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New Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre offers new hope and treatment discoveries

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has today opened Australia’s new Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre. The Centre will house the latest cutting edge technology and accelerate Australia’s research into better treatment for those with a spinal cord injury. At the Centre’s opening, it was announced NeuRA researchers will receive $6.4 million in NSW Government funding for projects aimed at providing better treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. The Centre’s projects involve using the latest research breakthroughs, such as virtual reality and electrical stimulation to restore feeling, movement and function after a devastating injury. NeuRA CEO Professor Peter Schofield AO said…

NeuRA and Transurban announce new three-year partnership

NeuRA and Transurban are proud to announce a new three-year partnership to support the operations of the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA. The Transurban Road Safety Centre (TRSC) conducts research on how injuries occur on our roads, and how to prevent these injuries by improving safety equipment and ensuring it is used optimally. During the first three-year partnership between Transurban and NeuRA, several important milestones were achieved. These included the building of the TRSC in 2017, which became Australia’s first research-dedicated crash test lab. The TRSC’s crash sled enables researchers to test a myriad of simulated road accidents, providing…

Associate Professor Tony Roscioli receives Federal Government funding

A research project that will examine the feasibility of genomic testing has received funding from the Australian federal Government Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF). The two-year project, PreGen, will be led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli, who is an expert in genomics at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), UNSW and New South Wales Health Pathology. The funding received will allow PreGen to perform genomic tests in families seen at 10 of Australia’s largest maternity centres. This will assess the benefits made available from antenatal genomic testing. “We do not currently have easily accessible accredited antenatal genomic testing in Australia. Pregnancy abnormalities…

Study shows migrant teens are more resilient to trauma than other youths

A new study has found that migrant teenagers who have moved within their own country or overseas are more resilient and better able to recover from trauma than teenagers who have not moved from their hometown. Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) compared the mental health and wellbeing of youths aged 10-17 in order to identify whether migrants or non-migrants are better able to function after experiencing trauma. The global study, published in Frontiers, examined 194 youths who were born in or had migrated to: Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand (NZ), South Africa and the United Kingdom (UK). “Our study…

Researchers uncover key factors that help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to age well

Researchers have released a new report showcasing how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are successfully avoiding dementia and protecting their brain health. The Sharing the Wisdom of Our Elders report by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) details the findings of a six-year study with Elders across Aboriginal communities to identify the key factors that help Indigenous Australians thrive as they age. The report is the output of a project funded by the Lowitja Institute after NeuRA research found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians develop dementia about 10 years earlier than the general population.  Alarmingly, the rate of dementia is…

Support Rhonda Burchmore & help NeuRA’s research

If you’ve been watching Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, you may have seen NeuRA mentioned a couple of times! Rhonda Burchmore, one of Australia’s biggest theatre stars, has selected NeuRA as her charity of choice for the series. This means that keeping Rhonda in till the end and crowning her ‘Queen of the Jungle’ will result in NeuRA receiving a $100,000 donation.       How can I support Rhonda and NeuRA at the same time? 1. Vote by SMS Save Rhonda! To keep your Rhonda in the jungle, SMS ‘Rhonda’ to 1995 10 10. Each…