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Research advertised below is provided as a service to the diabetes research community. This research is not specifically endorsed by Diabetes Australia.

All studies and surveys that are promoted on the Diabetes Australia website and social media channels are reviewed by the Medical Education and Scientific Council (MESC). If you would like to promote a survey or ask for participants, email research@diabetesaustralia.com.au

Current research opportunities

Research opportunity: Diabetes education for type 1 diabetes

Understanding the needs of people living with diabetes who are at risk of, or experiencing, a heart condition

We are conducting a qualitative study examining personal experiences of diabetes education in regional and rural Australia.

The project seeks to learn about the personal experiences and opinions of persons with type 1 diabetes related to their diabetes education, and how living in a regional/rural location affects their diabetes education and management of their diabetes. The project also aims to identify aspects of diabetes education provided by primary health professionals, that are beneficial and to identify aspects that could be improved.

‘Diabetes education’ includes any intervention that is delivered in either a group or one‐on‐one setting by a health professional (e.g. GP, specialist, nurse, diabetes educator) and is focused on changing knowledge, behaviour, or self‐management skills for type 1 diabetes.

We invite you to participate in an individual interview (less than 1 hour), if you:

  • are aged 18 years or older

  • Have a medical diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, within the last 15 years

  • Live in a regional or rural location in Australia (outside a city).

Depending on your location, interviews may be conducted via Skype.

To take part or for more information, email Sarah Young u5743808@anu.edu.au

This research has been approved by the Australian National University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2015/567).

If you are living with diabetes and have been notified by your healthcare professional that you are at risk of a heart problem, or have experienced a cardiovascular event, we would like to hear from you about your diabetes management and any challenges you face when managing your diabetes.

This survey is being conducted by an independent market research agency on behalf of a pharmaceutical company, to collect insights for market research purposes only.

Participants are entitled to join a prize draw to win a $500 shopping voucher by providing your name and contact details. Your personal information will not be stored or used by the marketing agency. If you choose to enter the prize draw, your contact information will be provided to Diabetes Australia only so that we can contact the winner.

Click here to join the survey.

Please note this survey is not suitable for all people living with diabetes.

Impact of Diabetes on Brain Function

Do YOU want to contribute to important research looking at the impact of diabetes upon brain function?

Conducted at the University of Technology, Sydney this study seeks to recruit participants aged between 18-80 years who have diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2). The purpose of the research is to better understand how diabetes affects brain function.

Experimental testing takes approximately 1.5 hours and the experimental protocol is straightforward.

ALL experimental data obtained will also be treated with confidentiality, remain secure and completely anonymous.

For further information, contact:

George Kalatzis M: 0401 095 271 E: George.Kalatzis@student.uts.edu.au

This study has been approved by the University of Technology, Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC: 2014000110). If you have any complaints or reservations about any aspect of your participation in this research which you cannot resolve with the researcher, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (ph: 02 9514 9615, Research.Ethics@uts.edu.au) and quote the UTS HREC reference number. Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

University of Sydney study to measure the effect of a weight lifting program

The University of Sydney is currently conducting a study to measure the effect of a weight lifting program in individuals with metabolic syndrome and depression:

PRT MEDIC: Progressive Resistance Training for MEtabolic syndrome and Depression Integrative Care.

The PRT MEDIC study aims to determine if weight lifting exercise is an effective strategy to manage both depression, and metabolic disturbances such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Our study team is currently looking for patients who:

  • Have high blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure AND

  • Do not have type 2 diabetes AND

  • Have symptoms of depression AND

  • Are able to participate for 4 months AND

  • Have no current or planned involvement in an organized exercise program.

If you would like to participate in the study, please follow this link: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=HN7XRNTAFE

Here, you will find some more information about the study. We will also ask you some questions to determine your eligibility for the study.

Treatment of Type 2 diabetes and Fatty liver Study

Do you have Type 2 diabetes?

Do you know that many people with type 2 diabetes have fatty livers?

Fatty liver refers to excessive accumulation of fat in the liver. It is commonly associated with obesity and diabetes. It usually causes no symptoms, but in some people it may progress to inflammation and possible liver scarring (Cirrhosis). Fatty liver is also associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Although there is no recommended specific treatment for this condition, weight loss and diabetes control is the mainstay of treatment. A team of medical researchers at Macquarie University is studying how treatment of Type 2 diabetes can improve fatty liver condition.

Who is eligible?

