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Ageing & Neurodegeneration

Neurodegeneration is the process by which a part of your brain dies as a result of trauma or disease.

There are several well-known diseases where neurodegeneration occurs, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, in which your memory and ability to think are affected, and Parkinson's disease and related disorders, in which your ability to move is affected.

At present, we don’t know how to prevent or cure neurodegenerative diseases, and our ability to treat them is limited. In most cases, we don’t know what causes these diseases.

Neurodegenerative disorders impact severely on your quality of life, as well as that of your family. The financial cost of these disorders – both to those affected by the disease and the Australian health system – is significant.

At Neuroscience Research Australia, we are identifying the causes of these disorders and are working towards developing better diagnostic methods and improved treatments. As part of this research, we are also examining what happens to the brain as we age.

Double Group

Parkinson’s disease, a common neurodegenerative disorder, occurs when certain cells in the brain that control movement die.

Halliday Group

Age-related neurodegenerative disorders are relentless progressive diseases, producing relatively rapid dependencies for care, and are therefore responsible for considerable health-related expenditure

Hodges Group

Our clinical research group is dedicated to the study of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders, notably motor neurone disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Hornberger Group

Our cognitive neuroscience group is investigating the neural correlates of behavior and cognition in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative diseases.

Ittner Group

Our research program is focused on two major neurodegenerative disease complexes - Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)/Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Kiernan Group

The Kiernan Group was established in 2001, with research labs based at NeuRA, linked to the Prince of Wales Clinical School UNSW and The Institute of Neurological Sciences, Prince of Wales Hospital

Kwok Group

Our genes play an important role in whether we develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Piguet Group

Individuals over the age of 65 years represent the fastest growing segment of the general population. This rise is accompanied by an increase in dementia cases.

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