Research Projects Seeking Volunteers
UTAS has an enviable reputation in distinctive areas of research and teaching. A range of research projects are listed below, encouraging the participation of volunteers to assist research into diseases of animals and humans, as well as studies of the environment.
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is a fatal condition that is currently affecting most populations of Tassie devils.
Dr Rodrigo Hamede Ross, Research Fellow, School of Zoology is looking for volunteers interested in assisting on Tasmanian field trips, which are planned for West Pencil Pine in February, May, August and November 2013. The Project provides accommodation, food, transport and parks & wildlife passes. Volunteers are needed to help with: Live trapping; Remote cameras and Field data scribing.
For more information, please visit volunteers needed.
Can aspirin prolong a healthy life? The ASPREE study, for the first time, will determine whether the potential benefits of aspirin outweigh the risks for people over age 70.
Blood Pressure Study
Researchers at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania are conducting a study to determine the potential clinical relevance of new blood pressure measurements.
Participants will undergo comprehensive cardiovascular testing at rest and during light exercise. Information on blood pressure control will be provided to all volunteers.
Are you aged between 50 and 79 and want to study at UTAS?
If so you could also volunteer to be part of the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project. Choose a subject you are interested in, apply to UTAS and enrol, and, as a participant in this world-first study, you may qualify for a scholarship to cover the HECS costs for one unit (conditions apply).
As a participant on the THBP, you will also receive a free annual comprehensive assessment (and feedback) of your cognitive functions. This valuable data goes towards testing the theory of Professor James Vickers and his team at the UTAS Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre on the potential for tertiary education later in life to boost brain plasticity and protect against ageing-related cognitive decline.