Does 'brain training' work?

In a large-scale systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLoS Medicine, researchers at the Regenerative Neuroscience group have found that cognitive training is effective in healthy older adults. However, benefits can be achieved only when cognitive training is conducted in group settings and no more than three times per week. Read more

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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.

To learn more about how you can contribute to beating dementia click here

To learn more about the DOGS+CELLS Trial that aims to beat doggie dementia click here

NHMRC Grant Success for RNG

On October 17, 2014, The National Health and Medical Research Council awarded $716,000 in grant funding to a study led by AProf Michael Valenzuela, leader of the Regenerative Neuroscience Group, in collaboration with Prof Sharon Naismith (University of Sydney), Prof Henry Brodaty (Universiry of New South Wales) and Dr Andreas Envig (University of Oslo, Norway). 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.

The DOGS+CELLS Trial is currently recruiting doggie dementia patients for this world-first study. Learn more here