External Research Studies seeking volunteer subjects
A number of University departments and institutes need volunteer subjects. If U3AC members are interested please contact the research leader or department directly.
Two Groups of Volunteers required For Eye Research Study!
Group 1: Participants aged 50+
Group 2: Participants of any age who are currently taking ACE Inhibitors (medication for hypertension – see below for examples of ACE inhibitors)
The Study: Looks at how the eye responds to low humidity environments such as those in an office or generated by central heating and air conditioning systems. In all, your presence will be required for 3 hours during which tests similar to those performed by an optician will be conducted before and after you have watched a movie in a room designed to generate low humidity. The study has ethical approval, does not effect your ACE inhibitor treatment and you will be free to withdraw at any time.
Where: Anglia Ruskin University.
Participants must: Have not have had surgery for cataract or have been diagnosed with glaucoma or macular degenerative disease.
Your participation will be very much appreciated and as a token of gratitude, you will receive £15 plus our preferred currency of chocolates
If interested: Please contact Joe Robinson either by phone: 07456027444
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of ACE Inhibitors:
Acepril, Acezide, Capoten, Capozide, CapozideLS, Cilazapril, Vascase, Enalapril, Innovace, Innozide, Fosinopril, Staril, Tanatril, Carace, CaracePlus, Lisinopril, Zestoretic, Zestril, Perdix, Coversyl, Lopace, Ramipril, Triapin, Triapin Mite, Tritace, Accupro, Accuretic.
Lead Researcher: Juan Tabernero PhD, Reader, Vision and Eye Research Unit, Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, CB1 2LZ, United Kingdom, Phone: 08451962230.
Research Assistant: Joe Robinson
Status: Current as at December 2016
Volunteers Needed for Memory Studies!
The Memory Lab at the University of Cambridge is seeking volunteers for studies of how memory changes across the lifespan.
To be eligible, you must be aged 60+, a native English speaker, and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing.
We have a range of opportunities available, which may involve completing computerised tasks, pen and paper tasks, or even getting an MRI scan of your brain.
All studies provide £7.50 per hour in compensation, plus an opportunity to help support memory research in Cambridge.
If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please call 01223 333535, or email us at
Status: Current as at December 2016
We are currently recruiting volunteers for a nutrition study looking at the short term effect of a hazelnut skin drink on the health of blood vessels in healthy people.
Volunteers should be:
– Aged 18 to 65 years
– Normal weight (BMI 18.5-25 kg/m2)
– No history of cardiovascular disease
– No nut allergy
If you would like further information please email the Hazelnut Study Team on Hazelnut.Study@mrc-ewl.cam.ac.uk. You can also call us on: 01223 426356 or 07920 181722.
Participants will be reimbursed for taking part in the study and for reasonable travel expenses.
Status: Current as at November 2016
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – Are you aged 60 years old or above?
Does ‘worry’ make it hard for you to go about your daily activities?
I am a trainee clinical psychologist, and looking to recruit participants into a study that is investigating whether a home-based computer programme helps to reduce worrisome thoughts. The study lasts up to 25 days, but can be completed entirely from your own home. Participation requires you to complete some short questionnaires each day (taking around 15 minutes), and complete the computer training daily for seven days only (taking around 30-40 minutes). You do not need to have your own computer, or have a lot of experience using them, to take part. As a token of appreciation, participants will be offered a £15 voucher at the end of the study. For more information, or to enquire about taking part, please email Kate (email@example.com)
Status: Current as at September 2016
Looking for volunteers!
The Memory Lab at the University of Cambridge carries out research investigating human memory and how this is affected by healthy ageing, disease, and brain injury.
We are looking for healthy volunteers aged between 55 and 80 who would be interested in taking part in our memory studies. The studies typically involve completing a task on the computer and/or pen and paper tests. All volunteers are compensated £7.50 per hour for their participation. Taking part in experiments can not only be a fun and interesting learning experience, but also helps to support innovative memory research!
If you would be interested in volunteering in our studies in the future and joining our secure participant database, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Status: Current as at September 2016
Study Name: Age-related changes in remembering and forgetting emotional words: An electrophysiological analysis
Eligibility: You must be aged either 18 – 30 years or 60-75 years and be in good physical health. You should have English as your first language, normal or corrected to normal vision, and no history of any skin conditions or neurological and psychological conditions such as epilepsy.
Duration: Up to 3 hours
Credits: If you are an undergraduate Psychology student at Anglia Ruskin University you will be offered 3 credits for participating; please note that credits will only be awarded after both the online and laboratory sessions are completed.
Researcher: Sara Gowers email@example.com
Testing is due to begin in July/August 2016 and will continue for 12 months following this. Please be aware once you have registered your interest you may be contacted up to 12 months afterwards
The study has received ethics approval by the Psychology Departmental Research Ethics Panel (DREP) and ratified by the Faculty Research Ethics Panel under the terms of Anglia Ruskin University’s Policy and Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research with Human Participants
Status: Current as at October 2016
The Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit investigates fundamental human cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory and emotion. Our experiments explore how these change throughout the lifespan and how they become disrupted in disease and disorder. Our Unit is based at Chaucer Road situated off Trumpington Road in Cambridge. We need volunteers of all ages to participate in our tests which are either computer based, or in an MRI or MEG scanner. You can sign up for studies here:
The Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economic Group Lab needs participants to take part in studies they run throughout the year. CEBEG has recently acquired a new lab space to conduct experiments on 1st Floor of 10 Trumpington Street
CEBEG carries out a number of exciting experiments throughout the year and we always need new volunteers. It is not only fun and a good learning experience to participate in experiments, you also get an average pay of £10 per hour. In some experiments, we also use ‘real monetary incentive’ which means you will be paid for your performance.
Anyone can register to participate in experiments. When you register the relevant information will be gathered to help the team recruit suitable individuals for each of the experiments being carried out.
CEBEG uses the Online Recruitment System for Economic Experiments (ORSEE) to manage registrations for experiments. This self-service system allows you to register your interest, view a calendar of upcoming experiments, and sign up for specific experiments.
Please visit our website for more details and a link to our registration system or to contact us: http://www.cebeg.group.cam.ac.uk/participants/
Researchers at the University of Greenwich are looking to recruit adults of all ages, but in particular those over the age of 65 for a research project funded by the University of Greenwich that is examining police procedures in cases in which older adults are victims of crime (e.g., doorstep fraud). The research is aligned with the Centre of Positive Ageing at the university.
The experiment received ethical approval from the University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee (UREC).
The study is conducted entirely online and takes about 30 min if you follow the link below (full details and instructions are provided when clicking the link )
Principle Researcher: Dr Josh P Davis, BSc, MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling, University of Greenwich, Avery Hill, London, SE9 2UG, 020 8331 8859 Research Assistant: Andreea Maigut