  • People with type 2 diabetes who have not yet started treatment or have only recently started(within 1 month)

  • No or minimal alcohol drinking

  • Age >18 years

  • Not pregnant or wanting to be pregnant during the course of study.

What is involved?

  • Duration of the study is up to one year.

  • Three-monthly visits to Macquarie University Hospital outpatient clinic.

  • Each participant will receive individualised specialist care for diabetes and fatty liver.

Feedback on participants' investigations and progress will be provided during the study. - No experimental drug or test will be used. The study follows standard diabetes care protocols. - Patient participants should expect to pay for their own medications, as per usual Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for management of Type 2 diabetes. - However, blood tests and imaging of liver will be provided free of charge to participants.

To participate in this study or for more information, please contact Dr. Rafid Al-ameri on 0477450355 or email rafid.alameri@students.mq.edu.au

Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, are currently looking for volunteers with type 2 diabetes to participate in a new and exciting 8-week supervised exercise training study designed to improve blood glucose control and overall health and well-being.

FREE, personalised, training sessions with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) will be provided as well as free information on your fitness and health. The study is taking place at the Brisbane campus where free parking will be provided.

If you’re aged 18-75 years and interested in improving your overall health then please contact Trishan at t.gajanand@uq.edu.au or for more information please visit www.exercise4diabetes.com or https://www.facebook.com/exercise4diabetes

The relationship between sleep, diet and eating behaviour, and physical activity

This study seeks to explore the link between reported sleep quality and quantity, diet and eating behaviour, and level of physical activity.

Who: Males and Females aged between 35 and 60 years, with or without type 2 diabetes

What is involved: A 30-40 minute online survey completed in the comfort of your own home. All results will remain confidential. All you need to do is follow this link: https://www.research.net/r/SleepEatBehaviour Participants will have the option of being sent their results following the completion of this study.

If you need any further information, please contact: Penelope Larsen: plarsen@csu.edu.au

NOTE: This study has been approved by the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 2016/041). If you have any complaints or concerns regarding your participation and conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee via ethics@csu.edu.au or (02) 6338 4628. Any complaints you make will be fully investigated and remain confidential.

Compare quality of life in people with partial foot and below-knee amputation

Eligibility requirements

• Adults over 18 years of age

• Amputation affecting just one leg

• Either a partial foot or below knee amputation

SHE – CHESC No: S15/268

Principal Investigator: Dr Michael Dillon, Discipline of Prosthetics and Orthotics, La Trobe University. Ph: 03 9479 5889, email: Michael.Dillon@Latrobe.edu.au

Visit the website to learn more: www.surveymonkey.com/r/amputation-qol

Why is the research important? Partial foot amputation is often preferred to below knee (transtibial) amputation given the belief that quality of life is better with a less invasive amputation surgery. Recent research indicates that quality of life may be the same in people with partial foot and below-knee amputation. Further research is needed to be confident in the advice we give people facing difficult decisions about lower limb amputation.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to participate in this study if you: - are over 18 years of age - have a partial foot or below knee (transtibial) amputation affecting one leg

What is involved?

If you choose to participate, you will need to complete an online survey of about 20 minutes. The survey will ask for information about your age, cause of amputation and amputation level as well as things that influence quality of life. The survey does not ask for personally identifying information, like your name, address or specific medical information. All the information you submit is anonymous. There is no way for the researchers to identify you from the data.

*Where can I find out more? * You can go online to read the complete Participant Information Statement or complete the survey. Visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/amputation-qol

Contact the Principal Investigator for more information:

Dr Michael Dillon. Discipline of Prosthetics and Orthotics, La Trobe University. Phone: 03 9479 5889. Email: Michael.Dillon@latrobe.edu.au

WANTED: For Reseach

To investigate the association between blood glucose levels, anxiety and depression

This study seeks to discover any potential links between blood glucose levels and mental illness (focused on anxiety and depression).

Participants will have both their blood pressure and blood glucose levels measured. Participants will complete four surveys which will assess lifestyle conditions, stress, anxiety and depression

Who:* General population or People with type 1 or 2 diabetes aged between 18 and 69.*

*Diabetes participants will be renumerated for their participation *

Where: University of Technology Sydney

What: A no cost experimental protocol that takes less than one hour. With all results kept anonymous and confidential.

When: to book contact Mikhail Gorval

Ph: 0412 625 835 Email: Michael.gorval@student.uts.edu.au

This study has been approved by the University of Technology, Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC: 2006-176A). If you have any complaints or reservations about any aspect of your participation in this research which you cannot resolve with the researcher, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (ph: 02 9514 9615, Research.Ethics@uts.edu.au) and quote the UTS HREC reference number. Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet

Find out if your family is at risk and help your community

What is TrialNet?

