Research projects currently requiring volunteers
Older volunteers required for vision research
Volunteers are needed between the ages of 60-77 to participate in a research study assessing changes in visual function with age. Healthy ageing affects various aspects of vision including the way in which the visibility of objects changes, depending on their background. The exact causes for these age-related changes to vision are unclear, and this study aims to better understand them.
The study involves up to three test sessions that will each take up to 2 hours at the University of Melbourne. During the session the following will be performed:
- An eye examination to determine whether you are eligible to participate.
- Computer based testing of vision where you will need to respond to targets presented on a computer screen.
Dr Bao Nguyen 9035 9979 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HREC Number 1441571.2
Participants needed for dry eye clinical study
People aged 18 years or older, who have dry eye and do not currently wear contact lenses are needed for a research study that is being carried out to evaluate the merit of a unique form of omega-3 oral supplement for treating dry eye.
All of the oral supplements and study-related eye examinations will be provided to eligible participants over three months, across four visits of up to 2 hours each, at the University of Melbourne eyecare clinic (2/800 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053).
Participants aged 60-77 required for study into changes in vision with ageing
People with normal, healthy vision who are aged 60-77 are needed for an Australian Research Council funded research program assessing changes in vision with ageing. Participants will attend a single two-hour session at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Clayton, that includes an eye examination, computer based testing of vision and an MRI brainscan. Volunteers will receive a $20 gift voucher to assist with travel expenses.
A/Prof Allison McKendrick 9035 9979 / email@example.com
HREC approval number CF13/2885 2013001549
Participants required for Visual Attention, Reading and MRI Study
Children aged 9-11 are needed for a project investigating visual attention and reading. Children with a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia), as well as children with no reading difficulties, are being asked to participate in two sessions. The first session involves eye, reading and computer based attention tests for a total of 90 minutes plus breaks, at the Parkville campus. The second session is an MRI brainscan at the Monash Biomedical Imaging facility in Clayton (60 minutes).
Participants required for Glaucoma study
Volunteers between the ages of 50 and 75 with glaucoma are required for a research study comparing methods for measuring damage to visual function in glaucoma. A test session of approximately two hours in duration is involved. Testing will include an abbreviated clinical eye examination, computerised peripheral vision testing, and retinal imaging.
Shonraj Ballae firstname.lastname@example.org
HREC approval: 1340101
Volunteers Required for Visual Function study
Children aged between 5 and 15 years and young adults aged between 25 and 35 years are required for a research study assessing visual function. Participants must have normal vision (either with or without glasses) and have no health problems known to affect vision. A test session of approximately one hour in duration is involved. Testing will include an abbreviated clinical eye examination and computer-based testing of vision.
Dr Josephine Battista 9349 7403 / email@example.com
Volunteers Required for Eye Movements study
Healthy volunteers are needed for a study in how neurological diseases affect eye movements. They must be healthy, aged 30- 70 years, proficient in English and have no history of neurological or psychiatric disorders, learning disorder, substance abuse/dependency or other major conditions. Testing takes two hours.
Amanda Douglass 90359981 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Subjects needed for attention study
Volunteers aged 18-80 are needed for a study of divided visual attention. Subjects will respond to projected targets while eye movements are recorded. Testing takes about 35 minutes and is performed in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
Subjects must have good corrected vision, colour vision and should not have conditions such as neurological disease, head injury, ADHD or dizziness. They should not take sedative medications for 24 hours before testing.
Victoria Gardianot, 0404 294 646 / email@example.com
Young participants required for video game study
Young people aged 15-30 are invited to participate in research assessing the effects of playing video games on particular aspects of visual attention and eye movement control. Gamers and non-gamers are welcome.
The study involves one session, taking about 1.5 - 2 hours. Testing is conducted in the eye movement laboratory at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne. Participants will be reimbursed $10 to assist with travel expenses.
Elham Azizi 0450 929 715/ 9035 9804 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HREC Number: 1238522.1