Research Study Participation Opportunities

Research Study Participation Opportunities

Select from the Study Titles below to view details of the Participation Opportunities.

A Controlled Trial of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as a Treatment for Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

Research Study Title

A Controlled Trial of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as a Treatment for Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

Brief Descrition

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a novel treatment approach for depression that has shown promising efficacy in four recent double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled trials (RCT) and a meta-analysis. This study is a sham-controlled RCT of tDCS in depressed patients, testing its efficacy in both unipolar and bipolar depression. As a potential new brain stimulation treatment, tDCS has excellent potential for translation into widespread clinical use, being relatively inexpensive, easy to use, painless, and based on currently available evidence, safe.

Participants Desired

Participants experiencing depression including bipolar depression

Closing date for Participant Applications

Ongoing through to end of 2015

Contact Person

Angelo Alonzo
(02) 9382 2987
a.alonzo@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information

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Autonomic activity and its relationship to health and well-being in ageing

Research Study Title: Autonomic activity and its relationship to health and well-being in ageing

Brief Description: This study aims to examine how autonomic nervous system activity (the part of the nervous system that automatically regulates heart rate and breathing) changes throughout the normal ageing process, and how these changes relate to everyday wellbeing and functioning.

Participants Desired:

  • Between 50 and 80 years of age, and generally healthy*;
  • No significant health conditions*, such as uncontrolled endocrine conditions (e.g. diabetes or thyroid disease), major heart conditions (e.g., pacemakers), autoimmune diseases, chronic infections, neurological diseases, primary sleep disorders, or psychotic or substance abuse disorders;
  • are not pregnant;
  • are not taking any regular medications for chronic health conditions* (other than low-dose anti-depressants, low-dose analgesics, or the oral contraceptive pill), including beta-blockers/anti-hypertensives, corticosteroids, anti-convulsives, benzodiazepines, major analgesics, or other centrally active drugs

* If you are interested in participating, but are not sure if you are eligible, please give us a call or email and we can help to assess if you meet the inclusion criteria.

Closing date for Participant Applications: 8th September 2016

Contact Person: Jason Tan

Phone: (02) 9385 2942

Emailhuman.behav@unsw.edu.au

INFORMATION FLYER

 

Emotion Regulation Study

Research Study Title

Emotion Regulation Study

Brief Descrition

Bipolar II disorder and personality-based emotion changes share many symptoms and can therefore be difficult to differentiate. Both conditions often require different treatments, therefore accurate diagnosis is essential. We seek to develop a questionnaire to assist with differentiation of the two conditions.

Participants Desired

Participants diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder or a Borderline Personality style

Closing date for Participant Applications

N/A

Contact Person

Rebecca
(02)9382 9269
depression.research@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information 

Link to details

 

Enhancing verbal learning and memory using high definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS)

Research Study Title

Enhancing verbal learning and memory using high definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) 

Brief Descrition

This project will use a new form of non-invasive brain stimulation called high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) to facilitate verbal learning. This form of stimulation is similar to transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) but allows for more spatially focused stimulation. HD-tDCS will be applied for 20 minutes to three regions thought to be important to verbal learning during an auditory word memorization task, These regions include the left hippocampus, Wernicke’s area, and the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, in addition to a sham condition.

Participants Desired

Healthy participants

Closing date for Participant Applications

N/A

Contact Person

Donel Martin
(02) 9382 9261
donel.martin@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information

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How do adolescents experience the death of a relative or a friend?


Research study title

How do adolescents experience the death of a relative or a friend?

Brief description

How do adolescents experience the death of a relative or a friend?

We are looking for young people to participate in a study.

We want to learn about the impact of death on adolescents, and how to better help bereaved adolescents.

You can take part in this study, if you:

  • Have lost a relative or a friend through suicide or other type of death when you were aged between 12 and 18 years old
  • Experienced the loss between 6 months and 10 years ago

You can also participate in the study if you have NOT experienced such a loss during the past ten years

What do you have to do?

We will ask you to fill in a questionnaire, with questions on how you experienced the loss, and what helped or hindered you coping with the loss.

Info on our website: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/research/Adolescentgrief.cfm

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Mindfulness-based practice to enhance sleep quality in patients with depression and chronic fatigue syndrome

Research Study Title:

Mindfulness-based practice to enhance sleep quality in patients with depression and chronic fatigue syndrome

Brief Description:

This study aims to assess the impact of three weeks of daily practice of a mindfulness-based relaxation activity (individually selected for each participant to generate the best bodily response) on improving sleep quality and wellbeing in patients with depression or chronic fatigue syndrome. The findings from this study may help researchers to better understand the factors contributing to, as well as ways to improve, poor sleep quality and everyday functioning in depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Participants Desired:

  • between 18 and 65 years of age;
  • have been diagnosed with depression or chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • willing and able to attend our UNSW laboratory on two occasions, approximately 3 weeks between visits;
  • have no other significant illness, such as heart conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, chronic infections, psychotic disorders, or primary sleep disorders;
  • have no significant hearing impairment;
  • are not pregnant;
  • are not taking any regular medications (other than anti-depressants, or oral contraceptive pill), including beta-blockers/anti-hypertensives, corticosteroids, anti-convulsives, benzodiazepines, major analgesics, or other centrally active drugs

Closing date for Participant Applications:

December 2016

Contact Person:

Gina Lee

Phone: (02) 9385 2942

Email: human.behav@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information:

Brochure

Research study website: http://mindfulness-unsw.weebly.com/

Sydney Centenarian Study

Research Study Title

Sydney Centenarian Study

Brief Descrition

Study looking at brains of 95+ year olds

Participants Desired

172 (have 328)

Closing date for Participant Applications

N/A

Contact Person

Charlene Levitan
c.levitan@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information 

Link to details

tDCS - Brain Stimulation & Cognitive Training

Research Study Title

tDCS - Brain Stimulation & Cognitive Training

Brief Descrition

Combining mild brain stimulation with brain training on patients with MCI

Participants Desired

75

Closing date for Participant Applications

N/A

Contact Person

Adith Mohan
(02) 9382 9261
a.mohan@unsw.edu.au

Flyer/Information 

Link to details

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