Category Archives: New research

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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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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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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