This international partnership wants to pick your brain
Two major universities in Australia and China have formed an international partnership to uncover new knowledge about the human brain and turn groundbreaking research findings into new treatments.
To facilitate research, the two institutions – University of Queensland (UQ) and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) – launched the SUSTech-UQ Centre for Neuroscience and Neural Engineering in Shenzen last week.
Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) Director Professor Pankaj Sah said the international partnership would deliver a step-change in understanding neuroscience through the establishment of two collaborative nodes at the two participating universities.
“We aim to develop new technologies and data analysis methods to unlock the mysteries of the human brain and allow rapid translation of research into improved treatments for disorders such as stroke,” the academic said in a media release.
Research programmes at the centre will look into ways to protect the brain in the event of a stroke and promote recovery through stimulating neuron repair, as well as to improve neuromodulation techniques to treat movement and neurological disorders.
Neuromodulation is a surgical technique that uses brain stimulation to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
According to Professor Sah, the launch of the centre is a formalisation of an existing partnership between SUSTech and UQ’s QBI, whose researchers had previously trained surgeons from Shenzen in neuromodulation.
”I am delighted that we can join forces to harness the energy and expertise available at both institutions to generate knowledge about the brain that can be applied to diseases that affect people around the globe,” he said.
UQ and SUSTech will contribute a total of AU$1 million each over the next five years to the centre.