At MMIHR, we often require people like you to help us with our exercise and nutrition research.

Our work simply isn’t possible without the help of research participants willing to advance scientific knowledge in this field.

We’re currently seeking participants for the following exercise and nutrition research studies.

If you are interested in taking part in a study or finding out more information about what’s involved, please contact us or register using the online form.

About this study

This exciting study looks at the effect of time-restricted eating on controlling changes in blood sugars associated with type 2 diabetes.

Diet is a common first-line treatment for individuals with type 2 diabetes, used to improve blood glucose control. Time-restricted eating (TRE) is a dietary strategy that encourages longer periods of fasting by reducing the time window that energy is consumed. It has been proposed that by purposefully delaying breakfast and eating dinner earlier in the evening, in a TRE pattern, blood glucose regulation may improve.

Read more about this study

What is involved for participants?

You will be asked to attend the laboratory on eight occasions (about 10 hours in total) for non-invasive measures including blood sampling and questionnaires. We will also monitor your dietary intake over a five-week study period, including four weeks of time-restricted feeding (reducing your eating window).

Benefits to participation

  • Metabolic health profile in the form of an individual report at the conclusion of the study
  • Usage of continuous glucose monitors for six weeks, with individual reports from each week at the conclusion of the study
  • Advancing medical research
  • $250 of vouchers for supermarket purchases

Who can participate?

To be eligible for this study, you must be aged between 35 to 65 years, have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus (diet-controlled or taking up to 2 oral hypoglycaemic agents for at least 3 months), have a BMI between 25 and 40 kg/m2, and be able to attend our laboratory in Fitzroy, Victoria, over a 7-week period.


Dr Evelyn Parr
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
+61 3 9230 8278 or +61 413 477 697

Ethics approval: 2018-75H

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About this study

Potatoes are relatively nutrient dense yet are often avoided as they are perceived as a high glycaemic index (GI) food and are negatively associated with carbohydrates. While the GI of potatoes has been well documented, these values vary and do not accurately represent their effect on blood glucose. The aim of this study is to evaluate glucose response following consumption of a potato-based mixed meal in both healthy individuals and persons with type 2 diabetes.

Read the Participant Information Letter to learn more about this study

Benefits to participation

Individual metabolic health profile provided
Diet and activity advice provided by a dietitian
Body composition analysis
Learn about your blood glycaemic response
Participants are reimbursed

Who can participate?

To be eligible for this study, you must be male or female (if female, post-menopausal), aged between 35 and 75 years old, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, comfortable with blood collection, and not be exercising frequently.


Bridget Radford
+61 3 9230 8284

Ethics approval: 2017-263H

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Women (with or without PCOS) wanted for health study

Women (with or without PCOS) wanted for health study

Researchers at Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research are calling for women to take part in the 'FIREx' study exploring insulin resistance in women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

The researchers are seeking women who want to 'better understand their health and improve their physical activity and nutrition behaviours'. To date, fifteen participants have taken part and are showing some really promising results with improved fitness, insulin sensitivity and metabolic health. The study involves attending information sessions, testing sessions and supervised exercise training. Participants will attend either The Australian Catholic University Fitzroy Campus or The Victoria University Footscray Park Campus for a period of up to 16 weeks, depending on study group allocation.

All participants will have the following tests:

  • DEXA scans to measure body composition
  • Blood sampling
  • Hyperinsulinaemic-euglycaemic clamp (used to determine insulin sensitivity)
  • Muscle and fat sampling
  • Exercise testing
  • Lifestyle questionnaires focusing on nutrition, quality of life and physical activity
  • Physical activity monitoring via accelerometer

Benefits include:

  • Free professional health testing and exercise training
  • Up to $200 in gift cards.

Institutes collaborate on women's health research

This project is part of a collaboration between several research institutes to improve knowledge on the mechanisms of insulin resistance and the health benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

Research partners include:

  • Mary McKillop Institute for Health Research (Australia Catholic University)
  • Victoria University (external link)
  • Monash University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (external link)

Apply to take part in the study

Female volunteers, with and without PCOS, are needed to participate in the new study titled 'Understanding the role of tissue Fibrosis in Insulin Resistance associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the impact of Exercise: The FIREx study'.

To take part in the study, and receive the benefits of free exercise training, women need to meet these criteria:

  • Not be taking oral contraceptives, insulin sensitisers or lipid lowering medications
  • Not smoke
  • Not be pregnant or looking to fall pregnant in next 6 months
  • Not have diabetes or cardiovascular disease

For more information, contact:

Rhiannon Patten, +61 3 9919 5246

Professor Nigel Stepto, +61 3 9919 5416

Alba Moreno,

Please note, additional inclusion/exclusion criteria apply. Please contact the researchers via the contact details on this page for more information.

Apply Now

Researchers are seeking women to take part in the 'FIREx' study exploring insulin resistance in women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

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Researchers from Australian Catholic University (ACU) are currently recruiting 8 – 11 year old children and their parents to participate in a 24-hour time-use study.

Apply to take part

ACU researchers would like to understand what healthy time-use looks like in children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Learn more

Participate in DIETRE study

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