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Launch of the most comprehensive atlas of the human brainstem

In a ceremony held at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), medical history was made today. Hosted by Professor Ian Jacobs, the Vice Chancellor of The University of New South Wales, “Human Brainstem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture” was launched. It is the most comprehensive atlas of the human brainstem, akin to a Google map for the brain. The brainstem is critical for the regulation of vital functions such as breathing, movement, and arousal, as well as cognition and emotion. Different regions (nuclei) in the brainstem are compromised in a range of human pathologies, including the progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple systems atrophy, autism spectrum…

New discovery: how chronic pain changes your brain and personality

In a world-first, Australian researchers have found that people with chronic pain experience physical alterations in their brain that likely leads to negative changes in their personality. The study by Associate Professor Sylvia Gustin from Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, discovered that people with chronic pain have smaller amounts of the brain’s key chemical messenger, glutamate, in the brain region responsible for regulating thoughts and emotions. “The study shows people with chronic pain experience disruptions in the communication between brain cells.  This could lead to a change in personality through a reduction of their ability to…

Health workers use new app to reduce falls in older Australians by up to 30 per cent

In an Australian first, healthcare workers in New South Wales and Victoria are using a new clinically-tested home exercise app to improve balance and reduce fall risk among older Australians. StandingTall, developed by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), is now being used by three local area health precincts in NSW and Victoria, with more than 500 patients anticipated to use the app as part of clinical testing over the next six months. Initial results have found that older Australians who use StandingTall for a recommended two hours each week for 12 months dramatically improve their balance and reduce their risk of…

Sydney Brain Bank working on new NRL player brain donor program

The Sydney Brain Bank at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), has a new donor program to investigate the impact of head injuries on former NRL players. The donor program is being run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, which is working with retired NRL players to monitor their health. Retired players can now elect to donate their brains for research at the Sydney Brain Bank. The research team led by Sydney Brain Bank Director Claire Shepherd will examine whether these brains contain any cellular changes, such as the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). “This is the first program in…

SpinalCure Australia and Neuroscience Research Australia Joint Statement

SpinalCure Australia (SpinalCure) and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are delighted to announce their collaboration to further develop neurostimulation treatments for people with spinal cord injury. Once thought an impossible dream, recent breakthroughs have shown that a cure for spinal cord injury is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when. SpinalCure has donated $1.2 million to the NeuRA research program to date and continues to fundraise to support the acceleration of treatments to Australians. Of all promising avenues of research, neurostimulation has delivered the most compelling results to date — returning significant feeling and function to people…

Vale Betty Lynch OAM

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Betty Lynch. Betty had been a passionate supporter of our research into mental health, with a particular focus on Bipolar Disorder. We thank and acknowledge Betty for her passion and generosity, mourn her passing and extend our condolences to her family and friends. In 2017 she also very generously provided a generous gift that enabled the construction of the John & Betty Lynch seminar room at NeuRA. At this time, we reflect on the message that she sent us and is displayed outside the seminar room. Communication is…