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NeuRA Magazine #19

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

The summer 2016 issue of the NeuRA Magazine (#19) catches up with Dr Bill Brooks to find out the latest information regarding the DIAN study. We spend time with Prof Vaughan Macefield to become familiar with the innovative technique he uses to understand how the brain influences blood pressure. New research has provided further evidence for subgroups of people with schizophrenia; we find out what this means for treatments. Dr Julie Brown shares why child injury prevention is so important and the policy changes that have been introduced as a result of her research, and we find out what new information our young researchers are bringing to the field of stroke recovery and autism research.

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'I've got the best job for you dad. Your shaky arm will be perfect for it!'

Children… honest and insightful. Their innocence warms the heart. But what words do you use to explain to a child that daddy has an incurable brain disease? What words tell them that in time he may not be able to play football in the park, let alone feed himself? What words help them understand that in the later stages, dementia may also strike? Aged just 36, this was the reality that faced Steve Hartley. Parkinson's disease didn't care he was a fit, healthy, a young dad and devoted husband. It also didn't seem to care his family had no history of it. The key to defeating Parkinson's disease is early intervention, and thanks to a global research team, led by NeuRA, we're pleased to announce that early intervention may be possible. Your support, alongside national and international foundations Shake it Up Australia and the Michael J Fox Foundation, researchers have discovered that a special protein, found in people with a family history of the disease increases prior to Parkinson’s symptoms developing. This is an incredible step forward, because it means that drug therapies, aimed at blocking the increase in the protein, can be administered much earlier – even before symptoms strike. The next step is to understand when to give the drug therapies and which people will most benefit from it. But we need your help. A gift today will support vital research and in time help medical professionals around the world treat Parkinson’s disease sooner, with much better health outcomes. Thank you, in advance, for your support.  
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