NeuRA Magazine #22

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

In the Spring 2017 issue we are reminded about the importance of research and the legacy we can leave by volunteering, not just during our life, but also on our passing. NeuRA is home to the Sydney Brain Bank, where our scientists work in conjunction with researchers around the world to provide critical tissue samples required for research into Alzheimer’s and other disorders of the brain. We chat with Associate Professor Melissa Green about her work on the risk factors for mental illness, and also take a look into the important work understanding the risk of falls in people with Parkinson’s Disease with members of the Falls, Balance and Injury group. We also recap the launch of the Child Safety Good Practice Guide.

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Sydney Science Festival comes to NeuRA

 

Are you getting enough sleep?

 

Leaving a Legacy of Discovery

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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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