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Self-management solutions to lower back pain

NeuRA researchers are embarking on a new study to help people recover from chronic low back pain. About 20 per cent of Australians currently experience back pain, with about one third developing chronic low back pain, where the pain extends beyond 12 weeks and sometimes lasts for years. This is a massive health burden on the nation, with Australians spending a staggering $8 billion to treat back pain each year. Australians commonly respond to this pain by seeking medical treatment. But NeuRA researchers and international experts say the most effective method of recovery is self-management, which is the focus of…

Colour Your Hair for Mental Health 2020

NeuRA has been blown away by the enthusiasm of Australians that ‘got their colour on’ in October to raise funds for mental health research. Over 1,1150 people signed up to this year’s campaign and raised more than $119,000! From wigs and streaks to entirely new hairdos, the effort people put in to generate support for NeuRA’s Colour Your Hair for Mental Health campaign has been nothing short of exceptional. One of our top community fundraisers is Dee Henriss who works at St Vincent’s Hospital and knows first-hand how integral research is to health. “I decided to take part because I feel that research is so important in order to find ways to treat mental illness. Without research we have nothing,” Ms Henriss said. “I myself am being treated…

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…