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Main image:
Steve Turner,
Facility Manager, Genetic
Repositories Australia.
(above) Hilary Carter,
Mechanical Workshop Manager;
(opposite) MRI machine
used by researchers in the
NeuRA Imaging Centre.
Our Clinics & Facilities | 37
NeuRA has for several years operated a major
research clinic, Frontier, with the aim of better
diagnosing and understanding frontotemporal
dementia (FTD) and translating this research into
better clinical practice. This clinic not only provides
diagnosis and support for patient treatment but also
underpins our research efforts to better understand
the causes and progression of the illness.
There are several facilities at NeuRA to
support the research environment and the wider
medical community. These include the Genetic
Repositories Australia, the NeuRA Imaging Centre,
and the Sydney Brain Bank.
Genetic Repositories Australia (GRA) provides
researchers, nationally and internationally, with a
central facility for the processing, long-term secure
storage and distribution of human genetic samples.
This service forms an essential function for all
genetic and epidemiological studies that aim to
deliver new knowledge and improved health care.
The Falls and Balance Research Group has a
long history of research into the assessment and
prevention of falls in older people. As a result of the
group’s research, we have developed FallScreen®,
a full detailed assessment tool for use in hospitals
and long-term care institutions, and QuickScreen®,
a falls risk calculator designed as a screening
instrument for use in GPs’ surgeries. Both tools
are distributed globally.
Also supporting research are NeuRA’s
electrical and mechanical workshops. The unique
nature of some of our work means that essential
equipment required for experiments cannot
be bought ‘off the shelf’. Skilled technicians
collaborate with scientists to design, prototype,
and manufacture the equipment ranging from
large-scale frames to small tissue baths, which
can record electrical signals from individual
nerve cells.
A number of clinics and facilities, which form an integral part of the research
matrix, are located at NeuRA.