Understanding human muscle cellular function

Are you interested in knowing what your physical fitness is like? We are looking for participants to take part in a clinical study at Grafton Campus.

What's involved?

This study involves two 1 hour visits to Grafton Campus.

The first visit will require you to perform a VO2 max to determine your fitness level and to test if you are eligible to take part in the study. There will also be a strength test and get a DEXA scan to determine your body composition. This visit can happen at any time during the day and you do not need to be fasted.

The second visit will happen at least 72 hours after the first to allow the muscles to rest. This will require you to come early in the morning (usually around 7-8am) to take a fasting blood and muscle sample. To collect the muscle sample, a medical professional will perform a small sterile surgical procedure on your leg. There will be local anaesthesia to prevent you from feeling pain.

At the end of the study, you will be compensated with a $50 Westfield or MTA voucher for your time and effort.

Eligibility criteria

  • Male
  • 20-35 years old
  • BMI 18-30 kg/m2
  • No metabolic or skeletal-muscular diseases
  • Either fit with a history of endurance training or sedentary with minimal or no regular exercise


If you would like to be a part of this study or find out more, please send your age, height, weight and whether you'd describe yourself as fit or sedentary to:

Alex Chan

Dr Troy Merry

This study has been approved by the HDEC Ethics Committee on 24 October 2017, Reference Number 17/STH/154