BrainPark

BrainPark investigates lifestyle therapies for people with addiction and compulsive disorders.

Head of the Facility

Professor Murat Yucel

Contact details and opening hours.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
E: BrainPark@monash.edu
P: +61 3 9902 7275


Brain Park is not currently accepting referrals.

During this interim we would like to invite you to take part in a range of studies currently operating to better understand addiction and mental health.

Brain, Exercise, and addiction trial.


An exercise intervention study to restore ‘brain health’ in cannabis users
  • FREE 12-week exercise program
  • Up to $700 financial compensation
  • Small group training exercise sessions
  • Personalised health reports
  • attending exercise sessions 3 times a week for 12-weeks at BrainPark, Clayton
  • completing questionnaires and cognitive activities
  • completing 2 MRI brain scans (before and after the program)
  • completing 2 brief fitness tests (before and after the program)
  • providing urine, saliva, and hair samples
  • providing a referral from your GP to document your fitness to exercise

What's involved?

  • attending exercise sessions 3 times a week for 12-weeks at BrainPark, Clayton
  • completing questionnaires and cognitive activities
  • completing 2 MRI brain scans (before and after the program)
  • completing 2 brief fitness tests (before and after the program)
  • providing urine, saliva, and hair samples
  • providing a referral from your GP to document your fitness to exercise

Get Started

To find out if this study is right for you, we need to ask you some brief questions about your use of cannabis and other drugs, and your history of mental illness. Your answers are strictly confidential and you will not be asked to provide your name or any identifying information until the end.
The survey will take approximately 1-2 minutes to complete, the link to the survey can be found here.

Contact

Do you have questions about the program?

Further details about the program will be provided after completing the questions in the link above.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact our research team.

Phone: 03 9902 4997

Email 1: Christopher.Andara@monash.edu
Email 2: Leonie.Duehlmeyer@monash.edu

This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project Number: 12563


Conquering compulsivity.


Retraining body and brain to conquer compulsivity.
  • FREE 8-week app-based stress management training + support sticking with it
  • FREE personalised 8-week exercise program + support sticking with it
  • FREE 8-week Monash Sports Gym membership
  • Access to Garmin sports watch
  • Picture of your MRI brain scan
  • Financial compensation for your time and effort

About the program

The Conquering Compulsions program is a great opportunity to get your mind and body in shape and get on top of unhelpful habits. A ‘compulsion’ is a bit like a strong habit. It’s something we do again and again, and have trouble not doing even though it’s not helping us. Lots of people have compulsive behaviours, as many as 80% of us. This research program is focusing on mild everyday kind of compulsions, and investigating whether exercising regularly and reducing our stress levels can change activity in brain circuits that drive compulsions, and reduce how often we feel the need to engage in them. ​

Who can join?

We’re looking for volunteers who:

  • are aged 18 - 40 years
  • want to take part in an 8-week exercise and stress management training program
  • have access to a smart phone or tablet
  • have a compulsion, or strong habit, they’d like to reduce in one or more of the following areas:
    • drinking alcohol
    • eating
    • washing or cleaning
    • checking
    • ordering or arranging objects

Whats involved?

Participation will involve:

  • commitment to the 8-week exercise and stress-management program
  • completing questionnaires and cognitive activities
  • completing 2-3 fitness tests
  • having 2-3 MRI brain scans
  • providing occasional saliva samples

Get started

To find out if this is the right study for you, we need to ask a few questions about your lifestyle and habits. Your answers are strictly confidential and you will not be asked to provide your name or any identifying information until the end.
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, the link to the survey can be found here.

Contact

Do you have questions about the program?

Further details about the program will be provided after completing the questions in the link above. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact our research team.

Phone: 03 9902 4997

Email 1: Lucy.Albertella@monash.edu
Email 2: Lauren.Denouden@monash.edu

This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project Number: 2016-0437-507

Location of service and travelBrainPark, 770 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, AUS.
BrainPark is located within the same building as Monash Biomedical Imaging. Limited free parking is available in the BrainPark/Monash Biomedical Imaging carpark. Additional free parking can be found in the surround side streets. Please allow sufficient time prior to your appointment find parking. Outside of the facility there is a Route 703 (Stop Australian Synchrotron/770 Blackburn Rd) bus stop that stops at Syndal, Blackburn, Clayton, and Middle Brighton train stations.