Category Archives: New research

Everything our body does requires muscles, a brain and nerves

NeuRA’s Motor Impairment Group investigates this system and why it fails. The Motor Impairment Program is a five-year (2014-2018), NHMRC-funded grant, the goal of which is to better understand the pathophysiology of motor impairment, to implement interventions and to drive enhanced clinical practice. Following are highlights of the 2015 year. NeuRA’s Motor Impairment Research Program conducted a randomised controlled trial […]

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OSA tied to increased health risks

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnoea and is caused by obstruction of the upper airway. What we know about OSA involves repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep. Common symptoms of OSA are excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, waking unrefreshed, and waking during the night choking or gasping for air. OSA occurs in at […]

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Shining a light on brain activity in toddlers with autism

Using fNIRS opens doors and provides new opportunities for studying brain activity that was not previously possible. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect the ability to communicate and interact with others. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis and intervention lead […]

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Meet the researcher – Juan Olaya

What leads to someone taking up a neuroscience degree and studying the causes of schizophrenia? Read on to find out about Juan Olaya‘s story. Although I started my degree in psychology, it was a neuroscience unit that led me to become interested in understanding the possible causes of schizophrenia. What I found really interesting was what causes mental illness to […]

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Doctors call for action on child motorcycle and quad deaths

Doctors are calling for children who ride motorbikes, quads and other off road vehicles to participate in a new study aimed at preventing crashes and serious injury. The research follows on from a recent Queensland Coroner’s findings into quad bike deaths, which highlighted the potential risks of children riding motorbikes and quads. Injuries kill more children in Australia than any […]

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“The World Needs Science – Science Needs Women”

Dr Muireann Irish has received a 2015 L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her field of cognitive neuroscience. The L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships were created to help early career women scientists to consolidate their careers in science and rise to leadership positions. The Fellowships are awarded to women […]

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NeuRA Magazine #14 is out!

The Winter 2015 edition of the NeuRA Magazine is ready to read! This quarter, we discuss potential treatment options for patients with chronic back pain with researcher Dr James McAuley. You can also read about our 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowship winner Dr Muireann Irish. Subscribe here to receive future print or email editions of the NeuRA […]

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Teasing apart the spectrum of diseases

Can a simple rating scale discriminate between two debilitating diseases? What if you were told that you had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)? How about Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)? Would you know what that meant for you? Would you know the difference? These are the questions that continually plague doctors and researchers, because the reality is in some cases there is no […]

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