Welcome to BrainPark® – a facility of the future

We’d like to introduce you to the world’s first research facility with a new, ground-breaking approach to the treatment of addictive and compulsive behaviours: BrainPark®.

BrainPark - The David W. Turner Research Clinic - is an initiative of the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and Monash Biomedical Imaging. The reasons behind its establishment are quite simple.

Australians have some of the highest rates of addiction-related problems in the world. And yet treatment services are often over-stretched, inaccessible, or ineffective. Furthermore, up to 80% of those needing help with addiction and related mental health problems won’t engage with treatment services, and those who do engage usually relapse.

Part of the problem is the way that addiction-related issues are addressed. Conventional treatments are frequently problem-focused, addressing individual substances or behaviours – i.e. alcohol, smoking, gambling – in isolation. They are ill equipped to re-train the motivational forces driving people to keep engaging in them.

This approach is ineffective and outdated.

BrainPark is different. This exciting new facility, made possible through a generous donation of $2.2m from the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund (DWTEF) and supported by $1.15m from Monash University, will be the first facility to focus on modifying the underlying neurological, psychological, and environmental drivers of addictive behaviours that place individuals at risk of both developing and maintaining them.

“BrainPark will bring transformational changes to how addictions are experienced, diagnosed and treated,” Professor Murat Yücel, Addiction Program Lead at MICCN said. “We will use neuroscience to create healthy habits, brains and lifestyles, with a focus very much on empowerment and wellness, not just illness.”

BrainPark research programs will develop five integrated lifestyle and technology based interventions that have been chosen for their strong therapeutic potential and accessibility. These are: therapeutic virtual reality, physical exercise, meditation, non-invasive brain stimulation, and cognitive training.

“We are very excited to be bringing together world-leading brain scientists, health professionals and the community under one roof, to fast-track knowledge from the brain sciences into the community and help improve brain health of many Australians”, Professor Yücel said.

Want to know more?

As part of National Science Week 2018, we invite you to join us at our BrainPark Community Open Evening, where you will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive tour of this exciting new facility. For more information and to register for this FREE event, click here.

Contact:
Email: BrainPark@monash.edu
Tel: 03 990-BPARK (03 9902 7275)