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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

The Impact of Endurance Running on Gut and Immune Health in Young and Adult Athletes

How does Hydration Status Effect Cognitive Function in Athletes?

Do Pre- and Probiotics Reduce Gut Problems During Distance Running?

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


The Impact of Endurance Running on Gut and Immune Health in Young and Adult Athletes

Aim: We are studying the impact of endurance running on gut and immune health in young athletes.

Participant groups: 1) Runners aged 15-18 years old who are able to complete 3 hours running at moderate intensity.

2) Runners aged 30-49 years old who are able to complete 3 hours running at moderate intensity.

What is involved?

Participants attend our laboratory at Notting Hill, Melbourne (near Clayton) on 2 occasions.

Visit 1: Body composition (BIA, DEXA scan for 15-18 year olds) , VO2max & familiarisation (1- 1.5h).

Visit 2: 3 hours running on treadmill plus follow-up tests for 2 hours post-exercise (~6 hours but can bring a laptop to use for ~2 hours of that).

Visit 3 (for runners aged 15-18 years old): Follow-up DEXA scan 12 months later (~30 mins).

Benefits:

Receive individual results from a full fitness assessment (VO2 max & body composition) that could help your performance. - Learn how your body responds to endurance exercise.

Payment for completing all aspects of the study will be in the form of a $200 Myers Group voucher.

For more information contact Pascale: 0434 637 153 or pascale.young@monash.edu


How does Hydration Status Effect Cognitive Function in Athletes?

We’re inviting distance runners aged 18-55 years old to participate in a study investigating the effect of different rehydration beverages on hydration status and cognitive function.

Participants: Runners aged 18-55 years old who are able to complete 2 hours running at 60% of maximal effort in 30°C ambient temperature and low (20-40%) relative humidity, to stimulate sweating

Participants will receive the following:

  • Insight into how your body recovers from exercise & responds to nutrition interventions, which may provide valuable information that can be used in your normal sporting activities.
  • Fitness assessment report (valued at $200).
  • $100 gift voucher.

Location: Participants attend our laboratory at Notting Hill (near Clayton) on 4 occasions. The first visit for initial assessment and VO2 max testing, following by three additional visits, one week apart.

In each of these three visits, participants will be asked to complete a cognitive test before and after 2 hour of running exercise at 60% of maximal effort (e.g. easy long-run pace) in 30°C ambient temperature and low (20-40%) relative humidity, to stimulate sweating. Participants will then consume an experimental beverage and a recovery snack/small meal 2 hours post run.

After a 3 hour rest period, participants will be required to complete a distance running test for 60 minutes on the treadmill in 20°C ambient temperature.

For more information contact Alice 0405 677 178 or alice.mika@monash.edu


Do Pre- and Probiotics Reduce Gut Problems During Distance Running?

We’re studying the impact of 8 weeks supplementation with a new combined pre/probiotic supplement on gastrointestinal function, symptoms and stress response during running in a hot environment (30°C).

Participants: Runners aged 18-55 who are able to complete 3 hours running at 60% max effort (easy long-run pace)

Location: Participants attend our laboratory at Notting Hill, Melbourne on 3 occasions:

Visit 1: VO2max test and familiarisation (Visit time 1-1.5hours)

Visits 2 & 3: Completed prior to, and after 8 weeks supplementation with a new pre/probiotic supplement. Involves 3 hours running at 60% VO2max in 30°C, follow up testing for 3 hours post exercise recovery.

You can work on a laptop for around 2 hours of the recovery period. Total visit time is around 6 hours.

Participants will receive:

  • Study food for 3 days before each trial, personalised to meet your requirements.
  • Pre-exercise meal to be consumed on the day of the trial.
  • Individual results from a full fitness assessment (VO2max test & body composition)
  • An understanding of how your gut responds to exercise duration (i.e. running)

(Combined services typically valued at ~$805)

For more information contact Alice 0405 677 178 or alice.mika@monash.edu


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 Stephanie Gaskell: Stephanie.Gaskell@monash.edu, 0417 122 070 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