NeuRA Super Prof George Paxinos has become a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens. The presentation was made in the ceremonial hall of the Academy, next to the University of Athens. Prof Paxinos is the second living Australian to receive the distinction, the first being the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Continue reading
We are all aware of China’s surging economic growth but it may be surprising to some that China has also had a 64-fold increase in peer-reviewed scientific papers since 1981. Assuming China’s research presence continues along the same trajectory, it will become the largest producer of scientific knowledge by 2013 (in 2004-2008 China produced 10% of the world’s published scientific articles placing it in second place after the United States). Furthermore in its draft budget, China announced that it would put aside US$5.14 billion for basic research in 2012 – a 26% increase compared to the year before. Continue reading
Sleep apnoea is a common breathing disorder in which the upper airway collapses repetitively throughout the night leading to low oxygen levels and disrupted sleep. The most common treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Continue reading
I work at the Sydney Brain Bank, located at NeuRA and on August 12 this year I combined two things I am deeply passionate about: the hugely important work we do here at the Sydney Brain Bank….and running! Continue reading
I entered 2Day FM’s competition to have Justice Crew attend my workplace and teach a dance to their Australian number 1 song ‘Boom Boom’. I did this with the hope of bringing some fun to the hard-working, dedicated staff at NeuRA. I did not expect to win, but I did, and the phone call from 2Day FM left me astonished and surprised! 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
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