NeuRA Magazine #24

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE

In the Autumn issue, we are excited to talk about the world first breakthrough in spinal cord research, pioneered by NeuRA scientist Dr Sylvia Gustin; the discovery of spinal cord sensation provides so many people around the world with new hope. Also in the issue, we speak with Senior Principal Research Scientist Prof Karen Anstey on dementia and insights from her research on how to age well. We discuss with Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert, the NSW Chair for Schizophrenia research, and her team, after their return from an international neuroscience conference held in Washington DC. And chat with Dr Lucette Cysique on how the first generation to grow old with HIV are ageing faster, “HIV is no longer a death sentence it is a chronic disease”. This is all in addition to highlighting our early Parkinson’s detection research and, our collaboration with Bowls NSW to launch the Bowling for Better Balance annuals event. The magazine finishes with a welcome interview with A/Prof Tony Roscioli, a recent addition to NeuRA and a group leader on Neuro-genomics.

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Ten siblings. One third live (or have passed away) with dementia.

The scourge of dementia runs deep in Lorna Clement's family. Of the eleven children her dear parents raised, four live (or have passed away) with complications of the disease. Her mother also died of Alzheimer's disease, bringing the family total to five. This is the mystery of dementia - One family, with two very different ageing outcomes. You will have read that lifestyle is an important factor in reducing the risk of dementia. We also know diet is a key factor, and an aspect that Dr Ruth Peter's is exploring at NeuRA. Along with leading teams delivering high profile evidence synthesis work in the area of dementia risk reduction, Dr Peters has a particular interest in hypertension (that is, high blood pressure) and in the treatment of hypertension in older adults. “We have known for a while that treating high blood pressure reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, but it is becoming clearer that controlling blood pressure may also help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Now we need to know what the best blood pressure is to protect brain health.” You are invited to read more about Lorna's story and Dr Peter's work, by clicking 'Read the full story' below. Please support dementia research at NeuRA Will you consider a gift today to help Dr Peter's unlock the secrets of healthy ageing and reduce the risk of dementia? Research into ageing and dementia at NeuRA will arm doctors and other medical professionals with the tools they need to help prevent dementia in our communities. Thank you for your support.
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