About the centre
The Centre for Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine is an Australian neuroscience research centre taking a bold scientific approach to conditions of the brain and spinal cord.
Our team is driven by the desire for answers. We’re absolutely committed to achieving outcomes that will change the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease (MND), among others.
Enabled by its truly unique configuration at UTS, the Centre can apply cutting-edge approaches to devastating conditions of the brain and spinal cord. In so doing, it is distinctively positioned to deliver solutions at the very forefront of medical science.
We edge closer towards bringing meaningful benefits, potential recovery, and most importantly, hope, to these patients.
The Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine’s areas of scientific investigation are:
- Neuroscience of the brain and spinal cord
- The underlying cause of diseases
- Innovative cures
- Regeneration and repair of the brain and spinal cord
- Improving all-of-person care
Strong global network
The Centre is part of the School of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science at UTS. It collaborates within the Faculty of Science and the broader University.
Our team members have:
- Proposed new mechanisms of disease, considering the role of cells called glia in brain function, neurodegeneration and psychological disorders
- Developed evidence for unprecedented stimulation of regeneration, with profound implications for treating neurological and spinal conditions, because it suggests that we may be able to develop medicines to stimulate regeneration and recovery
- Discovered a new therapeutic target – brain energy metabolism – with potential to slow, and potentially halt, some diseases
- Revealed novel therapeutic targets for slowing or reversing the underlying disease processes in Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Integrating technology and cutting-edge science with other fields, the Centre’s multi-disciplinary approach to research represents an Australia-first leap into the future. It merges the neuroscience of cognition and movement with engineering and mathematics, to achieve novel medical approaches, breaking from traditional pathology and biochemical approaches.
Since its foundation, the CNRM has built a cohort of leading scientists, health practitioners, technologists and experts, and developed key international partnerships with principal institutions including the University of California and Los Angeles (UCLA).
The Centre’s team also comprises hand-picked, outstanding new researchers who represent the future of health in Australia and worldwide.
Key research pillars include the Neural Cell Biology Program; the Learning, Memory and Movements Program; the Spinal Cord Injury Program; programs in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. A program in regenerative medicine is being developed.
What drives us? Alleviating pain & suffering
With billions of neurons and trillions of connections, the human brain and spinal cord remain the most significant mysteries in science and modern medicine.
Neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, and mental illnesses are some of the most challenging
problems in human health. They take a tremendous toll on individuals, families, and society.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affects more than 44 million people in the world. In Australia, without a medical breakthrough, the cost for caring for those afflicted with the condition will eclipse 1% of GDP by 2030.
It is the leading cause of death for women in this country.
Spinal cord injuries also carry considerable cost. With over 250,000 new cases of spinal cord injury per year, the lifetime price of medical costs associated with the devastating injury exceeds $9.5 million per patient; an estimated $2B per to the Australian economy per annum.
These people don’t just lose the use of their limbs, but their independence and control over numerous functions we take for granted, such as sexual function, bowel control, and bladder control.
Using a clinical focus, the CNRM will incorporate the most promising approaches from around the world into our own research with a view to developing superior techniques, and achieving improved outcomes.
As part of a young, dynamic university that can establish forward-looking multi-disciplinary approaches that other research bodies simply cannot consider, the CNRM sits on the precipice of a revolution in neuroscience and brain repair.