Research into Response Inhibition

Effective interactions in social settings commonly require the suppression of unwanted or undesirable responses. One way we look at response inhibition in a laboratory setting is through the Stroop test. Here, participants are presented with a word that is a colour – that is printed in either the same or different coloured ink. Their task is to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to the ink colour the work is printed in, and overcome the automatic task of reading the word aloud.

We are interested in exploring the processes through which incorrect responses are suppressed and how they are influenced by ageing. We would therefore like to recruit male and female participants aged between 60 and 85 who have normal or corrected to normal vision (not colourblind) and are free of neurological conditions.

This experiment will take place in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham and will take approximately 25 mins.

You will receive £5 plus travel expenses for your participation.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Brieze Read via email or 07938832880


Would you like to help the BBC by featuring in a film?

Would you like to help the BBC by featuring in a film about the advice you would give to your younger self about life in general, relationships, looking after your health, and employment etc? The film will be part of a series which are shot and edited in a similar way to the film made with Macmillan nurses – The Macmillan nurses film was far-reaching with 2 million views on Facebook and 1.5 million on the BBC website (so far); it had a big impact on people, with many sharing their own stories.

If you are interested in taking part please email Lisa Fuller (

Physical Activity Intervention for Loneliness (PAIL) in community-dwelling older adults: a feasibility study

We are looking for suitable volunteers to take part in a 12 Week outdoor group walking programme organised by doctoral research students.

Who are we looking for?

  • Older adults aged 60 years or over;
  • Inactive (less than 20 minutes of a regular exercise per week for the past month);
  • At risk of loneliness or social isolation (e.g. living alone, recently widowed, with a long-term care responsibility, etc.);
  • Able to walk without support (walking stick is okay); 

What do I have to do?

You will attend a once weekly walking group session with a trained walk leader. This is an opportunity for you to make new friends, increase your physical activity and have a good time. You will attend 5 health assessments which will usually take about 30-minutes. These assessments will measure height, weight, resting blood pressure, and physical activity. You will be asked to complete some questionnaires and attend 2 focus group interviews.

For more information, please call 07490392720 or e-mail: (Doctoral research student Anastasia Shvedko).

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Physical activity for knee and hip osteoarthritis

We are conducting a study looking into daily physical activities as a means of management of knee or hip osteoarthritis, i.e. their relationship to pain, mobility, general health and well-being. We also wish to understand what helps people be more active and sit less, as well as what might be personal barriers to engaging in physical activity and facilitators of time spent sedentary.

Your participation would involve wearing a small plastic activity monitoring device on your waist for a week and one visit to University of Birmingham- to fill in a few questionnaires and have your blood pressure, walking speed, % of fat and muscle in your body measured (all simple, non-invasive procedures). We offer tea and £10 reimbursement.

If you have a diagnosis of knee or hip osteoarthritis, are not considering or scheduled for a joint replacement at the present time and would like to find out more, please contact Archontissa Kanavaki, Doctoral Researcher at 07542233150,

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Volunteers needed for Brain Imaging study

Are you between 60 and 75 years old without any history of metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory disease?

If yes, we need your help!

We are conducting a research project that will allow us to measure and compare energy metabolism in the brain of younger and older individuals

The study involves one single visit to the Birmingham University Imaging Centre

The visit will last approximately 1 to 1 ½  hours

Please contact: Claire Burley: or Sam Lucas:

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Patient and Public Involvement with the healthcare education programmes in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Are you interested in sharing your perspective of the Health Service, in ways that could lead to improvement of health care? If so, the Institute of Clinical Sciences is currently trying to achieve a sustainable and representative patient and public involvement group for curriculum development for both the new pharmacy and the independent prescribing programmes.  Although in an early phase of development, they currently have a new web page to explain the roles and opportunities that exist, with an area for registration where you can make contact and discuss the roles that you might be interested in. For further information please see .

Older People’s Cancer Voices Learning Events

Booking is open

Are you:

  • Involved in providing older people’s advocacy?
  • A commissioner of advocacy services?
  • Working in health and social care and interested in advocacy for older people affected by cancer?
  • A patient or carer affected by cancer?

Join OPAAL and her project partners I-CANN, Beth Johnson Foundation, Help & Care and Dorset Advocacy at one of our regional events.


  • London: Voluntary Action Islington Thursday 27th July 11:30am – 4pm
  • Manchester: Friends Meeting House Tuesday 1st Aug 11:30am – 4pm

2014 – 2017 OPAAL delivered Older People’s Cancer Voices, a three year Department of Health funded project; this programme ran alongside our £3.2m Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) programme. Older People’s Cancer Voices amplified the voices of older people affected by cancer into health and care settings “making the advocacy for older people affected by cancer that we are passionate about really sing!”

OPAAL developed a range of influencing resources in partnership with four project partners and co-produced alongside older people. These events showcase these tools and key learning from our cancer advocacy programmes; you’ll come away with ideas and tools to help you gain a better insight into the key issues older people affected by cancer want you to understand, to help you increase health and care professionals’ and commissioners’ understanding of advocacy and explore the potential for cancer advocacy provision in your area.

Sign up for your place now: