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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…

What Has Sleep Got To Do With Mental Health? Everything!

  Friday, 6 October 2017: 40% of Australians aren’t getting enough sleep each night. Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) have highlighted the importance of sleep for mental health and wellbeing as Mental Health Week begins.  To become a healthier nation, Australians can all do their part by getting enough sleep each night. Research Scientist, Dr Hanna Hensen, from the NeuRA Sleep and Breathing Lab said sleep influences the function of key organs in the body and plays an important role in our 24hr biological rhythm. “It is during sleep several brain processes take place, memory consolidation occurs, and neural…

Hip Fracture Research Receives Health Services Research Award

Friday, 6 October 2017: The work of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Professor Jacqueline Close was last night honoured with the Health Services Research Award at Research Australia’s annual Health and Medical Research Awards. The Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry based at NeuRA, released its 2017 report last month which highlighted the current care provided to older Australians and New Zealanders who break their hip. The cost of treating hip fractures in Australia is estimated to be over $900million per year; yet one in 20 older hip fracture patients will die before they leave hospital and more than half…

NeuRA Highlights Importance of Research on World Cerebral Palsy Day

Friday, 6 October 2017: Cerebral Palsy is the leading form of physical disability in Australian children with over 34,000 Australians living with the impairment. Research at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is focussed on understanding muscle contracture in children with cerebral palsy.  Muscle contracture describes the stiffening of a muscle even when the muscle is passive. It is commonly associated with neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. As part of a research team led by Professor Rob Herbert, Arkiev D’Souza is using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to look at muscle contracture in the lower leg. “DTI is a Magnetic…

Navigating Everyday Stress and Wellbeing

Wednesday, 4 October 2017: Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are looking at the structure and function of the brain to better understand mental health and wellbeing in adults. The study led by Dr Justine Gatt, aims to understand why some people are more resilient to stress than others, in order to identify the best ways to help Australians build resilience.  Dr Gatt highlighted resilience plays an important part in everyday mental health and wellbeing and that building resilience is important to help protect against the development of mental health problems throughout our life. “We know that everybody experiences some…