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Volunteer to be a research participant! Current UVic studies needing participants are listed below.

Digital Technologies to Support Living with COPD

Why is this study being done?

This study will explore how people with COPD may be using online technologies to support their social connections and health. 

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are living with COPD and have used online technologies, we would like to connect with you. It does not matter what your level of experience is in using these technologies. It may be that you have just recently started using them, or that you have tried but no longer use them, or have been using them for quite some time.

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • One interview 30 minutes in length.
  • We can connect over the phone, or through Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Zoom

Who is conducting this research?

This study is conducted by Marcy Antonio, PhD Student, University of Victoria

 For more details about the study, download the poster or contact Marcy Antonio by Phone: 778-533-2232 or email at mantonio@uvic.ca

Ease e-Home: Technologies to support older adults with memory loss and their caregivers

Why is this study being done?

The study examines the impact of voice-assisted technology (e.g., Amazon Alexa) connected to smart devices on quality of life, social connections, well-being, and daily living. The EASE e-Home project will: 1) assess care recipient and caregiver needs,

2) install a smart system in the care recipients home,

3) install an amazon echo in the adult child caregivers home, and

4) offer ongoing support for 4 months.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You are community-dwelling adults age 65 and older with early-stage dementia and their adult child caregiver, living in Victoria

  • You have a wireless home internet in both homes

  • You are adult child caregiver has a smartphone and an Amazon account

  • Both participants are English speaking

  • Both the caregiver and the care recipient are willing to participate in interviews, surveys, and assessments over a 6-month period.

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Interviews: Both caregiver and care recipient will participate in separate 45-minute interviews at baseline, 2 months, 4 months (end) and at 6 months (post) to explore the impact of technology, usability (i.e. what works well, what is challenging) and quality of life issues (e.g. social connections).

  • Caregiver Survey: Caregivers will be asked to complete a caregiver survey at baseline, 2 months, 4 months (end) and 6 months (post) that asks questions about well-being, stress, social connections, overall health and satisfaction, and depression. The survey will take 45 minutes to complete.

  • Care recipient Survey: Care recipients will be asked to complete a 30-minute survey at baseline, 2 months, 4 months (end) and at 6 months (post).

  • Care recipient Assessments: Care recipients must be willing to participate in neuropsychological, cognitive and physiological assessments at baseline, 2 months, 4 months (end), and 6 months (post). Each assessment generally takes 1 to 1.5 hours and will be done in the home.

  • Optional: Participate in audiotaped weekly 30-minute Zoom conference calls with other participants for additional training, support and to share their experience of technologies

Who is conducting this research?

Click here for information on the research team.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact: Debra Sheets, Ph.D., MSN, RN, Ph.D. at (250) 721-8595 or email: dsheets@uvic.ca

Martial arts training study

Why is this study being done?

This study examines the effect of a mind-body exercise (Karate Kata) on balance and inter-limb coordination in people with or without neurological disorders.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You are an adult between the ages of 19 and 90
  • With or without Parkinson's disease, post-stroke, spinal cord injury, or Multiple Sclerosis
  • Able to stand independently without assistant
  • Not wearing a pacemaker

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Pre-test : 3 pre-training lab visits: about 2.5 hours per visit
  • Training: 5 weeks; 3 sessions/week; 1 hour per session
  • Post-test: 1 post-training visits: about 2.5 hours

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by Dr. Paul Zehr along with Hajer Mustafa (MSc student) and Aimee Harrison (MSc student) at the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab at UVic.

For more details about the study or are interested in participating, please contact rnl@uvic.ca or 250-472-5487.

Voices in Motion: a choir study

Why is this study being done?

Voices in Motion is a joy-filled intergenerational choir for persons with memory loss, their caregivers and high school students. The choir will be part of the research study that explores the impact of participation in an intergenerational choir on social connections and quality of life

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You have mild or moderate dementia; or
  • You're a family caregiver for someone with dementia; 
  • English speaking

What is required if I choose to participate?

Both caregiver and care recipients will be asked to:

  • Participate in all cognitive and neuropsych assessments (3 each choir season) together.
  • Attend all weekly choir sessions (1.5 hours/week) for 14 weeks together.
  • Participate in an in-home interview.
  • Complete several additional survey instruments.

When will the choir meet?

The choir meets on Wednesdays from 2:30-4: 00 PM and will start on September 19, 2018. Another choir will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 PM and will start on September 20, 2018.

Both choirs are partnering with students from a local high school (St. Andrews High School, Pacific Christian School) who will participate in the choir and provide support. A public concert is scheduled for each choir for December 8 or 9th.

Who is conducting this research?

Click here to read about the research team

Click here for more information. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact: Trudy Pauluth-Penner Ph.D. (c) at 250-721-8595 or email: voicesinmotionchoir@uvic.ca

We want to hear about your experiences with aging

Why is this study being done?

