As our population ages we all have an increased chance of being affected by neurodegenerative diseases caused by cell death in the brain. Brain tumours and brain cancer are unfortunately also, increasing in frequency in our community.
With 15% of our population already over the age of 65, St Vincent’s neurologists, neurosurgeons and clinician researchers are focusing their efforts on ensuring the best possible research driven care and treatments are available to our patients.
Advances in genome sequencing and application, rapidly changing technology, and scientific advances are making possible significant improvements in neurological diagnostic and treatment options.
Much of the work done in this area to date has been supported through a generous gift from philanthropist Peter Duncan AM in 2012 that established the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit. Building on this, St Vincent’s Hospitals and research facilities are working towards establishing a Centre of Excellence in Brain Health with the goal of finding treatments for degenerative brain diseases.
Introducing our Brains Trust
Philanthropic support will be key to enabling the innovative clinical treatment and research programs in the centre which is being headed up by our St Vincent’s Brains Trust, a team of leading clinicians that includes Professor Bruce Brew AM, A/Professor Stephen Tisch, A/Professor Susan Tomlinson, Dr Mark Winder, Professor David Burke and many of their colleagues.
Their work spans a range of initiatives across Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Chronic Headaches and Migraine, Minimally and Non-Invasive Neurosurgery, Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery and Older People’s Mental Health.
Developing the treatments of tomorrow, today
We need your support in ensuring our services benefit from the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and our neurological research attracts a range of talented people and remains at the forefront of innovation, including the restorative work in the field of Brain Injury and illness.
Future treatments and eventual cures for the diseases that afflict thousands of Australians begin with research innovation, and leading the way requires a range of talented people, resources and equipment unfunded by Government.
By supporting our Brains Trust, you can help ensure the treatments of tomorrow are developed today.Donate now