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.
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:
PONDER (Protein, Omega-3 aNd, vitamin D Exercise Research) study
We are looking for people aged 60 - 85, who feel like their memory is getting worse, to take part in this study. Participants will be asked to attend Deakin University in Burwood on 4 occasions over 12 months to undergo cognitive and health testing and to visit a local pathology centre on 3 occasions for a blood test. Participants in this study will attend 2 x 60 min supervised exercise sessions per week at a local gym, for a period of six months and will be asked to consume a dietary supplement daily during this time.
We urgently need participants to take part in the study starting September 2017. However, we are also taking expressions of interest for early 2018.
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.
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
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.
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).
FURTHER INFORMATION For further information about the study, please contact Jenny (03 9244 6243) or Belinda (03 9246 8286).
The Picture Project
This is an online survey of 10,000 Australians, aged 18-30, in 2017/18 and repeated in 2019/20.
It has been established to look at the eating behaviour, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health of young adults and to track changes that may occur over time.
The project is seeking Australian residents aged 18 to 30 years old. Participation in the project involves two components:
Completing an online survey; and
Completing an online food recall survey. Further details about the project are available here.
Restrictive pressure during blood flow restriction exercise
This study aims to evaluate characteristics of blood flow restriction exercise as an exciting and novel training methodology with significant benefit to less active populations.
We are seeking males aged 18 – 35 years to participate in this study. Participants should not normally complete more than 150 minutes of physical activity per week, and have not attended the gym in the past 6 months.
The study requires participants to attend the Deakin University Burwood Campus exercise laboratories for testing, which includes an assessment of aerobic fitness (VO2 max), strength and fatigue.
Recruitment will be ongoing until 12 participants are enrolled.