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Dr Julie Brown receives 2017 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant

NeuRA Researcher, Dr Julie Brown, has been awarded the 2017 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant to support the investigation into the use of comfort accessories and seat modifications by older drivers. The Aged Driver research program will be undertaken at the Transurban Road Safety Centre housed at NeuRA in Randwick NSW with results to be released in mid to late 2018.   By 2050 there will have more people living on the planet over 65 years of age, than under which further confirms the important need to better understand how to keep aged drivers safe in the future to ensure independent…

Aged Driver Research program: a world-first research investigation announced to improve safety for older drivers

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are pioneering research into aged driver safety with the announcement of a new study to be led by Senior Research Scientist, Dr Julie Brown. This study will be a world first investigation into the use of comfort accessories and seat modifications by older drivers where up to 25% are being found to use some adaptive comfort accessory.   Older Australians make up just 8% of licensed drivers, but account for over 14% of road fatalities. In a recent sample review of 380 drivers aged 75 years and older led by Dr Julie Brown it…

NeuRA hosts Mental Health Week breakfast at Parliament House

As part of a number of engagements across Mental Health Week, NeuRA hosted a special breakfast event at NSW Parliament as a guest of the Hon Tanya Davies MP. Speakers at this event included: Prof Cyndi Shannon-Weickert, Dr Jan Fullerton and Dr Justine Gatt. The event was very well attended by local and rural MP’s and has already resulted in strong support for the roll out of NeuRAtalks.org online seminar series to the national and rural population.

New Online Platform Delivers FREE Neuroscience Seminars For Curious Minds

Monday, 9 October 2017: Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has launched a new online destination to make the latest information on neuroscience research, discoveries and treatments more accessible –especially for those in rural or remote areas. The NeuRAtalks platform provides a unique opportunity for the public to hear the latest research directly from neuroscientists who work at the forefront of mental health research.  Launching in Mental Health Week, the first of the seminar series will feature world class scientists and breakthrough mental health research. Director and CEO Professor Peter Schofield said the new online seminar series is an exciting opportunity in…

What Has Sleep Got To Do With Mental Health? Everything!

  Friday, 6 October 2017: 40% of Australians aren’t getting enough sleep each night. Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) have highlighted the importance of sleep for mental health and wellbeing as Mental Health Week begins.  To become a healthier nation, Australians can all do their part by getting enough sleep each night. Research Scientist, Dr Hanna Hensen, from the NeuRA Sleep and Breathing Lab said sleep influences the function of key organs in the body and plays an important role in our 24hr biological rhythm. “It is during sleep several brain processes take place, memory consolidation occurs, and neural…

Hip Fracture Research Receives Health Services Research Award

Friday, 6 October 2017: The work of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Professor Jacqueline Close was last night honoured with the Health Services Research Award at Research Australia’s annual Health and Medical Research Awards. The Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry based at NeuRA, released its 2017 report last month which highlighted the current care provided to older Australians and New Zealanders who break their hip. The cost of treating hip fractures in Australia is estimated to be over $900million per year; yet one in 20 older hip fracture patients will die before they leave hospital and more than half…