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Tech Interventions for Fall Prevention

Falls in older people around the world is a global health problem, with at least one third of those over 65 falling annually. A new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) will use innovative web and app based technologies to help prevent falls in older Australians.   The new study is led by NeuRA and UNSW Associate Professor Kim Delbaere and Professor Kaarin Anstey, in collaboration with the Black Dog Institute, the University of Sydney and the University of Tasmania. It will address a key gap in the understanding of falls…

Funding Success for NeuRA Researchers

Researchers from NeuRA have received a total of 5 peer-reviewed research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), out of a total of $630 million distributed to researcher grant projects across Australia. The grants have largely been led by innovative and novel approaches to integrating technology-based solutions around prevention and education outcomes. Commenting on the grants, Professor Peter Schofield Executive Director and CEO of NeuRA says, “NeuRA is looking forward to leading a series of ground breaking programs in neuroscience research under the guidance and awarded projects funded from the NHMRC. “NeuRA thrives on the challenges of…

NeuRA sends Young Scientists to the Powerhouse Museum

The students from Centennial Park School visited the Sydney Powerhouse Museum on Wednesday, as part of their prize for winning the NeuRA Glow Lantern Project for Mental Health Week. The students were able to experience all the permanent exhibitions in the museum and also take part in a virtual reality workshop. Their teacher, Annie Bierzynski, commented on how much the students enjoyed their excursion saying, “the students were very engaged with the games … most of our students have never visited the museum so it was pretty special for them.”         

Dr Julie Brown receives Pam Albany Memorial Award

NeuRA would like to congratulate Dr Julie Brown on receiving the Pam Albany Memorial Award. The award was presented by the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) at their annual conference, held this year in Ballarat. The award recognises Dr Brown ’s body of work as making a marked contribution to policy in injury prevention and safety. Commenting on the award, the AIPN said “Julie ’s work is a great example or research translation, with direct influence on child seat safety, motorcycle protective clothing, and strategic directions in motorcycle safety.” Congratulations Dr Brown.

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…