Category Archives: Research

Growing a community of early career researchers

Jessica Lazarus, PhD candidate and 2014-2015 Co-Chair of the NeuRA Early Career Committee, enthuses about research, networking, and building professional skills. I began my PhD at NeuRA in March 2014 after finishing a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. My current research focuses on the potential role that epigenetic modification plays in extreme longevity. […]

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Eating and metabolism in frontotemporal dementia

When thinking about frontotemporal dementia, we often focus on cognitive and behavioural symptoms. Memory loss, personality changes, and trouble speaking and understanding language are among some of the more recognised FTD symptoms. However, there is a physical side to neurodegenerative illnesses that is the subject of Dr Rebekah Ahmed’s research at NeuRA. Eating abnormalities are present in 6 out of […]

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Targetting the impact of HAND

HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is a major neurological complication in HIV-positive persons. It impairs cognitive activity, including memory, learning, attention, problem solving and decision making. Symptoms can vary from confusion to forgetfulness, behavioural changes, nerve pain and sometimes apathy. The widespread use of combined antiretroviral treatment has reduced the incidence of the most severe form of the disorder, HIV-associated dementia, […]

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Visible neuroscience

Imaging techniques enable neuroscientists to learn about the structure and function of cells in the nervous system. Here, Dr Zoltán Rusznák shares some captivating images of the brain and how they were made. Neurons are the building block cells of the brain and spinal cord, communicating with each other through synapses to regulate nervous system function. Relating the shape, size, […]

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Dementia: when do I know I have a problem, and what is happening in my brain?

Dr James Burrell is a Senior Research Officer and clinical neurologist whose research interests lie in linking clinical symptoms and pathology in dementia syndromes. In my work as a clinical neurologist, I often encounter people who are concerned that they might be developing the dreaded d-word: dementia. They report being more forgetful than previously, forgetting the names of people, places […]

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Contracture: understanding mechanisms and testing treatments

As part of a new National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant on motor impairment, Prof Rob Herbert aims to advance the transfer of new understanding of physiology and pathophysiology in motor impairment toward the clinical outcome of improved motor function. Motor impairment is a common consequence of a number of illnesses and injuries. One type of motor impairment […]

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An international approach to tackling Parkinson’s disease

Dr Nic Dzamko and Prof Glenda Halliday have put together an international team dedicated to researching the causes of Parkinson’s disease. They will be the first in the world to use valuable early clinical samples to identify the genetic and molecular underpinnings of this brain illness. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder with no current cure. 1 in every […]

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