‘Progressive. Incurable. Terminal. Nothing matters… I am going to die.’

In dark times, our minds can go to dark places. ‘Progressive. Incurable. Terminal. Nothing matters… I am going to die.’ These were the thoughts of a father, husband and community leader Shin Liu. Shin had just been told he had motor neurone disease (MND). Thoughts like these come from the depths of despair. They come from learning there is no chance of […]

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What is MND?

MND is a brain disease that quickly and progressively destroys the ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe. We do not know what causes it, but in about 10% of cases there is a genetic link. Destroying the nerve cells (neurones) that control muscle movement, it is also referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Find out how you can […]

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Is the Brain the Right “Size”?

By: George Paxinos, Originally Posted on: SciTech Connnect October 18, 2017 Being an atlas maker, I have an image problem. I recently introduced myself to a lady at a Society for Neuroscience Meeting who had used the first edition of The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates for her PhD thesis 35 years earlier. With surprise written on her face, she said, “George Paxinos, […]

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Translating research into effective and sustainable drug therapies

PROFESSOR LARS ITTNER NeuRA’s Prof Lars Ittner is a world leader in ageing and neurodegeneration research. Educated in Germany as a medical doctor and later in Switzerland, Prof Ittner combines his medical understanding with his molecular expertise to translate today’s discoveries into tomorrow’s drug treatments for patients suffering from neurodegenerative conditions. CURRENT PROJECTS: Understanding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. This […]

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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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