Will you invest in cures?

Today, as the end of the financial year draws close, I write to you with a simple request…

We have identified a new research leader we want on our team. Bringing expertise in neuroinflammation, which we believe will be a critical factor for further advances in our schizophrenia research, their skills will also help address research into other disorders including depression and bipolar.

The costs of bringing this new leader into our team are significant, but now is the time we must confidently invest in cures.

Will you help bring this researcher to NeuRA?

How you can help

Please considering giving today, or perhaps you’d like to become a Discovery Partner, and commit to a small monthly donation.

With the end of the financial year shortly upon us, I know you’ll be inundated with requests for support. What I ask is that you stop and think about a future free of schizophrenia, and back NeuRA to realise that dream.

Will you be a part of our quest to make this happen?

Today, as the end of the financial year draws close, I write to you with a simple request…

Will you invest in our schizophrenia research team at NeuRA?

We must never stand still

The current team at NeuRA, under the leadership of Professor Cyndi Shannon-Weickert, have made some incredible advances recently.

You may recall last year I spoke about NeuRA researchers discovering the presence of antibodies in the brains of people who lived with schizophrenia. Today, we are on the cusp of announcing a major breakthrough in this research work… a breakthrough that has the potential of reversing the symptoms of schizophrenia. An extraordinary breakthrough!

Your support has made this happen.

Whilst this is very exciting, we are now looking to build on this discovery and invest further in our quest to conquer schizophrenia.

To take advantage of this incredible breakthrough, we have identified a new research leader we want to bring to NeuRA. Bringing new expertise in neuroinflammation, which we believe will be a critical factor for further advances in our schizophrenia research, their skills will also help address research into other disorders including depression and bipolar.

Now is the time that we must grow the team. Will you help support our quest?

New areas to explore

The new team will be exploring two specific areas of research:

  1. Brain inflammation
  2. Models of the disease

There continues to be strong evidence linking brain inflammation with schizophrenia, along with other mental health conditions. The new team will be exploring this evidence further, and answer this question: could severe mental illness be better treated with anti-inflammatory therapies?

The second area is in creating ethically approved models of schizophrenia to allow testing of known drugs that could have a role in the treatment of schizophrenia. Before any human clinical trial, researchers need to demonstrate that these new therapies, which are already known to be safe for use in humans, are able to achieve the predicted biological effects. For example, a new anti-inflammatory therapy needs to have evidence that it will reduce one or more of the symptoms of schizophrenia before clinical trials can commence.

The new research team has years of experience in both of these areas, allowing this recent breakthrough to move schizophrenia research dramatically forward.

You can help build our team

As a long-time supporter of schizophrenia research in Australia, you know the statistics. You know the torture and torment for both the person living with this cruel disease and those around them. You know its chronic nature, the problems with employment and friendships, the issues with financial independence and medication compliance.

Today, I’m asking you to see the future and to invest in this new team of passionate researchers. The costs of researching this awful disease are staggering, but if every person reading this letter gave what they could afford, new researchers could start as early as July 1. Your gifts will be used to buy equipment, pay salaries, provide consumables and help pay for clinical trials.

Will you help with a gift? Perhaps you’d consider becoming a Discovery Partner, by committing to a small monthly donation. Any donation you give today will help.

With the end of the financial year shortly upon us, I know you’ll be inundated with requests for support.

What I ask is that you stop and think about a future free of schizophrenia, and back NeuRA to realise that dream. Will you be a part of our quest to make this happen?

All gifts over $2 are tax deductible.