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Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Meet Dr Radha Nair-Roberts, postdoctoral researcher at the Brain Repair Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Radha and I first met in Oxford when we both won places on the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD program in Neuroscience.  Radha’s PhD studies took her on a far more exotic journey than most – few… Continue Reading

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

  Late last year in my Meet the Neuroscientists interview series, I spoke to Charlene Levitan who studies centenarians for the Sydney Centenarian Study.  Her research has revealed that only about 30% of longevity is determined by our genes. As Dr Levitan pointed out: We can’t choose our parents, but we can choose our lifestyle.… Continue Reading

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Dr Charlene Levitan from the University of New South Wales heads the Sydney Centenarian Study. She studies that exceptional group of people in our community who live to be 100 years or older. Dr Levitan’s work hopes to uncover the genetic and environmental determinants to successful ageing. I spoke to Dr Levitan about her passions, whether… Continue Reading

Would you donate your brain?  Interview with brain bank manager, Dr Claire Shepherd

Would you donate your brain? Interview with brain bank manager, Dr Claire Shepherd

Meet the lovely Dr Claire Shepherd, neuroscientist and Manager of the Sydney Brain Bank. I first met Claire when we were postdocs at NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia,  then the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute). She’s just taken on a new role as first-time Mum and took time out of her new routine to speak… Continue Reading

Who is most at risk of dementia?

Who is most at risk of dementia?

I’m having a busy week writing  information booklets for the friends and family of people with schizophrenia.  I’ve not had a lot of time to write a blog post, so the following information comes with many thanks to Alzheimer’s Australia. Why do some people develop dementia, while others live to a ripe old age with… Continue Reading

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