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A time of transformational change at Neuroscience Research Australia

This year is a time of transformational change at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), driven by the evolving impact of brain disorders on the health needs of our community and the changing operating environment for research and research funding. NeuRA’s new organisational strategy will see a much sharper focus on neurodegeneration, mental health and ageing well; an emphasis on clinical outcomes; and a search for partnerships which can enable greater scale and impact. After over 18 years of exemplary service to NeuRA, Professor Peter R Schofield AO will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director,…

An effective new treatment for chronic back pain targets the nervous system

A treatment that trains both the brain and the body has shown important effects on pain and disability, a new study has found. People challenged with chronic back pain have been given hope with a new treatment that focuses on retraining how the back and the brain communicate, a randomised controlled trial run by researchers at UNSW Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and several other Australian and European universities has shown. The study, funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), was described today in a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association….

“Diagnostic odyssey” over for individuals with rare intellectual disability thanks to novel gene discovery

In a world-first, variants in the ZMYND8 gene have been linked to a novel neurodevelopmental syndrome. An international collaboration of clinical and translational genomics researchers led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), UNSW Sydney and New South Wales Health Pathology’s Randwick Genomics Laboratory and Dr. Colleen Carlston at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has discovered 11 novel genetic variants in the gene ZMYND8 associated with a new neurodevelopmental disorder with intellectual disability and cardiac malformations. Functional work with the laboratories of Professor Robert Harvey at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor Annette Schenck…

Off-road motorcycles put four times more kids in hospital than quad-bikes: study

Safety of off-road motorcycles needs more attention as study shows two-wheelers account for more hospitalisation of children in NSW than quad-bikes. Motorcycles cause a far higher rate of injuries among children than quad bikes do, a study from UNSW Sydney and NeuRA has found, but quad bikes account for more serious individual injuries. In a retrospective population study carried out by UNSW and its medical research affiliates NeuRA and The George Institute, the study authors examined all records of children aged 0-16 years admitted to NSW hospitals in the years 2001-2018 for injuries sustained in off-road motorcycle or quad-bike crashes….

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…