NeuRA Magazine #23


As part of our community engagement across Mental Health Week, NeuRA hosted a special breakfast event at NSW Parliament as a guest of the Hon Tanya Davies MP, the Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing. NeuRA’s Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert, Dr Jan Fullerton and Dr Justine Gatt each presented short and informative talks. The event was very well attended by local and rural MPs and has already resulted in strong support for the roll out of online seminar series to the national and rural population.

A Vivid style lights spectacular lit up the NeuRA building during Mental Health Week. Mrs Margarete Ainsworth turned on the lights in a special launch event to mark the beginning of the NeuRA public seminars and events which delivered a wide range of presentations focused on mental health disorders.

Co-Chairs of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, Prof Jacqueline Close and Prof Ian Harris were honoured by the Health Services Research Award at Research Australia’s Annual Health and Medical Research Awards. They proudly accepted the award on behalf of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, and said the award recognised the hard work of their entire team.



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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?