Regenerating brains study wins science award

By AG Staff 13 November 2015
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A top neuroscientist has been awarded the CSL Florey Medal for research into how ageing brains can regenerate and repair.

A QUEENSLAND NEUROSCIENTIST has won the CSL Florey Medal for 2015, recognising his lifetime of research, particularly his revolutionary investigations into how ageing brains can repair and regenerate.

Professor Perry Bartlett, from the Queensland Brain Institute at University of Queensland, was awarded the medal at a ceremony at Parliament House this week.

A leader in neuroscience and founder of the institute, Perry’s research examines the link between exercise and stem cells in ageing brains.

The research suggests that the brain is constantly producing new neurons, which impacts brain functions such as learning, memory and mood. This concept is revolutionary in the field of neuroscience, and may add to scientists’ understanding of dementia and depression in adults.

The Florey Medal is awarded every two years to an Australian researcher for outstanding achievement in biomedical science. The award carries a prize of $50,000, from biotech company CSL Limited.