Inflammation linked to chemical imbalance in schizophrenia

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry has identified changes in inflammation-related biochemical pathways in schizophrenia that interfere with proper brain nerve cell communication. Researchers have found the first direct evidence in support of increased kynurenic acid production in the brain, which is known to block a key glutamate receptor. This discovery paves the way for the development of better-targeted therapies with fewer […]

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Budget win for brain disorders

The 2019 Federal Budget has delivered a win for people living with brain disorders in Australia, with a $7million funding boost for research aimed at developing improved models of care. The clinical and research translation program, led by the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network (Mindgardens), will build new models of care to address the staggering burden of brain disorders in Australia. The disease burden associated […]

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Are Wellbeing and Happiness the same?

By Dr Justine Gatt & Dr Haeme Park, originally published by Wellbeing Australia Do you often refer to your ‘wellbeing’ or ‘happiness’ when describing your current mental state? What about when you talk about ‘being happy’ – is this the same as ‘being well’? Wellbeing and happiness are two terms often used interchangeably in the news and on social media, […]

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The potential benefits of riluzole for treating spinal cord injury

Dr Ralph Stanford. Originally published in NeuRA Profile Magazine 2018 Recovery of function after acute traumatic spinal cord injury is limited, but the concept of using drugs to protect injured nerve cells offers hope of improving outcomes. NeuRA’s Dr Ralph Stanford has partnered with AOSpine in North America to establish a clinical trial of the drug riluzole in the early […]

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Study improving reaction times and reducing the risk of falls

NeuRA study proving successful in helping people with Parkinson’s disease.   Peter Marshall noticed something odd in 2007 when he was out on one of his regular bicycle rides. He felt unusually ill and short of breath. Something didn’t seem right. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly after. After 10 years of cycling and keeping as fit as possible […]

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Top 10 foods for reducing your risk of dementia

A study led by researchers from NeuRA, UNSW Sydney and ANU has shown a specific diet designed to increase brain health appears to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and disorders including Alzheimer’s and dementia. The study, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, reviewed the potential protective effects of the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet, also known as the MIND diet. DASH stands […]

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Testing smart garment technology to prevent falls

A team of researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia has received a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to test smart garment technologies to help prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.   Falls are a common and often devastating event in the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. They […]

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Q&A with Dr Sean Rourke on the neurologic complications of HIV

Dr Sean Rourke is a scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr Sean Rourke from the University of Toronto and Dr Lucette Cysique from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are leading an international taskforce to update the classification of neurologic complications from HIV. He sat down with to […]

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