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Older driver safety compromised by seat cushions and pillows

New research has found that common accessories typically used by older Australians to improve comfort in cars may increase the chance of injury during a crash. Researchers at the Transurban Road Safety Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) conducted more than 130 crash test simulations using a wide range of car seat accessories and found that some types of accessories may pose health risks. These accessories include items that some drivers use to sit on, or place between their back and the seat, such as seat base cushions, seat back cushions, back support or head-rest cushions. “Around a quarter of…

NeuRA welcomes new funding to tackle Alzheimer’s

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) welcomes the announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt to provide $21 million to fund 13 research projects to help tackle dementia. The new funding includes a project led by Professor Kaarin Anstey from NeuRA and UNSW to develop risk assessment tools for doctors and researchers that will help determine someone’s likelihood of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), diabetes and stroke. The $2 million project will support development of online tools can be used by people around the world to determine which lifestyle or health factors they may need to better manage in order to achieve healthy…

NeuRA Awards and Scholarships 2019

NeuRA would like to congratulate the following students and postdoctoral researchers recognised at the scholarships and awards event held in NeuRA’s John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room earlier this week.   Dr Matthew Brodie The Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Postgraduate Fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease Research Dr Jasmine Menant The Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Postgraduate Fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease Research Dr Daina Sturnieks Rising Star Researcher Fellowship Dr Claire Shepherd The Grant Broadcasting Fellowship Dr Jan Fullerton The Janette Mary O’Neil Research Fellowship Dr Hanna Hensen The Hicksons Lawyers Postgraduate Scholarship Oliver Watkeys The Edward C Dunn Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship Angeliki…

What do Aboriginal Australians want from their aged care system? Community connection is number one

Written by Professor Tony Broe, Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA. Originally published by The Conversation.  The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians record high mid-life rates of multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is more than twice as common in the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians also experience higher rates of dementia in later life – three to four times the rates seen in non-Indigenous people. There remains a life expectancy gap of around ten years between…

NeuRA welcomes NSW Govt funding for spinal cord injury research

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement of a new $15 million investment in spinal cord injury research. This funding will help researchers to develop new treatment methods and cures for people who are suffering from spinal injuries. “Each year there are more than 300 new cases of spinal cord injury in Australia. Breakthroughs in research could significantly improve the quality of life for thousands of Australians who live with a permanent disability, such as paralysis or the loss of sensation,” said NeuRA CEO Peter Schofield AO. “Our research ranges from development of preventative strategies to studies of…

New WHO Guidelines recommend specific interventions for reducing the risk of dementia

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). NeuRA’s Professor Kaarin Anstey was a member of the Guideline Development Committee. Professor Anstey’s team, led by NeuRA’s Dr Ruth Peters, prepared the evidence briefs for six of the risk factors. 
 Professor Anstey says the Guidelines highlight the scientific evidence to support the…