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:

Cross-education and lower limb immobilisation: the brain and beyond

The CROSS EDUCATION strength training study is currently examining the effects of single limb strength training on the strength transfer and muscle mass in the opposite limb. We are calling on individuals aged between 18-35 years with no neurological condition or current injury to the lower limb. The study will require you to wear a removable knee brace for a total of 3 weeks. In addition you will receive strength, neurological and muscle size assessment and possibly undertake supervised strength training 3 times per week for the duration of the study. Participants need to be able to attend the Deakin University Burwood Campus. Upon completion you will receive a free 6 month gym membership at the gym located at the Deakin University Burwood Campus. Recruitment is ongoing until completion of the project.

Contact: Dr Christopher Latella or Dr Ashlee Hendy on +61 3 9244 6221

Promoting Bone and Gut Health in our Children (PROUD Study)

What is the PROUD study? The PROUD Study is a new and exciting study being carried out by researchers from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Sunshine Hospital, and The University of Georgia within the USA, investigating the association between dietary intakes, bone health and gut function in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Who Can Participate? We are inviting boys between the age of 10 to 16 years with and without a diagnosis of ASD.

What is involved for participants: Participants will be asked to attend a 1.5-hour testing appointment at Deakin University Burwood Campus to assess bone and muscle development. Following this appointment we will ask participants to complete three further tasks at home to assess levels of physical activity, dietary intake and gut function. Families will receive a $20 gift voucher in appreciation of their time and contribution to the study.

Contact: If you are interested in participating, have any questions or would like more information, please contact the PROUD research team below:

Rachel Duckham +61 3 9246 8305             Shae Rendall +61 3 9244 6445

The Picture Project

The Picture Project is an online survey of 10,000 Australians, aged 18-30, in 2017/18 and repeated in 2019/20.

It has been set up to look at the eating behaviours, physical activity behaviours and health of young adults and to track changes that may occur over time.  We are actively seeking participants in this important project.

The project is seeking Australian residents aged 18 to 30 years old. Participation in the project involves completing 3 x 10 minute online surveys (one each week for 3 weeks), in your own time, and can be completed on mobile devices.

Learn more.

An Innovative Stroke Interactive Virtual Therapy Online Platform For Community Dwelling Stroke Survivors (STRIVE)

What is Strive?

STRIVE aims to assess the effectiveness and user preferences of an interactive virtual gaming platform as an accessible and cost effective rehabilitation tool for community dwelling stroke survivors.

Who Can Participate?

We are looking for people who have experienced a stroke at least 6 months prior with some upper limb impairment.

What is involved?

Participants will receive 8 weeks of free rehabilitation using an exciting new virtual gaming platform. The sessions will be held twice weekly (45min) at a location in the South Eastern Suburbs.

All participants will receive an exercise program designed and supervised by an Exercise Physiologist. Participants will also be asked to take part in a testing session before and after the 8 week program.

Recruitment for this study is ongoing until March 2018.

Contact: Jessica Freeman

+ 61 3 9246 8560


What is the PREFER Study?

The PREFER Study is a research project focusing on dietary choices and meal preferences. We are interested in understanding people’s preferences and the way they decide what to eat. Nutrition is important for good health and understanding the motivations for why people eat what they do and can assist with the development of healthy eating messages. Funding for this study is provided by the Faculty of Health at Deakin University to Dr Katherine Livingstone.

Who can participate?

People aged 18–30 years, who currently live in Australia, are not vegan or vegetarian and who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is involved for participants?

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire in your own time. This will take approximately 30 minutes. The questionnaire includes several questions including “which cooking techniques you are confident using”, “which foods you are confident cooking”, as well as questions about you. It also contains questions about possible meal choices. You will be asked to consider each option and choose the one that you would be most likely to eat in a real-life situation. All participants will receive a $10 e-gift voucher after completing the questionnaire.

How to take part

We are not currently recruiting for the PREFER Study, but we will be soon!

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact the research team on

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Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
+61 3 9244 6613
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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125