NSW Government announces significant funding for NeuRA

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia will be supported by a significant funding boost from the NSW Government.

Premier Kristina Keneally – joined by the Member for Coogee Paul Pearce –made the formal announcement on Saturday after touring the building site at NeuRA.

Premier Kristina KeneallyProf Peter Schofield with Premier Kristina Keneally and MP Paul Pearce.

The NSW Government funding will contribute to fit out the Neuroscience Research Precinct building, helping to finish the building and deliver state of the art medical research laboratories.

The completed facility will provide space for around 200 researchers.

“Research conducted by our scientists and clinicians is crucial in finding advanced treatments and possible cures for debilitating and fatal neurological illnesses,” Ms Keneally said.

“Our ongoing support for these projects helps our best and brightest medical researchers to do what they do best: find better treatments and save lives.”

Executive Director of Neuroscience Research Australia, Professor Peter Schofield, said, “Neuroscience is the final frontier in medical science. This support will provide the ideal setting for our scientists and clinicians to make the breakthroughs needed to conquer diseases such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”

Member for Coogee, Mr Pearce, said, “The Neuroscience Research Australia building will feature specialist laboratories that will assist its internationally recognised researchers in their goal of curing brain and nervous system disorders.

“We value the skills, ingenuity and dedication of the NSW research community and we will continue to invest in this area.”

Minister for Science and Medical Research, Jodi McKay, said, “The NSW Government has a proud track record when it comes to medical research.

“Our support for research generates benefits for patients in the form of new treatments, but also high end jobs and innovative industries for the State.

NeuRA’s new building is funded by the Commonwealth and State governments along with Neuroscience Research Australia supporters.