Investigative Studies

Investigative studies are key to improving our understanding of the nature of mental health disorders and often require healthy controls in addition to patient populations as volunteers.  

To read about our current investigative studies and to find out how to get involved, please see below. You can also view our Treatment Studies.

1. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation: the Influence of Gender and Menstrual Phase

Aim: to assess the impact of gender, and within female gender stages of the menstrual cycle associated with high and low endogenous estrogen, on the effect of tDCS and rTMS. 

Participants: Healthy right-handed controls (18-40 years)

Project Status: Recruitment underway

Contact details

Cassandra Thomson

Email: cassandra.thomson@monash.edu

2. Optimising the use of Theta Burst TMS in Modifying Brain Activity

Aim: To better understand the optimal conditions for changing prefrontal cortical activity with Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS). Specifically, we will explore whether effects on cortical excitability are related to the intensity of stimulation, the frequency at which stimulation pluses are applied, the location of stimulation within the prefrontal cortex and repeated applications of stimulation.

Participants: Healthy controls.

Project status: Recruitment underway.

Contact details

Sung Wook Chung

Email: sung.chung@monash.edu

3. Enhancing cognitive processing in depression: An investigation of non-invasive electrical brain stimulation methods

Aim: To investigate the capacity of two different methods of non-invasive transcranial electrical stimulation to enhance cognitive processing, in both healthy individuals and those with major depression.

Participants: Healthy controls and individuals with major depression.

Project status: Recruitment underway

Contact details 

Oscar Murphy

Email: oscar.murphy@monash.edu

5. Inside the mind of an 'ultra'

Aim: To investigate the psychological, cognitive and psychophysiological attributes of ultra-runners.  Click here for more details

Participants: Healthy controls.

Project status: Actively recruiting participants  

 Contact details

Greg Roebuck

Email: gregory.scott.roebuck@monash.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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