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

EverydayLife Study

What is the EverydayLife Study?

The purpose of this project is to study eating patterns, physical activity and sleep and understand how they affect mood in Australian adults.

Nutrition is important for good health and understanding eating patterns is important to help us develop healthy eating messages.

Who can participate?

The project is seeking Victorian residents aged 18-65 years old.

What is involved for participants?

The project consists of two components, Part A and Part B (optional). Part A involves completing an online questionnaire and keeping a diary of all the food and drink you consume over seven days using a Smartphone App. Upon completion of the survey and the Smartphone diary for seven days, participants will be given a $20 shopping voucher for their participation.

You will be invited to participate in Part B of the EverydayLife Study approximately 3 months after you complete all components of Part A. Part B involves a visit (up to 1-hour) to a research clinic at Deakin University, Burwood Campus to complete a short survey, 2-minute cognitive test on the iPad and measures including your height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure. We will also assess your body composition using a non-invasive device, DXA. Following this, you will be asked to wear a SenseWear armband and keep a second food diary for seven days. Upon completion of all components of Part B, participants will be given a $40 shopping voucher for their participation.

Find out more information or to register.

EverydayLife Study Contact Details

Phone: 03 9244 5064


Understanding risk factors for new low back pain in nurses (URBAN) study

In Australia, one in six people suffer from back pain and an estimated 70-90% will experience this condition during their lives. Approximately 13% of people without a prior history of back pain will develop a new episode in the next 1-2 years.

In nurses, their risk of getting back pain has been shown to be 2-3 times greater. To address this, it is key to identify the risk factors that underlie this.

We are currently seeking nurses (currently employed, recently graduated, seeking employment) aged 18 to 55 years who have never had lower back pain to participate in a 3-year cohort study.

All participants will undergo an evaluation of a range of risk factors for low back pain at the beginning of the study. Additionally, nurses that develop low back pain will complete follow-up assessments. Those who do not develop low back pain may also be asked to act as a matched-control for comparative purposes (and will receive AUD$20). Upon completion of the follow-up, all participants will enter one of four draws (based on enrolment number) for AUD$500.

You can read more about the project here.

If you think you fit the criteria for the project and are interested to participate in this research that will benefit the nursing profession, please register. One of the research team will then be in touch.

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