Category Archives: New research

Exploring the Great Unknown Galaxies of Our Brain

In April 2017 NeuRA Senior Principal Research Fellow, George Paxinos received an honorary doctorate from the Ionian University, in Corfu, Greece for his landmark work on ‘Mapping the Brain’. Prof George Paxinos paved the way for future neuroscience research by being the first to produce accurate three-dimensional (stereotaxic) framework for placement of electrodes and injections in the brain of experimental […]

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Assoc Prof Danny Eckert  If you get disruptive or inadequate sleep, or if you suffer from sleep apnoea, it can adversely affect every organ in your body causing anxiety, depression and a range of mental disorders relating to your poor sleep quality. In the workforce, poor sleep habits can also impact on your judgement and decision-making processes. If you […]

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Prevalence of Dementia in Indigenous Communities

by- Dr Kylie Radford and Prof Tony Broe AM Research lead by Prof Tony Broe
and Dr Kylie Radford has highlighted the high prevalence of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease,
in Aboriginal communities. We are now working towards understanding the causes of cognitive decline and dementia, building capacity in dementia care and supporting Aboriginal family carers, and developing culturally appropriate strategies to promote […]

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How does exercise relieve pain?

It is estimated that 1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain, which is pain that persists longer than the expected healing time (usually 3 months or more). Chronic pain ranges in its severity and frequency and for many people it can be intense, enduring, and have a significant impact on daily function. Many factors, both physical and psychological, contribute […]

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PhD student and physiotherapist Edel O’Hagan is currently working on a study that investigates whether using a medication, normally used for sleep disturbances, can help people with acute back pain – that is, pain which has lasted less than three months. Back pain researchers at NeuRA know that there is a shared relationship between sleep and pain. Typically, the higher the pain intensity the worse a person sleeps. Conversely, after […]

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Unlocking the Reasons For Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a significant problem worldwide and locally, impacting one in three Australians. It results in enormous suffering and costs to the individual, as well as their loved ones and society in general. Despite the availability of pain medications and other pain therapies, there is still no ideal treatment which benefits the majority of sufferers, and most of the available therapies have significant side effects or risks of serious adverse events. […]

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