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NeuRA is a leading authority on human memory,
defining the diseases that attack our brains and
minds, and developing biomarkers to measure it,
and treatments that may halt devastating changes.
Neurodegeneration is the process by which a
part of the brain dies as a result of trauma or disease.
Science currently does not know how to prevent or
cure neurodegenerative diseases, and our ability
to treat them is limited. The causes of Alzheimer’s
disease and dementia, motor neurone disease and
Parkinson’s disease continue to elude us.
Diseases that impact the brain and mind, and
through these the body, impact severely on your
quality of life, as well as that of your family.
The financial cost of these disorders – both
to those affected by the disease and the Australian
health system – is significant.
We are identifying the causes of these
disorders and are working towards developing
better diagnostic methods and improved treatments.
As part of this research, we are also examining what
happens to the brain as we age.
Our new facilities include expanded
laboratories and state of the art clinical consultation
and interview rooms. These spaces will speed up
our work on Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal
dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone
disease and healthy ageing.
Your Memory | 7
Main image:
Dr John Kwok
works on the genetics of
neurodegenerative diseases.
Inset:
(above) a thin section of
the cerebellum; (opposite)
Dr Muireann Irish investigates
memory and future thinking.
Abilities to remember and to think are sacred and deeply personal gifts that
are affected by a long list of diseases, and by ageing.
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We are identifying the causes of these disorders
and are working towards developing better
diagnostic methods and improved treatments.
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