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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Guiding future research

Our scientists have been asked to compile a special edition of Schizophrenia Research, looking specifically at the hormones implicated in the disorder. The September issue of peer-reviewed journal Schizophrenia Research, will this year be guest-edited by Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert with assistance from myself and Katie Allen (right). We were invited to bring together a collection of articles that examine […]

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Lost in the landscape of the brain? Get out the atlas

This article originally appeared on The Brain Dialogue. Suzanne Shubart. Now brain travellers can track their explorations with highly-detailed maps created with state-of-the-art imaging technology. The Big Picture You’re lost in the desert and, after wandering for days, in the distance you spot a giant red rock jutting out of the barren landscape. Had you never encountered this landmark before […]

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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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