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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 brain imaging research?

Why is this study being done?

We are seeking healthy younger and older adults to participate in a study looking at the effects of lifestyle factors on brain function.

Am I eligible to participate?

You may be eligible to participate if you are between 25-35 years old or 65+ years old, are not currently diagnosed with any major neurological disorder, are fluent in English, are able to complete study tasks independently.

What is required if I choose to participate?

Appointment #1:

  • 1 hour
  • Have your brain imaged using functional magnetic resonance (fMRI)

Appointment #2: 1.5 hours

  • Have your brain imaged using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
  • Play a short computer game during each brain imaging session
  • Complete several questionnaires related to your thinking abilities (e.g., planning) and lifestyle factors (e.g., exercise)

Who is conducting this research?

Dr Jodie Gawryluk's Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging lab is conducting this research. For more information, please see the attached poster or contact Dr Jodie Gawryluk at gawryluk@uvic.ca or 250-71-6549.

Are you interested in participating in a study examining health in older adulthood?

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to examine how factors such as stress, physical activity, sleep, and other variables are related to thinking and well being.

Am I eligible to participate?

This study is looking for individuals aged 65-75 years to participate in a 2-week long study.

What is required if I choose to participate?

This study entails a brief screening interview and attending 2-3 in person sessions at Uvic's Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH). Participants will be loaned a mobile phone, Fitbit, and blood pressure device. For 2 weeks, they will be required to complete brief surveys and cognitive activities on the mobile device, wear their Fitbit, and take their own blood pressure twice daily. Parking will be free, and participants will get a $75.00 gift card to thrifty foods for their participation.

Who is conducting this research?

The study is being supervised by Dr. Scott Hofer and conducted by Rebecca Venditelli (ilife01@uvic.ca), both of the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria.

For more details about the study, download the poster or contact  ilife01@uvic.ca or call 250-472-4862.

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

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

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. Dr. Meldrumand is a Ph.D. Dissertation Study and 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.

Victoria Assistive Devices and Coaching Study (VADAC)

Why is this study being done?

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of health coaching and home assistive devices.

Am I eligible to participate?

  • Seniors 65+
  • Living in the Greater Victoria area,
  • Have one or more chronic health conditions, and
  • Have internet access.

 What is required if I choose to participate?

  • Participants will be paired with a Health Coach and will receive a 30-minute weekly telephone call for a period of three months. The Health Coach will provide encouragement, support and teach participants key self-management skill and strategies to effectively manage their health.
  • One group of participants will be able to use assistive devices.

 Who is conducting this research?

The University of Victoria - Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health is conducting this research. The study is conducted by Dr. Scott Hofer and Dr. Patrick McGowan. 

To find more information, please download the VADAC study poster or contact the Health Coach Coordinator, Suzanne at VADAC@uvic.ca