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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

Our research focuses on why only certain brain cells die in the common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s disease and the disease processes that result in the death of these cells.

Halliday Group

The Halliday group concentrates on understanding the tissue changes associated with neurodegenerative dementias and movement disorders in order to develop mechanistic treatments and diagnostic tools.

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, the Prince of Wales Hospital, the University of NSW, Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Royal Pr

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.