NeuRA Magazine #21

News

NEW RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

NeuRA has established a new research partnership with Transurban, launching a dedicated world-class research centre for road safety.

The Transurban Road Safety Centre was officially opened by the Hon Brad Hazzard MP, NSW Minister for Health and Minster for Medical Research. The joint venture brings together Medical Research, Business and Government into a partnership aimed at working together to reduce injury suffered on our roads.a

“This vital research project will better shape road safety priorities and ultimately save more lives – not only on NSW roads but across the country,” Mr Hazzard said.

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Australians aged between 1 and 45 years, and road trauma is responsible for a substantial proportion of this problem. The burden of road trauma in Australia is considerable, with around 1,300 deaths and 65,000 hospitalisations each year. Estimates suggest that road trauma costs the Australian government $27 billion annually, however the human costs to families affected by road trauma is immeasurable.

The launch of the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA is an excellent example of the opportunities and benefits which partnerships can bring to the community, to make roads safer, protect passengers from injury, and ultimately save lives.

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FEEL THE BUZZ IN THE AIR? US TOO.

During three decades on Australian television, two simple words brought us to attention.

‘Hello daaaahling’. Outrageous, flamboyant, iconic – Jeanne Little captivated Australians everywhere with her unique style, cockatoo shrill voice and fashion sense. "Mum wasn't just the life of the party, she was the party.” Katie Little, Jeanne’s daughter remembers. This icon of Australian television brought a smile into Australian homes. Tragically, today Jeanne can't walk, talk or feed herself. She doesn't recognise anyone, with a random sound or laugh the only glimpse of who she truly is. Jeanne Little has Alzheimer's disease. The 1,000 Brains Study NeuRA is very excited to announce the 1,000 Brains Study, a ground-breaking research project to identify the elements in our brains that cause life-changing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other dementias. This study will focus on the key unresolved question: why do some of us develop devastating neurodegenerative diseases, while others retain good brain health? The study will compare the genomes of people who have reached old age with healthy brains against the genomes of those who have died from neurodegenerative diseases, with post mortem examination of brain tissue taking place at NeuRA’s Sydney Brain Bank. More information on the study can be found here. Will you please support dementia research and the 1,000 Brains Study and help drive the future of genetics research in Australia? https://youtu.be/q7fTZIisgAY
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