Research participant's arm in a machine designed for motor impairment study

Motor Impairment



There are likely to be a number of new positions associated with the Program, some will become available as some of the clinical trials and associated laboratory studies begin.

As part of the Program we will train PhD and Honours students through University of New South Wales academic programs and those of other universities, and we will provide strong mentorship for postdoctoral researchers. As one element in the program is the breadth of research, from laboratory work to implementation of practice guidelines, we will offer deliberate exposure to a range of clinical and experimental work to train the next generation of medical researchers. The investigators will establish a strong interdisciplinary culture to maximise the outcomes from the work.

For more information on how to get involved with the program please contact Simon Gandevia (

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Children… honest and insightful. Their innocence warms the heart. But what words do you use to explain to a child that daddy has an incurable brain disease? What words tell them that in time he may not be able to play football in the park, let alone feed himself? What words help them understand that in the later stages, dementia may also strike? Aged just 36, this was the reality that faced Steve Hartley. Parkinson's disease didn't care he was a fit, healthy, a young dad and devoted husband. It also didn't seem to care his family had no history of it. The key to defeating Parkinson's disease is early intervention, and thanks to a global research team, led by NeuRA, we're pleased to announce that early intervention may be possible. Your support, alongside national and international foundations Shake it Up Australia and the Michael J Fox Foundation, researchers have discovered that a special protein, found in people with a family history of the disease increases prior to Parkinson’s symptoms developing. This is an incredible step forward, because it means that drug therapies, aimed at blocking the increase in the protein, can be administered much earlier – even before symptoms strike. The next step is to understand when to give the drug therapies and which people will most benefit from it. But we need your help. A gift today will support vital research and in time help medical professionals around the world treat Parkinson’s disease sooner, with much better health outcomes. Thank you, in advance, for your support.