The 1,000 Brains Study is a ground-breaking research project to identify the elements in the brain that cause life-changing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other types of dementia. 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 not only compare the genomes of people who reached old age with those who have died from neurodegenerative disease, but it will also conduct post mortem examinations to compare the brain tissue in these groups as well. Collecting and researching brain tissue takes place at NeuRA’s Sydney Brain Bank.
The Director of the Sydney Brain Bank at NeuRA, Dr Claire Shepherd, said Brain Banks are essential to underpin research into neurodegenerative disorders. “We can collect brain tissue and do our own research on this in the hope that we can find a cure or a treatment for these diseases and disorders,” said Dr Shepherd.
The 1,000 Brains Project is about understanding the genetics behind neurodegenerative disorders.
“We hope to sequence the genome of these people and understand what genetic risk factors and genes contribute to the disease process,” said Dr Shepherd. Holding the genetic information as well as the clinical information and the brain tissue greatly enriches the research outcomes that can be achieved.
On August 11 2019, 54 people took on the City2Surf for Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). The event is the world’s largest fun run with 80,000 participants taking on the 14km course, which stretches from Hyde Park in central Sydney to the iconic Bondi Beach. NeuRA thanks all of its fundraisers, who raised an incredible $30,903. This funding will further NeuRA’s […]