AProf Michael Valenzuela

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AProf Michael Valenzuela leads the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. Michael's early work focused on the idea of brain reserve, how complex mental activity impacts the brain and our risk for dementia. Now his group is developing new ways to prevent and treat dementia, research that combines stem cells, animal models, brain imaging, clinical trials and epidemiological cohorts from around the world. Read more

Brazillian students making a splash in Sydney

The University of Sydney has welcomed more than 210 students from Brazil for the start of the University semester. Science Without Borders is a scholarship program funded by the Brazilian Government. It aims to give undergraduate and postgraduate students from Brazil the opportunity to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation at the top universities around the world. Among them is one of our internship students Yasmin who is currently assisting our research in stem cells and neurogenesis. Read more

Can a blood test predict Alzheimer's disease?

A team of collaborators from the United States has created a blood test with the potential to predict Alzheimer's disease. Based on a small group of older adults, the researchers have discovered a panel of biomarkers that predicted conversion from normal ageing to dementia with 90% accuracy over the course of 3 years. This new development in the field of early detection of dementia may ultimately provide a more appealing alternative to current invasive diagnostic techniques. Read more

RNG Strategic Research Program

Dogs have the most plastic genome of any animal. They have shared our environments and experiences for at least 14,000 years, and this period of co-evolution has produced dramatic changes to canine morphology, brain organization, behavioural attributes and genetic diversity. Remarkably, in their later years dogs also develop a form of dementia called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, and this is now a major research focus of RNG. Read more