Prof Kaarin Anstey to lead an innovative national research agenda on ageing and dementia

Professor Kaarin Anstey joins NeuRA in January 2018 to lead an innovative multi-disciplinary team addressing ageing research, with a focus on vital community lifestyle solutions around dementia in the Australian community. Speaking about her new appointment, Prof Anstey said, “I’m looking forward to expanding my research programs on the epidemiology of cognition and dementia with a focus on identifying lifestyle, […]

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Chronic Mental Health Issues with Ageing and HIV

By Dr Lucette Cysique  News relating to HIV infection in Australia are full of success stories particularly since the reduction of HIV infection rate with the ramping up of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), principally in metropolitan bisexual and gay men (BGM), however, with an ageing HIV population, there remain key challenges such as, getting older with HIV, and greater risk of […]

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New Discovery in MND sparks hope

By Prof Lars Ittner Senior Principal Research Scientist, Professor Lars Ittner is working to understand Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and trying to develop novel therapeutic approaches for this devastating condition. Specifically, Prof Ittner develops disease models that allow his team to understand the detailed cellular events that lead to the dysfunction and death of neurons and therefore to the loss […]

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Unlocking the Genetic Code of Bipolar Disorder

In Australia alone, 250,000 people are affected by bipolar disorder. Current treatments are highly variable for the severe and debilitating psychiatric condition and the specific genetic causes have remained largely obscure. Bipolar disorder is most commonly treated with lithium, but this is only effective for 30% of patients. Unlocking the genetic code of bipolar disorder and using pharmacogenomics studies to […]

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‘Progressive. Incurable. Terminal. Nothing matters… I am going to die.’

In dark times, our minds can go to dark places. ‘Progressive. Incurable. Terminal. Nothing matters… I am going to die.’ These were the thoughts of a father, husband and community leader Shin Liu. Shin had just been told he had motor neurone disease (MND). Thoughts like these come from the depths of despair. They come from learning there is no chance of […]

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What is MND?

MND is a brain disease that quickly and progressively destroys the ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe. We do not know what causes it, but in about 10% of cases there is a genetic link. Destroying the nerve cells (neurones) that control muscle movement, it is also referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Find out how you can […]

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