TrialNet is a global program to screen relatives of people with type 1 diabetes. This trial can help you and your family find out your risk of developing type 1 diabetes, allowing for early treatment. Your participation will also help determine how to prevent type 1 diabetes. Get peace of mind and help prevent diabetes.

TrialNet is dedicated to the study, prevention, and early treatment of type 1 diabetes. It works with more than 200 screening sites throughout Australia, the United States, Canada, Finland, United Kingdom, Italy and New Zealand. TrialNet is supported by the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the United States Federal Government. It is also supported by Diabetes Australia, JDRF Australia and major diabetes organisations in other countries.

Find out more: www.diabetestrialnet.org- - list text here

Writing for Health: A new online program for people with diabetes

The University of New South Wales and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, have developed “Writing for Health” - a new online program for people with diabetes. It includes three simple online writing exercises, which aim to improve adjustment to living with diabetes and mental and physical health.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a trial of this new program and would greatly value your feedback. Participation is free and can be done from your own home.

Participants are also asked to complete online surveys before the writing exercises and up to three months later. You may be eligible to take part if you: - Have type 1 or type 2 diabetes - Are aged 18 years or over - Are able to read, write and speak English - Are not currently experiencing a significant mental illness

For more information, please visit the Writing for Health website: https://writingforhealth.ehat.com.au

This study has been approved by the St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference Number HREC 13/SVH 379).

Researching Type 2- Australia's First Study of Gay Men with Type 2 Diabetes

For the first time in Australia, the lived life of gay men with type 2 diabetes will be researched. The aim is to find out if there are unique issues that may need to be addressed when planning their care.

Selection criteria:

  • Gay men with type 2 diabetes (HIV neg) – 46 questions
  • Gay men with type 2 diabetes (HIV positive) – 3 questions
  • Gay men with no diabetes – 5 questions

Participants will be asked to:

View the Victoria University website for more information or email researcher: Edwin Pascoe

Effects of two natural medicines on cholesterol and blood sugar control for the prevention of type 2 diabetes

Need help losing weight and preventing diabetes?

Join a clinical trial investigating the effects of two natural medicines on cholesterol and blood sugar control for the prevention of type 2 diabetes

Trial participants will receive:

  • 12 months of free gold standard medical care
  • Advice and counselling from a range of health professionals including dietitians and exercise physiologists
  • Regular medical monitoring
  • Full body composition scans (a means of measuring the amount of muscle and fat in your body)
  • Vouchers towards the purchase of foods outlined by trial dietitians

Natural medicines being investigated include a fibre and ginseng supplement.

For more information or how to enrol visit www.metabolictrial.com

This trial is being run by The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise

Diabetes and Non-diabetes diagnoses, Psychological Distress, Self-control, Food addiction and BMI

Researchers at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia would like adults with:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Prediabetes
  • Gestational diabetes now or in the past or those without diabetes

to complete an ANONYMOUS 15-20 minute online survey. The questions in the survey will help us to understand the relationships between psychological distress, impulsivity, Body Mass Index and food addiction in diabetes and non-diabetes populations.

For more information please contact:karren-lee.raymond@research.usc.edu.au

OR access survey directly

Simply click the link above to complete the survey. If you have trouble opening the link, copy the link and paste it into your internet browser address bar. NOTE: There is an underscore between ‘food_attitudes’ in the URL address.

Exploration of the psychosocial issues associated with gastroparesis

Do you have gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is a digestive disorder commonly associated with diabetes.

Swinburne University would like to know how you experience gastroparesis, how it impacts on your relationships, educational and social activities, psychological health, and how you cope with it. 

We invite you to complete this online questionnaire if you:

  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Are currently diagnosed with gastroparesis
  • Speak English as a first language or are able to read English
  • Are not currently experiencing severe mental illness
  • Are not currently seeking support from a mental health expert (i.e., psychologist or psychiatrist)

To participate in this study, please click here

To find out more about gastroparesis, visit: www.gastroparesisclinic.org

This research has been approved by the Swinburne University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee.

Clinical Trials Connect

Clinical Trials Connect (CTC) was established in 2008. CTC is an online participant recruitment website designed to help match members of the Australian community to research opportunities Australia wide, and deliver recruitment solutions to researchers. People can register their interest to participate in trials on the website either as a healthy volunteer or as a patient with an existing medical condition.

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