We are seeking healthy adults living independently in the community (i.e., not in supported living) who are willing to discuss how thinking abilities change with age.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • 65+ years old
  • No concerns about thinking abilities
  • No history of stroke, epilepsy, or other neurological issue
  • Live independently in the community (i.e., not in a supported living)
  • Have a close friend/family member willing to answer questions about your health and thinking

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study has 3 parts, scheduled at your convenience:

1. TELEPHONE SCREENING

(~45 mins)

You will answer medical and demographic questions to ensure you are eligible

2. COGNITIVE TESTING

(~3 hours)

You will complete several standardized tests and questionnaires

3. INTERVIEW & SALIVA SAMPLE

(1.5 hours)

You will take part in an interview about your experiences with aging. We will collect a saliva sample for genetic testing.

ALL COLLECTED INFORMATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL COMPENSATION

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by Jordan Ali, Ph.D. student from the University of Victoria. 

For more details about the study, download the poster. Please contact  smartlab@uvic.ca or 250-472-4194 for more information. 

Are you concerned about changes in your thinking?

Why is this study being done?

We would like to understand more about what cognitive complaints/concerns people have as they age. 

Am I eligible to participate?

  • 65+ years old
  • Concerns about thinking abilities
  • Live independently in the community (i.e., not in a supported living)
  • No history of stroke, epilepsy, or other neurological issues
  • Have a close friend/family member willing to answer questions about your health and thinking

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study has 3 parts, scheduled at your convenience:

1. TELEPHONE SCREENING

(~45 mins)

You will answer medical and demographic questions to ensure you are eligible

2. COGNITIVE TESTING

(~3 hours)

You will complete several standardized tests and questionnaires

3. INTERVIEW & SALIVA SAMPLE

(1.5 hours)

You will take part in an interview about your experiences with aging. We will collect a saliva sample for genetic testing.

ALL COLLECTED INFORMATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL COMPENSATION

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by Jordan Ali, Ph.D. student from the University of Victoria. 

For more details about the study, download the poster. Please contact  smartlab@uvic.ca or 250-472-4194 for more information. 

Patient-Oriented Approach to Improving At-Home Care: Understanding Current Challenges

Why is this study being done?

The research study aims to understand the challenges you may have aging in your own home. We plan to use this information to come up with potential solutions to current challenges and gaps in care. 

Am I eligible to participate?

  • You are age 60+ who have had changes in their memory or thinking skills
  • You are helping care for someone with memory loss
  • You must live in their own home (not in a place that provides care)
  • You must be able to discuss ideas and thoughts in English

What is required if I choose to participate?

A 1.5-hour discussion group to help us learn about challenges in aging at home

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by Dr. Jodie Gawryluk has been reviewed and approved by the UVic Human Research Ethics Board (18-053). Dr. Gawryluk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

For more details about the study, download the poster or contact Dr. Jodie Gawryluk at 250-721-7549 or gawryluk@uvic.ca.

Would you and your partner like to increase your physical activity?

Why is this study being done?

This study examines the effect of monitoring and sharing physical activity information from Fitbit devices. Fitbits are worn like a watch and provide real-time feedback on various measures including daily steps, heart rate, and active minutes.

You will be helping to identify effective and accessible means of supporting increased physical activity and improve overall health! Your fitness outcomes can be made available to you at the end of the study.

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are living with a partner, both aged 45-75 years old, one or both achieving less than 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity per week, and both have a smartphone and/or tablet and email addresses, you may be eligible to participate!

What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Using a Fitbit activity tracker for 3 months
  • Wearing an accelerometer for 3 one-week periods. (Accelerometers are worn like a belt and measure physical activity time and intensity.)
  • Completing 3 online questionnaires
  • Performing a walking treadmill test 2 times

Who is conducting this research?

This study is being conducted by the Behavioural Medicine Lab at the University of Victoria; it was reviewed and approved by the UVic Human Research Ethics Board (BC17-180).

If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please download the poster or contact the Behavioural Medicine Lab at 250-472-5288 or bml@uvic.ca.

Participate in CanAssist Technology Testing

CanAssist

CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion. CanAssist often requires people to test new technology prototypes and provide feedback on their effectiveness. This testing is done on a voluntary basis and there is no cost. In most cases, families testing a technology can continue to use the solution for as long as it continues to be useful.

For technology testing opportunities, please visit the CanAssist website.

Retirement Planning: Leisure Choices that Positively or Negatively Impact Well-being

Why is this study being done?

To better understand the importance and time people place on and allocate to retirement activity.

Am I eligible to participate?

   •   You are from 57-69 years of age

   •   You have been retired from full-time employment for between 2 – 10 years

   •   You are currently NOT employed either full or part-time primarily for income while retired (e.g. you may be working for enjoyment or related to a hobby etc.).

What is required if I choose to participate?

   •   Completing a survey questionnaire of approximately 30 - 40 minutes in length

   •   The option of voluntarily participating in a discussion focus group sometime after the survey where participants will be asked to discuss non-financial retirement plans and strategies with the research team and other members of the focus group.

Who is conducting this research?

The study is conducted by Arne Hetherington and Dr. John Meldrumand and is a Ph.D. Dissertation Study. Arne Hetherington is a doctoral candidate and John Meldrum is a Faculty member and Director of the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, and you may contact them if you have further questions by emailing us at arneh@uvic.ca, or jmeldrum@uvic.ca.

To find out more or to participate in the survey click here.

If you have any questions about the research ethics approval of any study, please contact the Human Research Ethics office at 250-472-4545 or ethics@uvic.ca. New studies are added frequently so please check back often.