Brain and Mental Health Research Participation


Our team conducts non-profit neuroscience research programs.
We need volunteers like you!
You can help our team discover new treatments and improve the health and wellbeing of people living with, or at risk of, addictions and mental illness.

To get involved in exciting research programs using state-of-the-art facilities, with some of the world’s leading experts, click on the research programs below to learn more about what’s involved.​


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Brain, Exercise, and Addiction Trial 
An Exercise Intervention Study to Restore 'Brain Health' in Cannabis Users

FREE 5-week exercise program
Up to $325 financial compensation
Small group training exercise sessions
Personalised health reports


About the Brain, Exercise, and Addiction Trial: 
When people use cannabis very regularly for many years it can have a negative impact on the health of their brain. A small structure deep within the brain called the hippocampus (a key brain region for memory, learning, and emotional processing) is particularly vulnerable to the effects of heavy cannabis use. 

The good news is that the brain harms caused by long-term cannabis use can be reversed. The challenge is that it takes a very long time, two years or more of abstinence. Many regular cannabis users struggle to quit for this long, so the BMH team are working to discover strategies that speed up the process of brain health recovery.

One such strategy may be exercise! Regular exercise has a positive effect on physical and mental health, and can increase the size of the hippocampus. It’s not yet known how much or what kind of exercise produces the best results. This opportunity is to take part in the pilot phase of a longer research study designed to compare the effects of two different exercise programs. The pilot phase differs to the full-scale study in that it involves exercising three times per week for 5-weeks whereas the longer study will involve 12-weeks of exercise. Both exercise programs offer an opportunity to improve your physical fitness, increase your energy levels, and reduce feelings of stress.


We’re looking for volunteers who: 
• are aged 20 - 50 years
• able to engage in a 5-week exercise program at BrainPark, Clayton
• have a history of regularly using cannabis

Participation will involve: 
• attending exercise sessions 3 times a week for 5-weeks at BrainPark, Clayton
• completing questionnaires and cognitive activities
• completing 2 brief fitness tests (before and after the program)
• providing urine samples
• providing a referral from your GP to document your fitness to exercise

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.

Click here to begin


Do you have questions about the program?
Further details about the program will be provided after completing the questions in the ‘get started’ link. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact our research team (details below).

Phone: 03 9902 4997


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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 Conquering Compulsivity: 
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.


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
· gambling
· eating
· washing or cleaning
· checking
· ordering or arranging objects

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

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.

Click here to begin


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