The Brain That Repairs Itself


Dr Clare Parish and Dr Lachlan Thompson are from the Florey Neuroscience Institutes  and will give a special talk to ASC members about the latest treatments for neurological conditions including stroke, motor neuron disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease. Their work is extraordinarily important, given that diseases of the brain affect one in five Australians and have a significant impact on the lives of their families and friends as well as the health system.


Stem cell therapy offers a contemporary way forward for people seeking treatment for these neurological conditions.  Stem-cell therapies can generate dopamine neurons that actually repair the brain from the inside.  Clare and Lachlan are also trying to stop brain degeneration by placing genetic material directly into a cell, delivering signals to tell the cell to stay alive. This protects neurons from injury and promotes self-repair. 


Clare and Lachlan will provide an insider's view on current thinking about the resilience of the brain and how their cutting-edge research could improve the quality of life for thousands of people. This special event is hosted by the Australian Science Communicators in partnership with the Florey Institute.


Venue: Graduate House, University of Melbourne

Date: 6.30 pm, Tuesday 13 September

Cost: FREE to ASC members, $10 for non-members. 

Bookings essential: RSVP by e-mail to Laura Miles at:


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Laura Miles
Vice-President, Australian Science Communicators (Victoria) / Executive Director, Museums Australia (Victoria)
Tel: 03 8341 7344
Mob: 04 3269 2583