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 These opportunities have been submitted by GU Members (except where stated) via our website. Information provided is not on behalf of or endorsed by the Graduate Union.


These opportunities have been submitted by GU Members via our website. Information provided is not on behalf of or endorsed by the Graduate Union.


Eating disorder study - Do you ever lose control of your eating or binge eat? - sent on the 11/09/18

We are inviting women who experience loss-of-control eating to participate in a brain imaging study on mood and eating behaviour. 

The study involves two visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital: one screening visit, lasting ~4 hours, and one overnight visit, lasting ~36 hours. At the screening, we will collect a blood sample, measure your body composition and ask you some questions about your health history. We will then ask you to collect saliva samples at home. For the overnight visit, you will complete questionnaires, computer tasks, two MRI scans and more blood sampling. You will be compensated up to £250.

Eligibility criteria:
18-40 years old
Symptoms of anorexia nervosa (bingeing/purging) or bulimia nervosa
Body mass index (BMI) under 30
No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

Please contact Maggie Westwater:

Cholesterol study for patients with heart disease - sent on the 11/09/18

Would you like to help with medical research? Are you, or someone you know, a male or female aged 40 years and above who suffers from Cardiovascular Disease? If so, drop us a line! 

INTENSITY - HIGH is a study investigating the effects of lowering LDL Cholesterol (‘Bad Cholesterol’) and determining what benefits this has on improving vascular function. You will be asked to undertake CT and ultrasound scans, and asked to take established cholesterol-lowering medication.

You will be reimbursed any travel and parking expenses as a result of participating in this study and you will be paid on a pro-rata basis up to £500 as an honorarium for your participation and completion of the study.

If you think you may be interested and would like additional information about the study, please contact Dr Paul Cacciottolo on 01223 911806 or


MIND-MAPS STUDY - sent on the 29/08/18

We are looking for participants older than 50, who are diagnosed with either Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's disease, who are not on Donepezil. 

The purpose of the study is to investigate how well brain cells function in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease to help early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The study involves one visit to the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, and two visits to the Hammersmith Hospital in London. The study involves neuropsychological tests, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography scans.

In return for your help in research we offer a reimbursement of £800 in total as well as your travel expenses. We are also happy to arrange a taxi to pick you up from your house to make your travel easier.

If you are interested please contact Dr Ece Kocagoncu.
01223 273636



How Does Mood Influence Taste - sent on the 09/08/18


Earn up to £13 for taking part in this simple study! Complete a few simple questionnaires and tasks, eat some FREE biscuits, rate them, and earn money!

This is a three part study. You are guaranteed to earn £3 and may be invited to participate in 2 more sessions to earn an extra £10. Part 1 - completion of a questionaire and a computer task - approximately 20 minutes (£3 reward). Some participants will then be invited to take part in parts 2 and 3 of the study - the biscuit tasting tasks. You will be asked to sample a number of biscuits and to rate them on their taste. Each session will last around 30 minutes and a further £10 will be given at the end of all three sessions.