One step closer to a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Scientists from the Florey, in collaboration with other Australian institutes, are now one step closer to a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease “One step closer to a blood test for Alzheimer’s” They identified blood-based biological markers that are associated with the build up of a toxic protein in the brain which occurs years before symptoms appear and irreversible brain damage has occurred. “Early detection is critical if we are to make any real difference in the battle against Alzheimer’s, giving those at risk a much better chance of receiving treatment…

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Register now for Prof Ingrid Scheffer’s ICT for Life Sciences Forum presentation “Paroxysmal neurological events – The new genetics solves age-old questions”

Registrations are now open for Professor Ingrid Scheffer’s ICT for Life Sciences Forum presentation “Paroxysmal neurological events – The new genetics solves age-old questions”. For many years, there was debate about whether paroxysmal events occurring in sleep were a type of epileptic seizure or a movement disorder. Similarly the aetiological relationship between movement disorders and epilepsies occurring in one person has been a matter of intense scrutiny. With the advent of the new genetic techniques such as whole exome sequencing, we are beginning to shed light on these age-old questions. Gene…

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Why Science Matters: A Q&A on the importance of science for Australia’s future

Will science play an important role in Australia’s future economy? Does science provide good value for money? What skills do we need to build for Australia in the post-mining era? What are Australia’s research strengths and why do they matter? This science Q&A panel features Federal Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt in conversation with leading scientists, discussing why science matters for Australia.This free event will be hosted by Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Chair Australian Early-Mid CareerResearcher Forum, and will feature a panel including: Adam Bandt, Federal MP for Melbourne, Deputy Leader of the Australian…

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Neurosciences Victoria Brain and Mind Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2013 Neurosciences Victoria (NSV) Brain and Mind Scholarships. These awards are to encourage graduate research as a viable option in clinical neuroscience and related disciplines by providing support to clinical researchers and allied health professionals at Victorian institutions. More information can be found here.

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Market of the Mind – Speed meet a Scientist

Image courtesy of Simmone Spring On Friday 10th August the cerebral, scientific and social worlds collide with Market of the Mind, an event where you can discover how your brain can be tricked into believing a conman, alter your perceptions and spot the pseudo-science.  The event will be held within at City Square and will include a number of different mini-activities including Speed-Meet-A-Scientist session, some ‘alcohol goggles’ where people can see how alcohol changes their perception of the world and various other hands-on activities. The event aims to not just have…

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Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Seminar “How input from the eye is processed in the brain”

The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute 2012 External Speaker Program present Professor Greg Stuart, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra. “How input from the eye is processed in the brain”   Visual information received by our eyes is combined in the brain to form a single view of the outside world. How this occurs at the cellular level is not well understood. In my presentation I will review what we know about how neurons in the brain integrate information.   As the vast majority of inputs to neurons are made onto their dendrites, I will focus…

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Imaging structure and function in the Nervous System

July 24 – August 13, 2012 COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY Application Deadline: April 15, 2012 Arranged by:David DiGregorio and Jack Waters Advances in light microscopy, digital image processing, and the development of a variety of powerful fluorescent probes present expanding opportunities for investigating the nervous system, from synaptic spines to networks in the brain. This intensive laboratory and lecture course will provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge to utilize emerging imaging technologies. The primary emphasis of the course will be on vital light microscopy. Students will learn the…

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