Reflex connection

Knowledge gained overseas enabled the establishment of one of the few laboratories in the world investigating methods to restore balance reflex function. Assoc Prof Americo Migliaccio co-founded a laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in the USA and was part of the fast-track academic program. On returning to Australia, NeuRA offered an excellent opportunity to continue this research. He now applies […]

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Three tax tips in time for June

Roewen Wishart, NeuRA Foundation Director, has three tips for you on how you can give for medical research while saving tax. How you help to fund medical breakthroughs Fortunately for medical research, our system of government provides ways you can support medical research. Firstly, when you pay tax you are contributing to Australia’s merit-based program to support research. NeuRA’s scientists […]

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Memories are made of this

Dr Muireann Irish’s research explores episodic and autobiographical memory in frontotemporal dementia. She has developed a new line of research investigating how damage to the memory system in neurodegenerative conditions affects the ability to imagine possible future events. Much in the same way as the quality of a photograph begins to fade with time, such is the fate of the […]

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Five things you may not know about MRI

Dr Michael Green is a physicist and has been working in MRI for 10 years. Graduating from Flinders University with a PhD in electron scattering, he worked at Williams College, MA, USA in laser spectroscopy before joining NeuRA working on brain elastography in Lynne Bilston’s laboratory. Michael was appointed as a senior research officer and has been a NIF Facilitation Fellow since […]

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Understanding resilience with ‘illness genes’

Dr Justine Gatt is an NHMRC CDF Research Fellow at NeuRA. Here she shares an interesting idea: if there are ‘risky’ variants of genes that cause mental illness, could the opposite versions of these genes protect against mental illness? In other words, are risk and resilience two sides of the same coin? And where does our environment fit in the […]

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The new age of brain maps

The laboratory of Prof George Paxinos is using technological advances in brain imaging to create new atlases of the anatomy of the nervous system. Brain researchers, no less than geographers, need maps and coordinate systems to navigate the brain and communicate their observations to each other. Think of a Google map depicting the shape of an island or the streets in a city. […]

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Lipid pathways in multiple system atrophy

Dr Scott Kim is a NeuRA researcher investigating the molecular biology of multiple system atrophy. Here he describes the effects of this rare but fatal neurodegenerative disease on the body and some of the new thinking about what causes it. Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a degenerative brain disorder that impairs the body’s involuntary functions, like blood pressure, heart rate, and bladder […]

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