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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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.