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


Help RNG beat dementia

The Regenerative Neuroscience Group is pioneering a radical new treatment to beat dementia based on a person’s own stem cells. We have successfully tested this technology in rats and are now moving on to human research. See below for our short film about this exciting project. We aim to raise $250,000 towards this goal through public support, including crowd funding.

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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