Unravelling the link between chronic pain and mental health disorders

Chronic pain is a significant problem worldwide that results in enormous suffering and costs to affected individuals, their loved ones, and society. The experience of chronic pain is so much more than a sensation. Chronic pain impacts our emotions, cognition and social life. In Australia, an alarming 20 per cent of people with chronic pain have considered suicide.   NeuRA’s […]

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‘Silence’ helps the brain encode information

Neuroscientists at NeuRA and UNSW Sydney have shown that the brain may ignore input known as ‘chatter’ and instead use periods of silence to register information about its environment. The scientists have challenged the conventional wisdom that neural activity is the main driver of human perception.   Dr Ingvars Birznieks and Dr Richard Vickery have developed a novel method of […]

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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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9 Steps for a Healthy Brain

The prevalence of dementia in Australia is on the rise, meaning it’s never been more important to future-proof your brain.   By 2050, it’s estimated that almost one million Australians will be affected by dementia. Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) says this sobering statistic is a stark reminder that we all need to […]

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Cognitive Ageing and the Future of Financial Decision Making

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), in collaboration with Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), has published a new research brief – Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research – exploring the spectrum of cognitive ageing and its impacts on individuals, society and the economy. One area of interest is how cognitive ageing will affect the financial […]

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In Conversation with Global Leader in Dementia Research, Professor Kaarin Anstey

Senior Principal Research Scientist and global leader in dementia and ageing research, Professor Kaarin Anstey, leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health. She is a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and co-deputy director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.   Prof Anstey is a member of the WHO Guideline […]

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