Category Archives: New research

A paradigm shift in proprioception

Proprioception is the sense of our body’s own actions. It is how we know where our body is in space. Disruption to proprioception can occur in many clinical conditions, including dystonia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. When people have problems with proprioception, they cannot make normal movements. Over the last decade, numerous new findings have led to a paradigm shift in […]

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Blood brain barrier and psychosis

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert and her team of researchers are asking a question about schizophrenia that has not been answered before – Is the blood brain barrier compromised in psychosis? Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are diseases that affect an estimated 680,000 people in Australia and cost the economy $4.7 billion a year, yet their pathogenic mechanisms are little understood. One […]

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Self-experiments: measuring breathlessness in SCI patients

Self-experiments have long been a part of science and medicine. Over the years, self-experimenters have proven invaluable to the medical research community, and to the patients they are seeking to help. Prof Simon Gandevia is well known for putting himself ‘under the microscope’ and is perfecting a measurement technique he and his team developed to measure breathlessness in people with […]

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A step forward in understanding hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is a devastating structural neurological disorder marked by enlarged brain ventricles due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid. The current diagnosis and treatment of hydrocephalus is inadequate due to a lack of understanding about the mechanisms behind its development. Hydrocephalus may be accompanied by low intracranial pressure and it continues to remain a clinical challenge to differentiate this disease with […]

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The Winter edition of the NeuRA Magazine is out!

Read the latest edition of our NeuRA Magazine – online version here… In this edition, we feature an article on The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN), an international research partnership determined to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, and our first clinical trial participant, Amanda Ayliffe. You can also read about a recent study by NeuRA’s Prof Stephen Lord and Dr Phu Hoang […]

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Understanding neurogenesis

“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” The above quote was written by Ramon y Cajal more than 100 years ago, but only recently has it been proven true. In 1998, it was discovered that the hippocampus can generate new neurons throughout a lifespan, not just during neurodevelopment. Furthermore, for better or […]

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Optimising care for dementia patients after a fall

Taking advantage of improved data linkage systems within the Australian healthcare system is allowing researchers to map and better understand the patient journey. The most common cause of hospitalisation in people with dementia is injury, predominantly as a result of a fall. Once in hospital, people with dementia have longer lengths of stay, experience a higher rate of complications such […]

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