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Mental Health Month advice

Over the course of Mental Health Month, senior researcher and anxiety and resilience expert, Dr Justine Gatt, has shared tips and techniques with the community to help keep people mentally well. This advice is featured in Dr Gatt’s latest webinar, titled ‘Find the Key to your Mental Resilience’. Together with PhD student, Miranda Chilver, Dr Gatt demonstrates how people in research projects have successfully attained and regained composure and life-satisfaction during periods of stress. To watch the session, and learn how to overcome these types of mental barriers yourself, click play:

NeuRA Awards and Scholarships 2020

NeuRA would like to congratulate the following students and postdoctoral researchers who received scholarships and Awards in 2020.  These scholarships and awards are only possible through the generosity of our donors who sponsor these awards year on year. Thank you, we are truly grateful.   Dr Claire Shepherd The Grant Broadcasting Fellowship Dr Jasmine Menant The Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Postgraduate Award in Parkinson’s Disease Research Lloyd Chan The Michael & Elizabeth Gilbert Postgraduate Award in Parkinson’s Disease Research Dr Jan Fullerton The Janette Mary O’Neil Research Fellowship Abigail Hansen The Cowled Scholarship for Brain Research Thanwarat Chantanachai The Betty…

Blood pressure medication use appears helpful by slowing down the spread of Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease contributes the majority of cases, is the second leading cause of death in Australia. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and available therapies only help to reduce disease symptoms, not the underlying mechanisms or causes.

How to build mental resilience during a global health pandemic

When a tree falls it can cause major damage to houses, cars and any other objects in its path. Some of these trees fall because no one realises. It can take years for s giant tree to fall down, and this often happens because no one has noticed the care that they need. This scenario is an analogy for our mental health. We often don’t notice the emotional state of our family or friends. Or, on other occasions, we don’t tend to listen to our own feelings or emotions. Eventually, this can turn into a serious problem. COVID-19 and the…

New Spinal Cord Research Injury Centre opens

Today, the New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet opened NeuRA’s new Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre. The Centre, built thanks to generous support from SpinalCure Australia, will be home to new cutting-edge research that couldhelp to significantly improve health outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries. During the visit, the two Ministers announced $6.4 million in funding to projects involving NeuRA’s researchers. “These projects have great scope, from investigating ways to restore touch sensation through immersive virtual reality through to using electrical stimulation to improve breathing for people affected by the most severe form of…

Why I’m volunteering to find a cure for spinal cord injuries

Two years ago, my life changed forever. I was diving in Port Macquarie when I had an accidental knock to the head.  It was a strange feeling – almost like someone came into the room and switched all the lights off. It turned out that I had a serious injury to the cervical 4/5 region of my spinal cord.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was hospitalised for one year and it was one of the toughest experiences of my life.  I left hospital in a wheelchair, knowing that I would likely live with quadriplegia for the rest of my life….