The genes involved in bipolar disorder

Research Officer Dr Alex Shaw joined NeuRA after completing a PhD in cancer research. He is investigating the genetic underpinnings of bipolar disorder. There is no single cause of bipolar disorder, but understanding how factors such as brain structure and genetics contribute to its development will help researchers to know how to best diagnose, treat and, hopefully, prevent the disorder. […]

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Progressive research is offering new hope across all ages

The most important investment in our country, from both a social and economic perspective, is in the well-being of its citizens through health and medical research. Tackling the growing impact of mental illness is imperative, and given our ageing population, the neurodegenerative conditions mean that over 350,000 Australians are living with dementia. This requires a sustained and comprehensive commitment from […]

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Dementia prevalence in Indigenous Australians

Prof Tony Broe and Dr Kylie Radford talk about their research into dementia prevalence in Australia’s indigenous population. One of our recent studies has shown that dementia prevalence in Indigenous Australians, aged over 60, is three times higher than the overall Australian population. What is it that helps one person age successfully and cause another to develop age-related diseases like […]

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Anxiety and depression: protection through resilience

Dr Justine Gatt is a Group Leader at NeuRA. She runs a research program in risk and resilience in mental health. Her research focuses on understanding the predictors of anxiety and depression risk, as well as the factors that promote resilience and wellbeing. It is hoped that these characteristics can be promoted in people who may be less resilient. In […]

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Creating resilience protects the future mental health of our children

Improving resilience and how children feel about themselves and others may have an important knock-on effect for their future mental health, especially if they experience psychotic-like symptoms. In the first study of its kind, our group of researchers are investigating how schematic beliefs – that is, beliefs formed early in life and shaped by childhood experience – may be associated […]

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Study: How to best manage the behavioural changes in frontotemporal dementia

Compared to Alzheimer’s disease, individuals diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) tend to have worse behavioural symptoms and greater difficulties with their everyday activities, such as in organising household chores or putting on clean clothes each day. In addition, these individuals often lack insight into how their behaviours may impact others. These changes are difficult to manage and are a frequent […]

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Making science open and reproducible

Science has received some criticism recently. Researchers have shown that some (not all) scientific findings are not reproducible. One contributing factor to this problem is that scientific endeavours are not always transparent or open. Fortunately, scientists are actively responding to this problem. One major player in this area is the The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). […]

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