NeuRA Magazine #26

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CAN HUMANS LIVE TO 150?

The international Living to 100 Conference was recently held in Sydney hosted by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney.

The conference brought together leaders in the field of ageing from around the globe to debate and unravel the secrets of successful ageing.

The internationally acclaimed line up of speakers included NeuRA’s CEO Professor Peter Schofield, NeuRA Senior Research Scientist, Dr Karen Mather and NeuRA Senior Research Facility Manager, Dr Claire Shepherd.

Over the two-day conference experts deliberated on the latest research on exceptionally long-lived individuals, in particular centenarians and supercentenarians. But a hotly debated question at the conference was, Can humans live to 150? While some experts were pessimistic, Professor Peter Schofield, who has been studying the brain for decades is more optimistic.

“The things that may make it possible to conceive that humans will live to 150 are probably going to have to be quite innovative – they are probably going to need things like potential genetic therapies, drug therapies,” Professor Schofield told SBS News.

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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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