Restoring balance function


A prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. Technologies are constantly being developed to actively aid or restore movement to individuals suffering from muscular impairments or weakness, neurologic injury, or amputations.

There are a wide variety of prefabricated and custom-made prostheses. Due to modern advances in technology, prostheses are becoming lighter, stronger and more naturally functioning. Technological advances include the ‘energy storing foot’, the ‘microprocessor controlled knee’ and the ‘myo-electric’ (bionic) hand.

Much like a cochlear implant restores auditory function, a vestibular prosthesis restores balance function.

What else is happening in Prosthetics research at NeuRA?


Ten siblings. One third live (or have passed away) with dementia.

The scourge of dementia runs deep in Lorna Clement's family. Of the eleven children her dear parents raised, four live (or have passed away) with complications of the disease. Her mother also died of Alzheimer's disease, bringing the family total to five. This is the mystery of dementia - One family, with two very different ageing outcomes. You will have read that lifestyle is an important factor in reducing the risk of dementia. We also know diet is a key factor, and an aspect that Dr Ruth Peter's is exploring at NeuRA. Along with leading teams delivering high profile evidence synthesis work in the area of dementia risk reduction, Dr Peters has a particular interest in hypertension (that is, high blood pressure) and in the treatment of hypertension in older adults. “We have known for a while that treating high blood pressure reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, but it is becoming clearer that controlling blood pressure may also help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Now we need to know what the best blood pressure is to protect brain health.” You are invited to read more about Lorna's story and Dr Peter's work, by clicking 'Read the full story' below. Please support dementia research at NeuRA Will you consider a gift today to help Dr Peter's unlock the secrets of healthy ageing and reduce the risk of dementia? Research into ageing and dementia at NeuRA will arm doctors and other medical professionals with the tools they need to help prevent dementia in our communities. Thank you for your support.