Researchers at VU 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 can attend either Victoria University Footscray Park Campus or Australian Catholic University city campus over 16 weeks.

Benefits include:

  • free professional health testing and exercise training
  • up to $200 in gift cards.

Institutes collaborate on women's health research

Victoria University is working with several other research institutes to improve knowledge on the mechanisms of insulin resistance and the health benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

Research partners include:

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:

Apply now

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

Contact us

Rhiannon Patten
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSAM)
Institute for Health and Sport
Phone: 
+61 3 9919 5246
Nigel Stepto
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSAM)
Institute for Health and Sport
Phone: 
+61 3 9919 5416