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Child Protection Reform Will Benefit From New Funding

Thursday, 1 November 2017: Children exposed to trauma in early life are at higher risk of developing emotional and mental health problems. Researchers from UNSW and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) have highlighted early intervention is crucial for these vulnerable children during a critical time for brain development.  A National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnerships Grant, in collaboration with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), was awarded to UNSW Associate Professor Melissa Green for research using data from the NSW Child Development Study. The study will identify early risk indicators for the determination of significant harm among…

Simple Exercise Improves Sleep

Could the answer to a sound night sleep be a simple tongue exercise?  A/Prof Danny Eckert and the Sleeping & Breathing team at NeuRA, will be conducting research to find out whether strengthening your tongue improves snoring habits.  The study builds upon Brazilian and Swiss studies that have shown playing the didgeridoo, and other tongue exercises, can reduce snoring in some individuals. A/Prof Eckert will be bringing the research to Australian shores with hopes of helping patients with sleep apnoea as well as everyday snorers. There are a range of exercises that have been created in collaboration with speech pathologists; Try lifting the tip…

Dr Julie Brown receives 2017 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant

NeuRA Researcher, Dr Julie Brown, has been awarded the 2017 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant to support the investigation into the use of comfort accessories and seat modifications by older drivers. The Aged Driver research program will be undertaken at the Transurban Road Safety Centre housed at NeuRA in Randwick NSW with results to be released in mid to late 2018.   By 2050 there will have more people living on the planet over 65 years of age, than under which further confirms the important need to better understand how to keep aged drivers safe in the future to ensure independent…

Aged Driver Research program: a world-first research investigation announced to improve safety for older drivers

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are pioneering research into aged driver safety with the announcement of a new study to be led by Senior Research Scientist, Dr Julie Brown. This study will be a world first investigation into the use of comfort accessories and seat modifications by older drivers where up to 25% are being found to use some adaptive comfort accessory.   Older Australians make up just 8% of licensed drivers, but account for over 14% of road fatalities. In a recent sample review of 380 drivers aged 75 years and older led by Dr Julie Brown it…

NeuRA hosts Mental Health Week breakfast at Parliament House

As part of a number of engagements across Mental Health Week, NeuRA hosted a special breakfast event at NSW Parliament as a guest of the Hon Tanya Davies MP. Speakers at this event included: Prof Cyndi Shannon-Weickert, Dr Jan Fullerton and Dr Justine Gatt. The event was very well attended by local and rural MP’s and has already resulted in strong support for the roll out of NeuRAtalks.org online seminar series to the national and rural population.

New Online Platform Delivers FREE Neuroscience Seminars For Curious Minds

Monday, 9 October 2017: Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has launched a new online destination to make the latest information on neuroscience research, discoveries and treatments more accessible –especially for those in rural or remote areas. The NeuRAtalks platform provides a unique opportunity for the public to hear the latest research directly from neuroscientists who work at the forefront of mental health research.  Launching in Mental Health Week, the first of the seminar series will feature world class scientists and breakthrough mental health research. Director and CEO Professor Peter Schofield said the new online seminar series is an exciting opportunity in…