Healthy mind, healthy body? The relationship between the brain and immune system

Up until a few decades ago, it was thought that the brain and the immune system existed as separate entities. Now, we know that nothing could be further from the truth. Dr Adam Walker has recently joined NeuRA as a Research Fellow and Head of the Laboratory of Immunopsychiatry. He is exploring the intricate relationship between the immune system and […]

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Schizophrenia breakthrough: the discovery of immune cells in the brain could lead to a cure

One in every 100 Australians lives with schizophrenia. No single cause of schizophrenia has been identified, and this has prevented the development of a cure. Current schizophrenia treatments are designed to suppress symptoms rather than target underlying causes of the disorder, only partially relieving these symptoms and can produce unwanted side effects. But now, in a breakthrough study from Professor […]

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Major Sequencing Study for Bipolar Disorder

Around 250,000 Australians are affected by bipolar disorder, a major mood disorder characterised by periods of mania and depression, which can be highly debilitating. People living with bipolar disorder can face a range of issues, including escalating impulsive risk-taking behaviour and reduced life expectancy, leading to increased suicide risk and higher rates of general health conditions such as cardiovascular disease.  […]

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Taking a different approach to Parkinson’s research

Professor Caroline Rae is working on an early detection program for Parkinson’s disease to identify people most at risk. The program will also identify those in the early stages of the disease so that treatment can be introduced sooner. An interview with Professor Rae expands on this important new approach in Parkinson’s research. Why is are you taking a different approach […]

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Ladder fall risk in seniors and safety tips

A Q&A interview with Research Assistant Erika Pliner from NeuRA’s Falls, Balance and Injury Lab. Over 4,000 ladder falls per year result in serious injuries. Currently, NeuRA is conducting a research project looking at aspects of ladder fall risk for seniors performing household tasks on ladders. Knowledge gained from this study can be used in interventions to reduce ladder fall injuries […]

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NeuRA attends the World Congress of Biomechanics 2018

By Arkiev D’Souza The World Congress of Biomechanics is the largest global forum for research on the mechanics of biological systems and is the leading international event in the field of biomechanics. The conference covered everything from the cell & molecular level to tissue, organs and the whole body. The 2018 conference included over 4000 delegates from all corners of the […]

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Simple exercises to help prevent a fall this winter

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a series of simple exercises to help older Australian’s maintain their balance and avoid falls this winter, in the comfort of their own home. The campaign, Don’t Hibernate this Winter highlights the increased risk of falls during the winter months as people aged 65 and over tend to stay inside more. According to researchers […]

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