Author Archives: Gabrielle Hunter

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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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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Run over the Harbour Bridge and raise vital funds for neuroscience research

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival – Everything you need to know!   About the Festival The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is a legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist […]

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New Genetic Causes of Cleft Lip and Palate Revealed

  Originally Published by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute A study conducted by an international research team, which included investigators from NeuRA and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, implicates variants in four genes as a primary cause of non-syndromic cleft lip and palate in humans. The genes, associated for the first time with cleft lip and palate, encode proteins that […]

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Discover NeuRA’s World-Class Brain Bank Facility

The Sydney Brain Bank at NeuRA facilitates world-class research and breakthroughs in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders. It has been operating since 2005 and has collected brain tissue from over 500 donors. Globally, the Sydney Brain Bank supplies tissue to 30-40 research projects a year, with many of these projects a collaborative effort with external research institutions.   Led by Dr […]

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Improving prevention, treatment and support for dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

$3 million in Australian Government funding will be allocated to NeuRA’s Dr Kylie Radford and her team who are seeking to improve prevention, treatment and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia.   Dementia is one of the biggest health issues facing Australians and research in recent years, including NeuRA’s Koori Growing Old Well Study (KGOWS), has […]

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