Research participants walking and stretching
With so many ways to participate in our research, there's bound to be a study that interests you and suits your needs. Photo: researcher Kristina Kowalski with participants.


Are you interested in participating in health research in BC, but don’t know how to get involved? REACH BC connects volunteer participants with researchers in the province who are conducting clinical trials or other studies focused on health-related issues. Through the confidential and secure REACH BC platform, interested individuals are asked to provide information about themselves, their research interests, any health conditions they may have, and their contact information. Once registered, they will be sent information about potential research opportunities. Volunteers can then connect with research teams to ask any questions they may have about a research study and to let researchers know if they’re interested in participating. For more information on health research studies currently underway in BC, go to For more information on becoming a volunteer for health research in BC through REACH BC, go to


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History of Concussion Study


Taylor Snowden-Richardson, a third year PhD year student and IALH Student Affiliate is recruiting participants for a study exploring how concussions impact long-term brain health. To be eligible, participants must:

  • be between 50 and 90 years of age;
  • have had at least one concussion, a minimum of 3 years prior to study intake;
  • have normal or corrected vision;
  • have low weekly aerobic activity (defined as less than 1 hour per week); and
  • be physically able to engage in 30 minutes of aerobic walking at a time.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with IALH Research Fellows Dr. Brian Christie (Division of Medical Sciences) and Dr. Jodie Gawryluk (Psychology and Division of Medical Sciences). It involves the use of Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRIs), blood and saliva collection and cognitive assessments as well as a 12-week intervention program. For more information, contact using the subject History of Concussion Study


Cross-Cultural Study on Human Olfactory Sensitivity (CROCUS)

The Risky Behaviour Lab at the University of Victoria is conducting a study on smell loss and how it affects daily life and mental health across cultures. The researchers in this study are seeking individuals who: 

  • are between 22 and 60 years old of age;
  • have lived in Victoria for more than 6 months; and
  • have a normal sense of smell

This study requires participants to attend a 60-75 minute in-person lab study that would include smell testing sessions, self-report surveys, and short mental tasks. Participants will be offered a $25 honorarium for their time. 

For more information, or to participate, please contact Emily Spargo, Lab Manager, at This study is being supervised by Dr. Brianna Turner, PhD. Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria and an IALH Research Fellow. 

Share Your Thoughts on How to Improve Cancer Care for Older Adults in BC

Research Fellow Dr. Lorelei Newton (Nursing) is collaborating with colleagues at UBC, BC Cancer and the
Cancer and Aging Research Engagement (CARE) team on a project exploring the experiences of older adults with cancer.

In 2022, the team conducted focus groups and interviews with nearly 90 British Columbians from
across the province about the care and experiences of older adults affected by cancer. Through this work,
12 research and care-related priorities were generated.

To share your thoughts about the priorities, take the survey by visiting The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes. If you have questions or need telephone assistance, please contact or call 604-827-0979

Evaluating the Utility of a Wearable in MS

Sepideh Heydari is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Mitacs at the University of Victoria and an IALH Postdoctoral Fellow. She is seeking participants for a research study evaluating the utility of a wearable sensor in diagnosis and monitoring of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

To be eligible, participants must:
• have an official diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis;
• be able to attend 2 sessions in Victoria, BC;
• be fluent in English (written and oral);
• be mobile (canes and walking sticks are okay);
• be able to wear hypoallergenic adhesive tapes; and
• have the ability to complete study tasks independently.

Participation in this research study will involve walking or standing for 15 minutes, completing neuropsychological assessments and having MRI screens of your brain. Please contact Sepideh Heydari at
for more information.

Exploring the Social Determinants of Health Associated with Sexually Transmitted Infections in Older Women

Jordan Monks is a student in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria and is an IALH Student Affiliate. Jordan is seeking participants for a research study Exploring the Social Determinants of Health Associated with Sexually Transmitted Infections in Older Women. The purpose of the study is to explore social barriers and facilitators (including social determinants of health) associated with sexually transmitted infections (STI's) among older women (60+) in British Columbia, Canada. 

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • Identify as a woman
  • Are at least 60 years of age or older
  • Have had at least one sexual partner since turning 60 years old
  • Live in British Columbia

What is required to participate?

Participation in this research study will involve answering questions that have been influenced by a preliminary literature review as well as consultations with a community advisory group.  The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This study is being supervised by Dr. Nathan Lachowsky, Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Dr. Leah Tidey. For any questions, please contact Jordan Monks at or Dr. Lachowsky at

See the study flyer.  

Improving Diagram Accessibility for People with Visual impairments

Yichun Zhao is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria (UVic). Yichun conducting research to develop software that can help people with blindness or visual impairments. 

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • Consider yourself to be blind, visually impaired, or partially sighted;
  • Rely on the auditory channel, or auditory combined with other sensory channels to access information from a computer;
  • Use screen readers, braille-based systems, self-created solutions or others to access digital information;
  • Have an age of more than 18 years;
  • Reside in Canada.

What is required to participate?

During the study, you will be asked to participate in a remote interview session on Zoom or on Microsoft Teams. This session will be centred around understanding the current experience of accessing diagrams and diagrammatic information, and assessing the need for a technology solution that could improve the accessibility of diagrams.

The result of this study will help inform the design of future computational systems to address diagram accessibility issues for people with visual impairments. The interview session will last 1 hour. Participants will recieve an Amazon gift card of $30 CAD for their time.

This study is being supervised by Yichun's supervisors, Dr. Miguel Nacenta and IALH Research Fellow Dr. Sowmya Somanath. For more information, or to participate, contact Yichun at

Physical Activity Among Early Career Professionals: A Feasibility Trial of an Online Intervention


The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Directed by IALH Research Fellow Ryan Rhodes, the BMED Lab's mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance. 

The BMED Lab is currently recruiting for a web-based Physical Activity study for Canadian Professionals aged 25-44 who are working at least part-time in a desk-based job and looking to get more active. Participants will gain access to a tailored online platform designed to support busy professionals, evidence-based lessons, as well as strategies and tools to help achieve physical activity goals. This is an opportunity to work towards better mental and physical health while contributing to research aimed at improving future health promotion programs.​ 

Am I eligible to participate?

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • Be aged 25-44
  • Living in Canada
  • Working at least part-time in a desk-based job
  • Not meeting physical activity guidelines

For more information, please contact Research Coordinator Stina Grant at 

Participate in CanAssist Technology Testing


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.