Participate in our studies

At IPAN, we research human health and some studies require real, every-day people to take part.

Would you be interested? You may be asked to undergo clinical tests, follow diets or exercise programs, fill in surveys or trial tools and resources.

We run a variety of both long and short-term studies. Some may require participants who meet certain criteria such as age, gender, health status or live in a particular postcode.

We’re currently seeking participants in the following studies:

IMPACT: Prostate cancer and exercise study

We know exercise training is beneficial for men with prostate cancer. We know that it can potentially improve various aspects of health affected by both prostate cancer and the associated treatments. However, we don’t know if combining exercise training with optimal nutrition can achieve better results.

This study will investigate the health benefits of a new exercise and nutrition program for men with prostate cancer treated with androgen deprivation (hormone) therapy. Everyone will receive vitamin D supplements and half will receive a year-long supervised exercise program and daily nutritional supplement. Recruitment is ongoing until the required number of men are recruited.

This project is a collaboration between Deakin University and Alfred Health.

What does the study involve?

As part of this study you may receive:

  • FREE vitamin D supplements and a daily nutritional supplement
  • FREE (or subsidised) exercise program
  • FREE assessment of bone density and muscle mass.

I’m interested, how do I get involved?

We'll send you details about the study and contact you by phone to discuss your eligibility for the study.

Register now

Jack Dalla
Email Jack Dalla
+61 3 9246 8347

Improving glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes with vitamin C

This project will investigate whether antioxidant vitamin C supplementation results in a clinically important improvement in glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes.

Forty females and males with type 2 diabetes (aged 45-75) will take vitamin C (0.5g twice daily) and placebo for four months each, in a random order.

Key glucose control measures taken at the start and end of each four-month treatment period will be determined through use of a continuous glucose monitor and a blood test. Participants will be required to visit our Clinical Research Laboratory at Deakin University in Burwood, Melbourne on each testing occasion.

Shaun Mason
Email Shaun Mason
+61 3 9244 6577

LET’S Move! – Ladies’ Exercise, Training and Supplement Study

The LET’S MOVE! Study is a 4-month trial that will investigate whether a daily milk-derived nutritional drink combined with a community-based strength and mobility exercise program can improve muscle power, fitness, body composition, balance, mobility and general well-being in women aged 45-65 years. To be eligible to participate in the study, women must spend a large portion of their day sitting and not engaging in more than 150 minutes per week of regular strenuous physical activity. Click below to determine if you might be eligible.

All women that participate in the study will receive:

  • A free 4-month membership to a local health and fitness centre
  • A structured exercise program supervised by qualified trainers
  • Free nutritional supplements
  • An assessment of their body composition, muscle strength and function
  • Up to $300 compensation, depending on the level of adherence to the program.

The exercise training will be conducted across a range of local health and fitness centres throughout metropolitan Melbourne. At present the current health and fitness centres are located in Ashburton, Boronia, Box Hill, Caulfield, Croydon, Glen Waverley, Hawthorn and Nunawading. If you are interested in being involved in the study, you must be willing to travel to one of the centres twice a week for 16 weeks to complete the training.

In addition to the training, all women will be asked to attend Deakin University in Burwood on 3 separate occasions over the 4-month study to complete a wide range of health and functional tests. You will also be asked to attend a local pathology clinic to provide a blood and urine sample on 2 occasions.

More information about the study (PDF)

Click here to determine if you might be eligible to participate

Please note that recruitment for this study will be ongoing throughout 2017 until we reach the required number of participants.

The chief investigator for this study is Professor Robin Daly and the study has been approved by the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (EC 2016-300).

For further information about the study, please contact Jenny (03 9244 6243) or Belinda (03 9246 8286).

Contact us

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
+61 3 9244 6613
Email IPAN
Twitter: @DeakinIPAN

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125