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Nerve and spinal cord injury

HEALTH INFORMATION

Prevention and treatment of spinal cord injuries

WHAT WE KNOW

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, resulting in paralysis, loss of sensation, disruption of body functions and permanent disability. There are 350-400 new cases of spinal cord injury in Australia every year.

Spinal cord injuries are often a result of trauma such as experienced in motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and falls, and are seen most frequently in young men aged between 15-24 years. Spinal cord injuries can also have non-traumatic causes, such as arthritis, disc degeneration or other diseases such as cancer.

Our research ranges from development of preventative strategies to studies of treatments that improve the health and capacity of spinal patients.

 

What else is happening in Nerve and spinal cord injury research at NeuRA?

FEEL THE BUZZ IN THE AIR? US TOO.

The cold case of schizophrenia - broken wide open!

‘It is like they were miraculously healed!’’ Schizophrenia is diagnosed by clinical observation of behaviour and speech. This is why NeuRA researchers are working hard to understand the biological basis of the illness. Through hours of work and in collaboration with doctors and scientists here and around the world, NeuRA has made an amazing breakthrough. For the first time, researchers have discovered the presence of antibodies in the brains of people who lived with schizophrenia. Having found these antibodies, it has led NeuRA researchers to ask two questions. What are they doing there? What should we do about the antibodies– help or remove them? This is a key breakthrough. Imagine if we are treating schizophrenia all wrong! It is early days, but can you imagine the treatment implications if we’ve identified a new biological basis for the disease? It could completely change the way schizophrenia is managed, creating new treatments that will protect the brain. More than this, could we be on the verge of discovering a ‘curable’ form of schizophrenia? How you can help We are so grateful for your loyal support of schizophrenia research in Australia, and today I ask if you will consider a gift today. Or, to provide greater confidence, consider becoming a Discovery Partner by making a monthly commitment. We believe there is great potential to explore these findings. Will you help move today’s breakthrough into tomorrow’s cure? To read more about this breakthrough, click ‘read the full story’ below. You are also invited to read ‘Beth’s story’, whose sweet son Marcus lived with schizophrenia, by clicking here.
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