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Volunteers driving NeuRA research

Volunteers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) play a critical role in helping advance the treatment and understanding of diseases of the brain and spinal cord. National Volunteer Week (21-27 May) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. This years’ theme ‘Give a little. Change a lot’ represents the millions of volunteers Australia-wide who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, NeuRA wishes to thank all the volunteers that help us to discover, conquer and cure diseases of the brain and spinal…

Living well with Parkinson’s disease

More than 80,000 people are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Australia, and of these, approximately two thirds will fall each year. Ensuing injuries, hospitalisations, fear of falling and caregiver burden are devastating, widespread and costly. As the prevalence of PD will double between 2010 and 2040, the associated human and economic burden will also grow. Innovative therapies to improve balance and prevent falls in PD are therefore urgently needed. “People with PD particularly struggle with taking secure steps, avoid hazards at short notice or recovering their balance after unexpected slips or trips or if they are knocked or bumped…

Hypnosis Transforming Chronic Pain Treatment

Wednesday 16 May: Chronic low-back pain is the leading cause of disability in Australia and will develop in around 40% of the four million Australians who experience low back pain. Researchers from Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil; Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA); and the University of Washington, USA have identified a new drug-free treatment which combines hypnosis with pain management education to reduce the intensity of chronic low back pain. Associate Professor James McAuley from NeuRA and the University of NSW said despite the availability of pain medications and other pain therapies, an ideal treatment which benefits the majority of…

NeuRA Committee to Review Research Quality and Reproducibility in Australia

NeuRA has formally established a Research Reproducibility and Quality Committee which includes both junior and senior scientists. The Committee is investigating the state of work on the reproducibility and quality of medical research in Australia and overseas. It will propose measures aimed to drive local improvements in clinical and non-clinical medical research. For more information on the Research Reproducibility and Quality Committee contact Professor Simon Gandevia  

Falls Prevention Technology Starts Trials in Australia and in the UK

  Falls and fractures are a leading cause of hospitalisation in seniors, with one-third of people over 65, and one-in-two people over 80 experiencing a major fall each year. For older Australians, the social and personal impact of a fall can be enormous; especially when the fall results in mobility-related disability and a sudden loss of independence.  Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), under the leadership of Associate Professor Kim Delbaere has developed an innovative, world-first, technology-based program called StandingTall© to address the needs of correcting falls and balance in seniors. As a recent recipient of an Australian Government National Health and…

NON-HELMET users strongly influenced by parent’s attitude to safety

An Australian-first study shows that not all parents understand the importance of helmet use in children, with a worrying number of children under four riding scooters without a helmet. Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and UNSW Sydney reviewed the cases of more than 300 children who presented to emergency departments following injury caused while riding bicycles, scooters or skateboards. Parents were found to be the biggest influence on children wearing helmets, followed by their peers and celebrities. Dr Susan Adams, trauma surgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and study lead says that children should wear…