Research Regarding Mental Health
Black Dog Institute
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Newcastle University
Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science
University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, Brain Dynamics Centre
University of Wollongong, Illawarra Institute of Mental Health
Research, projects and surveys requiring participants
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A New Approach to Bipolar Depression
Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment?
We would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.
It is believed that in bipolar depression there may be an abnormality in energy metabolism, resulting in interference with normal brain function. There is evidence to suggest that this combination treatment may improve some of the symptoms of this illness.
PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TRIAL
Anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression.
KEY POINTS FOR PARTICIPANTS.
• The trial will NOT involve any costs.
• People will continue their usual treatment.
• The treatment trial will last 3 months.
• You will attend a final visit 4 weeks after the treatment trial.
• We will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial.
This trial is a joint venture between Barwon Health and the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
Persons wishing to take part in the trial can obtain more information from the trial coordinator;
Phone: 9462 9902 or
Neurocognitive Markers of Affective and Psychotic Disorders - Volunteers Needed!
What is the research project about?
Researchers within the School of Psychiatry and affiliated organisations are conducting investigations into the development of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. Through this research we hope to learn about the genetic contributions to brain disturbances which may be shared by sufferers of these conditions. The study will involve the integration of genetic, hormonal, cognitive and brain imaging data obtained from individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorder in comparison with individuals with no history of mental illness.
What does the study involve?
The research entails participation in two individual testing sessions, for 2 - 5 hours each. During these sessions, participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and tasks on a computer, as well as donate blood for genetic analysis, provide a saliva sample and undergo a functional brain scan.
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking volunteers to participate in this research who:
1. Are between 18 - 60 years
2. Have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder, or have no previous history of psychiatric illness
3. Are proficient in English.
You will be contributing to the current
understanding of the factors involved in the development of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. This knowledge has the potential to improve the early detection of these disorders and increase the efficacy of their treatment.
As the length of the testing sessions may vary from person to person, participants will be
reimbursed from $40-$70 for their time, transport and parking costs.
Who can I contact for further information?
For enquiries, please contact;
Nikki O’Reilly on (02) 8382 1436, email@example.com
Research for Family Members of People with Depression
Help Make a Difference: Join our research study
We seek the well, first-degree relatives (parents, siblings or children) of someone who has, or has had, Major Depression, to participate in our research. Participants must be aged between 12 and 65 with no history of depression themselves.
Our research is aimed at gaining a greater understanding of the factors that predispose and protect individuals against the symptoms of depression. We will be examining all aspects of mind, including thoughts and feelings, and how these interact with biological characteristics such as brain structure and function. Our research will make a significant contribution to the quality of care and diagnosis available for individuals who experience depression.
Participation will involve approximately 6 hrs of various assessments at our centre located in Westmead. These assessments will include an EEG, a MRI scan (both non-invasive brain measures), questionnaires, computer based activities and a blood test. (Each component is voluntary).
Participants will be reimbursed for their contribution.
In you are interested in participating or would like more information contact: Joanne at the Brain Dynamics Centre on 02 9845 8179 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.familydepressionstudy.com.
CBM + The Sadness Program (for 18-65 year olds)
Depression is a widespread and disabling mental disorder. People with depression experience weeks of sadness, loss of interest, low energy, inability to concentrate, and feelings of worthlessness. The good news is that depression is treatable!
The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD)’s VirtualClinic is currently recruiting Australia-wide for the Sadness + CBM Program to treat depression:
CBM + the Sadness Program (for 18-65 year olds).
CBM is a new computerised intervention that aims to modify negative thinking styles that can impact upon how one feels. Currently we are recruiting individuals experiencing depression to participate in a new trial of a CBM procedure in combination with our Sadness program. This is a 10 week free program involving CBM training and 6 lessons, delivered via computer.
The Program will be starting in early 2013.
For more information about this program please visit us at
This study has been approved by St Vincent’s Hospital HREC. Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should contact the Research Office on 02 8382 2075 and quote HREC/12/SVH/326
Your help is needed to improve understanding of how schizophrenia and related disorders develop
Many people experience a combination of psychotic and mood symptoms that change over time, and often do not fit neatly into the diagnostic categories of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘bipolar disorder’. Regardless of diagnosis, common treatments for psychotic and mood symptoms do not currently address shared cognitive deficits associated with these conditions.
New evidence has suggested that shared genetic vulnerability among schizophrenia and bipolar disorders may be associated with shared cognitive deficits in working memory, attention and emotion regulation. We plan to find out which common genetic markers contribute to shared cognitive deficits among psychotic and mood disorders, irrespective of the actual diagnostic category.
This five-year study, funded by the NHRMC, requires 300 people in total to volunteer their time and efforts to make the study a success. Participants are asked to complete a series questionnaires and tasks on a computer, as well as donate blood for genetic analyses, provide salvia samples in relation to stress-responses, and undergo a functional brain scan.
Participants will be contributing to the current understanding of the factors involved in the development of psychotic and mood disorders. This knowledge has the potential to increase the choice and efficacy of treatments according to individual symptom, cognitive, and genetic profiles.
We are seeking volunteers who
● Have a diagnosis of either bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
● Are aged between 18-60 years old
● Are proficient in English
Participation is divided over two days (approximately seven hours in total). Participants are reimbursed up to $70.
Appointment flexibility is also available.
For more information please contact:
Memory, Mood and Substance Use
Dr Melissa Norberg and Dr Michelle Moulds, from the University of New South Wales, are conducting an online survey to explore the potential inter-related nature between depressed mood, memory difficulties and substance use. This data will be used to inform therapeutic techniques for depression. Participation involves completion of a series of self-report questionnaires via the internet. Questionnaire completion will take approximately one hour. Participation is completely voluntary and participants' can exit the study at any time. Participants will be entered into a draw in which they may win one of 5 prizes of $75AUD Coles/Myers vouchers.
For more information please use the following survey link: https://www.surveys.unsw.edu.au/survey/155104/6f94/ or contact either Dr Michelle Moulds: email@example.com or Dr Melissa Norberg: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The University of NSW and the Neuroscience Research Australia are recruiting people between 18-50 years old with schizophrenia to participate in a trial using a medication to activate hormone receptors in the brain and improve learning and memory. Researchs are currently recruiting for 2nd stage of the trial, for more information visit http://www.neura.edu.au/content/volunteer/CASSI
If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please contact Kate Davies on Kate.Davies@newcastle.edu.au .
Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank
The Schizophrenia Research Institute is seeking volunteers with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to participate in the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank. To find out more please visit http://www.schizophreniaresearch.org.au/bank/index.php
Black Dog Institute: Research study into the phenomenological, neurobiological and molecular foundations of melancholic depression
Researchers at the Black Dog Institute are currently seeking Healthy Control Participants to take part in a study investigating the neurobiology and expression of melancholic depression. There are three components to this study and participants will be reimbursed $25 on completion of each component and $100 in total if participants complete all three. For more information click on the link above.
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