As our population ages we all have an increased chance of being affected by neurodegenerative diseases caused by cell death in the brain. With this, brain tumours and brain cancer are also rising in our community. 15% of Australia’s population is already over the age of 65. As a result, the St Vincent’s Neurosciences Department are focusing their efforts on ensuring the best possible research driven care and treatments are available to our patients.

Furthermore, recent advances in genome sequencing and application paired with rapidly changing technology has meant we are seeing improvements in the diagnosis and treatment options for brain diseases and conditions.

Thanks to a generous gift from Peter Duncan AM in 2012, St Vincent’s have been able to establish the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit. Because of this, St Vincent’s Hospitals and research facilities are working towards establishing a Centre of Excellence in Brain Health. Our goal is to find treatments for degenerative brain diseases.

Introducing our Brains Trust

The Centre is headed up by our St Vincent’s Brains Trust. This is 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 their colleagues.

Their work spans a range of programs across:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Chronic Headaches and Migraine
  • Minimally and Non-Invasive Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
  • Older People’s Mental Health.

Developing the treatments of tomorrow, today

Finally, future treatments and eventual cures for the diseases that afflict thousands of Australians begin with research innovation. Furthermore, being at the forefront of innovation and leading the way requires resources. It requires a range of talented people and equipment unfunded by Government.

That is why we need your support in making sure our services benefit from the latest treatments and equipment.  We want our brain research department to attract a range of talented people.

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