Current research

iMAP Melbourne

The iMAP study

The international Mind, Activities and urban Places in Melbourne study (iMAP) study is investigating how our neighbourhood and other places we regularly visit interact with lifestyle to impact brain health and psychological function in middle to late adulthood.

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Healthy built environment in Japan

Physical inactivity is a major public health concern in Japan. Data from a national sample of Japanese adults show that less than one third of the population engage in sufficient physical activity.

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Dynamic Activity Spaces Pilot Study

While an active lifestyle has social, physical and cognitive benefits for people of all ages, levels of activity tend to decrease with age. The place where we live has been shown to influence our levels of activity.

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Impact of greenery in residential care

Mental health issues are common in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Admission to RACF can be particularly stressful, and has been linked to increased depressive symptoms.

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The IPEN Adult study

To accurately assess the strength of association of the built environment with physical activity and weight status, greater environmental variability is required than any one country can provide. Thus, we have undertaken a ground-breaking international study.

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The IPEN Adolescent study

To accurately assess the strength of association of the built environment attributes with PA, sedentary behaviour and weight status, greater environmental variability is required than any one country can provide.

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Cardio-metabolic risk in the built environment

Cardio-metabolic diseases (heart diseases and diabetes) are a major burden to our society. Physically-inactive lifestyles can elevate the risk of these diseases. 

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