Update FACTS info sheet to phase 2.

FACTS is a research project at the University of Melbourne, which is investigating how the environments children grow up in (such as family relationships) influence their brain development. This information will help us develop programs that promote the best possible outcomes for children, and hopefully make life easier for parents.

Recruitment to date

We have finished recruiting families into the project and reached our target of 160 mothers and their children! Participation in part 1 of the project involved two appointments at the University of Melbourne and/or The Royal Children's Hospital when children were approximately 8 years of age. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the families who participated, for the time and effort they have put into this project!

Next phase

We are now ready to invite families back to participate in part 2 of FACTS! This involves one appointment at The Royal Children's Hospital, which takes about 3 hours to complete. We will be contacting families 18 months following their participation in part 1 of the project.


If you have any questions about part 2 of FACTS, please contact us on any of the means listed to the right and we will be happy to speak to you! We will explain the study in more detail, send you some additional information, and make sure you understand what is involved before you decide whether or not you want to take part. As with part 1, if you and your family wish to take part, you will be compensated for time and travel costs.

What it's like to have an MRI for research at The Royal Children's Hospital:


This video was commissioned by the Developmental Imaging Research Group at The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI)

How to collect your saliva sample for FACTS