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Jude Maher, who leads USC’s Bachelor of Nutrition program, testing USC equipment with Nutrition and Dietetics Lecturer Dr Libby Swanepoel

10 July 2014

USC has launched a new initiative to enable local residents to take part in exciting research projects.

The ‘Take Part’ initiative now provides a quick and easy way for people to register their interest online for a wide variety of cutting-edge research.

Head of School of Social Sciences Professor Doug Mahar said ‘Take Part’ would help progress studies that are likely to benefit people locally, nationally and globally.

“This is USC’s invitation to the community to take part in research that will help further knowledge, facilitate discoveries and support important work,” he said.

“Community members who have experience with regard to certain psychological or physical conditions or life issues, either personally or through people close to them, can make valuable contributions.

“We are encouraging people to sign up – to either participate in the current studies, or to be kept aware of upcoming research they may be interested in.”

The initiative, launched in time for USC’s annual Research Week, 14-18 July, currently features the following three research projects:

  • Get your mind into gear: How mindfulness meditation helps the brain hold attention and achieve insight.
  • Be your own pin-up girl: How women and girls mentally process glamorous images of the female body; investigating ways to reduce poor body image among women.
  • The journey of the baby bump: how female body composition changes over the course of the pregnancy. Find out the truth of fat mass, how the body’s food intake changes and how physical exercise impacts during each trimester.

Go online to sign up for these research projects or for more information on USC research.

– David Cameron

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