NeuRA’s online platform delivers neuroscience research to regional Australia
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has launched an online destination to make the latest information on neuroscience research, discoveries and treatments more accessible for those in rural or remote areas.
The NeuRAtalks platform provides a unique opportunity for those living in remote areas to view seminars on a range of neuroscience topics from mental health, pain, ageing and neurodegeneration, to specific diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, dementia. The platform carries a series of seminars around 15 minutes in duration by leading scientists in their field of research, including recent discoveries, research direction and clinical trials.
NeuRA CEO Professor Peter Schofield said the most recent seminar series on mental health is an exciting opportunity in NeuRA’s endeavour to share knowledge and provide hope around treatment and cures that are being researched at NeuRA.
“In recent years our understanding and awareness of mental health disorders has grown, however, online information is often targeted to clinicians and mental health practitioners,” says Professor Schofield.
“At NeuRA, we’re transforming how the latest neuroscience research and insights are shared, to ensure those living with mental health disorders, or who have a loved one affected, can find out the latest information on research developments in an easy to understand and educational format.
“We are particularly aware of the need for greater access to engaging information in rural or remote areas, and hope that NeuRAtalks will be a step towards achieving this.”
There is a special mental health series featuring senior NeuRA researchers Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert (schizophrenia), Dr Jan Fullerton (bipolar disorder), Dr Justine Gatt (resilience), Professor Danny Eckert (sleep), Associate Profesor James McAuley and Associate Professor Sylvia Gustin (chronic pain). There is also a special series on ageing well and how to reduce your risks of dementia.
Regular seminars and lectures from NeuRA, affiliated institutions, and global collaborators, will continue to be shared on NeuRAtalks.org across 2019.
In addition, NeuRA offers online research at www.neura/discoveryportal. The Discovery Portal carries the first online library in schizophrenia with over 2000 carefully curated information sheets on schizophrenia research. The Discovery Portal will continue featuring content on a range of research areas beyond schizophrenia in the coming years.
“NeuRAtalks is the next step in sharing our work with a global audience via a digital platform,” said Professor Schofield.
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