We are currently recruiting participants for the following trials/studies:
Muscle, Bone and Cardiometabolic Health
A novel exercise treatment to enhance bone strength in the proximal femur
Does the endosteal surface area of bone contribute to glycaemic control via undercarboxylated osteocalcin in post-menopausal women?
High Intensity Interval Training for fitness, health and weight loss
High Intensity Interval Training for Polycystic Ovary Sydnrome
Early Detection of Abnormal Pressure Distribution in the Diabetic Foot
Exercise and Immune System Research Study (Prostate Cancer)
Genetic and Metabolic Research Study
Born Small and Exercise
1. Muscle, Bone and Cardiometabolic Health
We’re looking for adults aged 50 years and older. You may be eligible for a study investigating the effects of body weight and muscle quality on falls and disability risk, bone health, and cardiovascular disease.
Participants in this study will attend one 2-3hr appointment at Sunshine Hospital. This study involves a blood test, measurements of muscle function and physical performance, and two clinical scans (DXA and pQCT) that assess body composition as well as muscle and bone quality. Following the study, participants and their nominated GP will be mailed a summary of their results for these tests.”
For an article covering the study in the Leader Newspaper, please visit:
For further enquiries, please contact: Dr. David Scott, The University of Melbourne, Phone: (03) 8395 8108, E-mail: d [dot] scott [at] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au
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2. A novel exercise treatment to enhance bone strength in the proximal femur
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the NorthWest Academic Centre are jointly studying the effect on bone health of a specific gym exercise treatment based on recent theoretical findings. If you are a woman aged between 18 and 45, conducting a sedentary lifestyle, and willing to start training in a common gym, you might be eligible to participate in the study. Your eligibility will be assessed through a screening questionnaire, and you will be given a detailed description of what participating in the study will involve. Half of the participants will receive instruction of the exercise to be executed no less than four days per week for six months in a gym. The other half will continue unchanged their sedentary lifestyle. Clinical scans (DEXA) taken on both groups at the NorthWest Academic Centre will be used to assess femoral bone changes caused by the exercise intervention.
The study has been approved by the ethics committee of The University of Melbourne (HREC 1339320.3).
For further enquiries, please contact: Dr. Saulo Martelli
email: saulo [dot] martelli [at] flinders [dot] edu [dot] au
3. Does the endosteal surface area of bone contribute to glycaemic control via undercarboxylated osteocalcin in post-menopausal women?
4. High Intensity Interval Training for fitness, health and weight loss
5. High Intensity Interval Training for Polycystic Ovary Sydnrome
6. Early Detection of Abnormal Pressure Distribution in the Diabetic Foot
Peripheral neuropathy, which causes damage to the nerves in the peripheral nervous system, often affects people with diabetes. The development of neuropathy can cause numbness, weakness, pain, partial or complete loss of sensation in the limbs, and structural changes to the foot. Diabetic neuropathy can also result in high or abnormal plantar pressure distribution in the feet, which when combined with a loss of sensation, plays a major role in the development of foot ulcers. Foot ulcers are among the most serious complications to affect the Australian diabetic population. The development of ulcers can severely affect diabetic patient’s wellbeing and quality of life, while also being financially burdening.
Researchers at Victoria University are looking for volunteers to participate in a project investigating methods for the early detection of abnormal plantar pressure that may put a diabetic individual at risk of foot ulceration. To be eligible as volunteer to participate in this test, you must be diabetic, over 18 years of age and without a history of foot ulcers. For more information please contact Linah Wafai at Linah [dot] wafai [at] live [dot] vu [dot] edu [dot] au or 03-9919 4854.
7. Exercise and Immune System Research Study (Prostate Cancer)
Prostate cancer treatment is linked to a number of side effects that can affect body composition, physical function, and quality of life. Exercise has been shown to be an effective complementary therapy to reduce many of these side effects but to date there is little information on the effects of exercise on the immune system during prostate cancer treatment. We are seeking to recruit prostate cancer patients and healthy men to undergo immune function testing before and after moderate intensity exercise with an interest in improving the exercise guidelines for cancer survivors.
8. Men and Women Needed for Genetic and Metabolic Research Study
Researchers in the Centre for Health, Research and Education and Exercise Metabolism Unit at the Sunshine Hospital are recruiting men and women between the ages of 20-50 with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 kg/m2 and less than 35 kg/m2 and/or Type 2 Diabetes to participate in a study designed to evaluate the relationship between the genetic variations in metabolic enzymes and the variations in substrate metabolic profiles in the blood following low and high-intensity exercise. Participants will be required to undergo cardiopulmonary and body composition testing and to also submit to blood sampling. Eligible participants will be compensated for their time in completing the study in addition to genetic testing, body composition analysis and nutritional counselling.
For more information contact:
Center for Health, Research and Education and Exercise Metabolism Unit at the Sunshine Hospital
99192566 or matt [dot] cooke [at] vu [dot] edu [dot] au
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