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NeuRA celebrates NAIDOC week

Because of her, we can! The theme of #NAIDOCWeek is ‘because of her we can’ and this week at NeuRA we’re celebrating the important work done by NeuRA staff to address the rising prevalence of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Alison Timbery, Project Assistant, NeuRA Meet Alison Timbery. Alison is a Bediagal woman who grew up in La Perouse. Alison works as a Project Assistant on the Koori Growing Old Well Study at NeuRA. Alison’s work involves interviewing Aboriginal Elders who are participating in the study and collecting data including DNA samples. She also takes…

Launching emerging researchers on a path to discovery

One in five Australians is affected by a disease or disorder of the brain and nervous system. The burden on our community is immense and is forecasted to escalate as Australia ages. NeuRA’s mission is to discover, conquer and cure to bring hope to people affected by diseases or disorders of the brain. To help achieve this vision we have designed the Launch Pad Program to accelerate our researchers on their path to discovery. NeuRA’s Launch Pad Program is designed to attract and retain the very best and brightest PhD students and post-doctoral fellows from within Australia. This program is…

MJA editorial: Multimorbidity in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people

Research based on linked NSW hospital data has found that multimorbidity – the presence of two or more chronic diseases – is two and a half times higher in Aboriginal people than non-Aboriginal people admitted to hospital. These findings may explain the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Senior Principal Research Fellow Professor Tony Broe and Research Fellow Dr Kylie Radford, both from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), have written an editorial about these findings in The Medical Journal of Australia. “The age pattern of multimorbidity indicated by these linked hospital and mortality data underscores the importance of social…

NeuRA and the University of Alabama receive research grant for the study of pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has awarded its 2018 Collaborative Research Grants of US$15,000 to two global teams. One of the research teams awarded the grant is led by NeuRA’s Dr Sylvia Gustin and Dr Zina Trost from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. They successfully proposed the following research project: Identifying Cortical Mechanisms of Virtual Reality Walking Intervention for Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury.   Approximately 70 per cent of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) report pain; a third describe pain as debilitating.   The proposed project seeks to address important gaps…

NeuRA Launches Ageing Well Week

Did you know there will be nearly one million Australians with dementia by 2050? While this is a challenge, there are some simple steps you can take to age well and reduce your risk of dementia To find out how you can reduce your risk of dementia join us for Ageing Well Week this June. Our seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and online will feature keynote speaker Professor Kaarin Anstey who will discuss the lifestyle factors that can lead to dementia and the simple steps you can take to reduce your risk. The seminar series will also feature Dr Bill Brooks…

Breakthrough in cleft lip and palate research

New genes identified in a significant proportion of affected people. Thursday 7th June 2018: Four genes have been identified which work together to cause cleft lip and palate, in an international research collaboration. The genes, associated for the first time with cleft lip and palate, encode proteins that work together in a network, providing important insights into the biological basis of one of the most common physical malformations. The NHMRC funded project was led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and UNSW Sydney; and Professor Timothy Cox, from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and…