Unsurprisingly, interning at NeuRA is an enlightening experience for a Media and Communications student unfamiliar with the world of neuroscience. Not only are there all the opportunities associated with learning about exciting research developments – but unexpected opportunities present themselves too. Continue reading
June 30 has passed, but you may like to take advantage of two little known tax deduction benefits this financial year. Continue reading
Insufficient levels of physical activity in adult Australians are increasing. In 2007 and 2008, approximately 62% of adults did not meet recommended ‘moderate’ physical activity guidelines.
Strength, mobility, aerobic capacity, energy, anxiety, depression and reduction in fall risk in older populations have been shown to improve following increased physical activity interventions. Additionally, there are recently published findings suggesting high levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
Australia’s brainiest teen shows off her trophy
NeuRA was lucky enough to host one of Australia’s brainiest teenagers, Uma Jha, when she visited last week for a work experience placement.
At just 14, the Perth native beat 3000 hopefuls to become the champion of the 2009 Australian ‘Brain Bee’; a neuroscience competition. As the sole representative of Australia, Uma continued to the international Brain Bee championships in San Diego and came head-to-head with students and high-school graduates as old as 18 from seven different countries.
“It was pretty incredible to be representing Australia. It was just good to be there,” she says. Continue reading
In addition to the ‘classic’ symptoms of psychosis which include delusions and hallucinations, people with schizophrenia often have problems with ‘executive functions’. This is a cognitive system that resides predominantly in the frontal lobes and regulates other cognitive processes. It is typically invoked when automatic processes need to be overruled to produce appropriate goal-directed behaviour. Another domain that is often affected in schizophrenia is emotional processing. Continue reading
The exterior of the new NeuRA building is taking shape. The interior of the building, however, still has some way to go. We continue to raise funds to fit out the interior so that we can redouble our efforts towards making discoveries and improving the health of our community. You can help by supporting our move into the new building here.
Diving into a wave, bodyboarding, a collapsed rugby scrum, even slipping on new satin sheets – these are some of the causes of spinal cord injury experienced by patients I have studied at the Spinal Injuries Research Centre at NeuRA. Continue reading
I’m interested in how different factors affect people with motor neurone disease (MND) when they try to perform everyday tasks. Weakness in the arms and legs is a hallmark symptom of MND and so you’d expect patients to have trouble with everyday tasks simply because of this. Continue reading
NeuRA’s Dr Bill Brooks was recently interviewed by Triple J’s Hack for a story on early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. I sat down with him after the program aired to discuss his experience, and science communication more broadly. Continue reading
When looking at a human face we take it for granted that we can distinguish a happy face from a sad face and a scary face from a relaxed face. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias often exhibit deficits in this area, and while this is interesting from a cognitive perspective, it has real world implications for the families of people with these diseases. Continue reading