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National Survey on Adaptive Vehicle technology

Automatic Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are increasingly available in modern vehicles, as technology moves toward fully self-driving cars. Many drivers have had experience with vehicles that are partially automated, where drivers can choose to enable automatic features but are still responsible for managing most of the driving tasks. However, there is limited understanding of older adults’ current experience with these systems. NeuRA researchers, led by Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey, are currently working to understand the experiences of older Australians with vehicles that have Automatic Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) that either fully or partially automate certain driving tasks such as speed…

Professor Georgina Long AO receives Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher for ground-breaking melanoma research

In recognition of her ground-breaking work, Professor Georgina Long AO was presented with the inaugural Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher by the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Before receiving her award, Professor Long  gave an address at NeuRA on ‘Achieving Zero Deaths from Melanoma’. Her research has prolonged life for people living with stage 4 melanoma who would have previously died, including those with brain metastases. Professor Long is ranked the world’s 5th and Australia’s 1st melanoma expert in all fields and disciplines. Her work features extensive clinical trials with a focus on therapies and immuno-oncology. Professor Long has…

Keeping older drivers safer on the road via the MemTech Project

The Changing Memory, Technology and Driving Study (MemTech) aims to investigate whether a dashboard camera and a GPS data logger can be used to measure changes in safety during an older driver’s everyday driving trips. Here, Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey gives us an insight into the MemTech project and the positive impact the valuable research will have on the future development of in-vehicle monitoring projects for driving safety. What is the MemTech project about? Aside from regular check-ups with a doctor, there are no accurate methods for objectively monitoring driver safety changes in the early stages of cognitive decline. Older…

Australian researchers take intergenerational practice into community settings to combat frailty

Associate Professor Ruth Peters, senior researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Science, has been awarded a $3.7 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant to investigate and evaluate in community settings the potential for Intergenerational Practice to reduce frailty in older adults and improve school readiness in children. The funding will enable researchers from eight leading Australian and international universities and research institutes to undertake the INTErGenerational Intervention to Reduce fraIlTY (INTEGRITY) trial – a world-first study bringing together older adults and preschool children in community settings for activities that target…

Driving up safety for Australian road users

Injury is the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14 years and car crashes are the most common cause. Approximately 40 Australian children die as passengers each year, and another 1500 are seriously injured. Children who are not correctly restrained in the most appropriate car seat for their size are up to seven times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a car crash. For more than 20 years NeuRA researchers have played a leadership role in driving improvements in road safety for Australian children and other road users, producing findings which have translated into…

Researchers identify new potential neural signature of resilience in adults who have experienced early life stress

New research from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney shows, for the first time, an association between specific brain morphological networks, mental wellbeing and resilience in healthy adults with varying levels of childhood stress or trauma. Early life stress (ELS) is a well-known risk factor for mental health problems in adulthood. And while changes in numerous brain structures have been reported to be associated with traumatic life experiences, not everyone who experiences trauma will develop psychopathology and may instead develop mental resilience. In collaboration with Stanford University, NeuRA/UNSW researchers set out to investigate why this is the case by…