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Associate Professor Tony Roscioli receives Federal Government funding

A research project that will examine the feasibility of genomic testing has received funding from the Australian federal Government Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF). The two-year project, PreGen, will be led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli, who is an expert in genomics at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), UNSW and New South Wales Health Pathology. The funding received will allow PreGen to perform genomic tests in families seen at 10 of Australia’s largest maternity centres. This will assess the benefits made available from antenatal genomic testing. “We do not currently have easily accessible accredited antenatal genomic testing in Australia. Pregnancy abnormalities…

Study shows migrant teens are more resilient to trauma than other youths

A new study has found that migrant teenagers who have moved within their own country or overseas are more resilient and better able to recover from trauma than teenagers who have not moved from their hometown. Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) compared the mental health and wellbeing of youths aged 10-17 in order to identify whether migrants or non-migrants are better able to function after experiencing trauma. The global study, published in Frontiers, examined 194 youths who were born in or had migrated to: Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand (NZ), South Africa and the United Kingdom (UK). “Our study…

Researchers uncover key factors that help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to age well

Researchers have released a new report showcasing how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are successfully avoiding dementia and protecting their brain health. The Sharing the Wisdom of Our Elders report by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) details the findings of a six-year study with Elders across Aboriginal communities to identify the key factors that help Indigenous Australians thrive as they age. The report is the output of a project funded by the Lowitja Institute after NeuRA research found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians develop dementia about 10 years earlier than the general population.  Alarmingly, the rate of dementia is…

Support Rhonda Burchmore & help NeuRA’s research

If you’ve been watching Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, you may have seen NeuRA mentioned a couple of times! Rhonda Burchmore, one of Australia’s biggest theatre stars, has selected NeuRA as her charity of choice for the series. This means that keeping Rhonda in till the end and crowning her ‘Queen of the Jungle’ will result in NeuRA receiving a $100,000 donation.       How can I support Rhonda and NeuRA at the same time? 1. Vote by SMS Save Rhonda! To keep your Rhonda in the jungle, SMS ‘Rhonda’ to 1995 10 10. Each…

Researchers identify new modifiable safety risk in cars for children

A series of crash-test simulations have found that the shape and height of arm rests in the rear seat of cars can reduce the effectiveness child restraints during side impact crashes. The study by Julie Brown, co-director of the Transurban Road Safety Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), found that the position of arm rests can influence the likelihood of head injuries during a crash, even when a child is correctly strapped into their car seat. Her team of researchers found the risk of head injury during a side collision can increase by up to 52 per cent depending on…