee2@monash.edu.


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