NeuRA Magazine #21

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

The Winter 2017 issue provides a look into our research in Alzheimer’s, and chronic pain. It also says thanks to all those who played in our Bridge for Brains month in May. We launch the NeuRA Digital Portal, our online research library with the first volume being the Schizophrenia Library and meet Associate Professor Danny Eckert of the NeuRA Sleep and Breathing Lab to update us on his team’s work on sleep apnoea. We also touch base with Dr Anna Hudson, one of our young researchers working in the area of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Don’t forget to watch some of our video content supporting articles in this months magazine.  Finally a huge thanks for your continued support – it is our vision to prevent and cure diseases and disability of the brain and nervous system.

 

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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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