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On the Road – NeuRA travels to the Southern Highlands

Last week NeuRA’s Bequest Manger Leonie Harle was on the road again, traveling two hours south of Sydney to the exquisite Southern Highlands to meet with important NeuRA bequestors and update them on NeuRA research and projects. Leonie chatted with these lovely ladies over tea, walks in the vineyards and in their own homes, explaining all the new research going on at NeuRA. Through all of our many research fields, Leonie specifically elaborated on our new Parkinson’s research, new brain mapping and atlas work and the new dementia group which has arrived, lead by Prof Anstey, whose research focuses on dementia…

Comfort, or crash trap?

A/Prof Julie Brown was recently featured in The Senior, elaborating on her work in her Injury Prevention Lab. Specifically she spoke about her work related to car safety and the elderly. “Seniors are nine times more likely than a younger person to have a serious injury in a similar type of crash,” A/Prof Brown said. “The most common of these are chest injuries, and even though the seatbelt is a really important device and saves the lives of these older people, these injuries occur because of them. “We’ve been looking at why that might be the case.” A/Prof Brown said…

How to Bounce Back

Life can get a bit crazy, and Dr Justine Gatt, one of our resident Senior Research Sceintists and Group Leader was recently featured in a article about how you can make yourself more resilient to stress. Following on from her great work in the E-Twin study, she found that mental wellbeing is 48 per cent genetic. The rest is due to environment and so can be improved. “We predict that resilience to stress can also be built,” Gatt says. “It’s malleable and so you can learn to build your resources over a lifetime.”   “Resilience is more of a process, rather…

Falls Prevention Lab Highlighted to International Audience

In a recent issue of New Scientist, Professor Stephen Lord, Dr Yoshiro Okubo and the Falls Prevention Lab were featured, showing off their innovated, one-of-a-kind lab to the international community. Prof Lord’s Falls Lab aims to train people to not fall over by actually making them trip, in the safety of a harness of course, until their brain begins to re-wire, making them quicker and more responsive. As the excerpt below goes on to say, a quarter of adults aged 69 or more who fracture their hip will die within a year, so highlighting this research is imperative: “A quarter…

NeuRA celebrates the life of Donald Patrick McDonald, AM

A Lifetime of Organising 15 Feb 1938 – 5 Jan 2018   NeuRA was proud to stand alongside Don in his quest to raise awareness about mental health, particularly in the area of Schizophrenia. Don was a very principled person driven by determination and purpose. He was born to organise and lead change, and he did it well and will be remembered for his drive, passion and conviction to bring awareness and support for mental health research here at NeuRA. He had a special quality that enabled him to inspire and mobilise others in his efforts to make the world…

HIV and Ageing – HIV is no longer a death sentence, it is a chronic disease

The first generation to grow old with HIV are ageing faster. “HIV is no longer a death sentence, it is a chronic disease” The generation of people who were the first to get cutting edge treatments for HIV, decades ago, are now growing old. Dr Lucette Cysique is Neuro HIV group leader here at NeuRA and has identified that there is a high mental health burden in the HIV+ population, and in Australia. Moreover, there is an increasing proportion of this HIV population has reached their 60’s because of the success of combined antiretroviral treatment (cART), which sees those infected…