Blog: The Brain Dialogues

6 May 2020

Socialisation Safeguard

RHIAGH CLEARY & HEIDI DOUGLASS Human beings are by nature social beings, and socialising is important to maintain mental, emotional and physical health.  Socialisation has been shown to boost immunity and have health benefits such as reduced osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis and improved cognitive function and cardiovascular health. According to researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), those who socialise regularly are more likely to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.  Rhiagh ClearyOur research also shows that the pattern in which you socialise can say a… Read More
16 Apr 2020

Gene Expression Profiling to Treat Brain Cancer

Research Officer in CHeBA’s Genetics & Epigenomics Group, Naga Mutyala, completed her PhD in March 2020 which focused on evaluating a rodent model and novel treatments for glioblastoma, a grade IV brain cancer, using gene expression profiling.  Glioblastoma is the most lethal grade of brain cancer in adults and resultantly has very poor patient outcomes with a median survival rate of only 15 months. To improve treatment success further evaluation of alternative therapies is urgently required. Therefore, we examined the efficacy of an antipsychotic drug olanzapine as an alternative… Read More

Benefitting Future Generations with Maintain Your Brain

Paddy and Geoff Goldsmith
Paddy and Geoff Goldsmith
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Photo credit Brendan Esposito, ABC   Along with 6,000 other Australians, 77-year-old Paddy Goldsmith is playing a vital role in changing the future of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through her participation in the Maintain Your Brain research trial. Led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney, Maintain Your Brain is the world’s largest internet-based trial aimed at preventing dementia. My motivation to be involved in research came after losing two friends to dementia; one of whom was especially dear to me, says… Read More
4 Feb 2020

Towards Culture-Fair Cognitive Testing of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Older Australians

Zara Page, a fourth-year Neuroscience Honours student, has spent the year working with Dr Nicole Kochan and Dr Karen Croot alongside CHeBA's CogSCAN and Sydney Memory and Ageing Study teams to explore the culture-fairness of computerised neuropsychological testing for culturally and linguistically diverse older Australians. Despite Australia’s multicultural society, older culturally and linguistically diverse Australians have been overlooked in dementia research. Traditionally, pencil-and-paper tests are considered as the ‘gold standard’ tool to diagnose and monitor dementia. However,… Read More
10 Dec 2019

Year 10 Students Attend Research Day at CHeBA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Aspiring Year 10 students from schools across New South Wales have been given a taste of research life in CHeBA’s Brain & Ageing Research Laboratory. Matthew Wong, together with Leader of the Brain & Ageing Research Laboratory – Dr Nady Braidy, and fellow CHeBA PhD students Yue Liu, Marina Ulanova and Gurjeet Kaur hosted up to six high school students across two separate days in November. The sessions, led by Mr Wong, introduced CHeBA's team and research vision and objectives, while highlighting the need to identify biomarkers to facilitate… Read More
19 Nov 2019

Tale of the Century

Peter Singleton of Woollahra with Sydney Centenarian Study Coordinator Dr Catherine Browning
Peter Singleton of Woollahra with Sydney Centenarian Study Coordinator Dr Catherine Browning
This article was originally published in Montefiore LIFE, Rosh Hashana 2019. Discover more about the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) UNSW's Sydney Centenarian Study, which includes many Montefiore residents. Every year, the likelihood of living to 100 and beyond increases. The possibility of achieving this exceptional age is on the one hand exciting – after all, throughout history, humankind has been intrigued by the fountain of youth concept. However, longevity can come with significant challenges. The Sydney Centenarian Study led by the UNSW Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA… Read More
11 Nov 2019

Inter-Generational Family Foundation

CHeBA Blog: Inter-Generational Family Foundation
The Mostyn Family Foundation
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Multigenerational giving provides meaningful opportunities to bring family members together to support common causes, give back to communities, and create lasting change; a concept that is well understood by the Mostyn family in Sydney. Three generations of the Mostyn family work collectively to provide funding support for valuable projects, while modelling social values to younger generations and raising awareness of community needs. The Mostyn Family Foundation was founded by Bob Mostyn in 2011 with support of his sons Richard, Andrew and Robert… Read More
9 Oct 2019

Property Industry Continues to Wipeout Dementia

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Senior executives from Australia’s property industry are spending the next month increasing their physical activity in the lead up to the tenth Wipeout Dementia; a surf off contest at Bondi Beach which raises funds for dementia research at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA).  45 surfers across five teams (listed below) will compete in this year’s property industry event alongside Wipeout Dementia Ambassador and 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew AM, with the first ever Battle Royale occurring at the end of the Surf Off. … Read More
6 Aug 2019

Subjective Cognitive Complaints and Dementia

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Study Co-Ordinator of CHeBA’s Sydney Memory & Ageing Study, Dr Katya Numbers, was invited to present on participants’ subjective experience of cognitive decline at the 4th Annual Australia Dementia Forum 2019 Conference (ADF) in Hobart in June. The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study began in 2005 to examine clinical characteristics and prevalence of mild cognitive impairment and to determine the rate of change of cognitive function over time. Since its inception, the study has included over 1,000 older adult Sydney residents making it one of the… Read More
5 Jun 2019

School of Psychiatry Academics Recognised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP)

Professor Brian Draper receive his award from outgoing RANZCP President Dr Kym Jenkins
Professor Brian Draper receive his award from outgoing RANZCP President Dr Kym Jenkins
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Two of UNSW’s School of Psychiatry and Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) academics, Professor Brian Draper and Professor Julian Trollor, were acknowledged for significant contributions to psychiatry at the recent RANZCP Congress held on Monday, 13th May 2019. Professor Brian Draper, a Chief Investigator on CHeBA’s Sydney Memory & Ageing Study, was awarded the RANZCP’s College Medal of Honour for his outstanding contribution to psychiatry as a clinician and researcher, and for his extensive and continuous service to the RANZCP. Established in… Read More