1. CNRC Bionic Vision Project
The Australian Research Council recently announced a funding scheme to support Australian research into bionic vision. A number of the aims and objectives of this funding initiative align with current CNRC projects (see Research Projects). A group of CNRC Researchers and our partners have therefore recently completed a collaborative proposal for funding from this scheme. You can read more about the University of Adelaide Bionic Vision project here.
2. Tooth Stem Cells Give Brain Surgery Hopes
Researchers at the University of Adelaide Centre for Stem Cell
Research say they are close to repairing stroke-damaged brains using
stem cells taken from human dental pulp.
Project coordinator, and CNRC Co-Convener, Dr Simon Koblar's group
is currently testing the procedure on rats and are aiming to eventually
move into human trials within the next 5 years.
The research has funding support from the Catholic Church because it
avoids the ethical dilemma involved with use of embryonic stem cells.
Click here for the full story and video
3. Deep Brain Stimulation to Control Tourettes Syndrome
Bianca Saez was first diagnosed with an innocent blinking tic when
she was three,
since then, She has got progressively worse. Bianca was diagnosed with
Tourettes Syndrome, the worst case doctors have ever seen.
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder, which most often
begins between the ages of 2 and 21, and lasts throughout life.
In an Australian first, Queensland Neurosurgeon Professor Peter
Silburn performed deep brain stimulation therapy on Bianca, a treatment
usually used in Parkinson's Disease, to try and control Her Tourettes.
One week after surgery, Bianca's and she is able to walk, talk and
behave as a normal 16 year old girl. Approximately 90% of her tics have
been significantly reduced or eliminated and Professor Silburn expects
continued improvement over the next 4-6 weeks.
Professor Silburn said "This is an emerging surgical treatment for Tourettes
Syndrome and is providing significant hope as you can see in Bianca's
case, and improves their quality of life. So it is a very exciting area
and it is providing real hope and therefore it is an area most
rewarding to be involved in as a Doctor."
Click here to read the Sixty Minutes transcript and watch the video (note: this won't load properly on Firefox)
Click here to read the online chat with Professor Peter Silburn (note: this won't load properly on Firefox)
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