Protect and repair

Discovering new ways to protect and repair the brain

When the brain is affected by an injury, a disease or disorder, it can change a person’s life drastically.

The Florey’s researchers in the Protect and Repair mission are renowned experts in a diverse range of brain conditions, united by their commitment to further our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and brain injuries to improve care and develop new treatments, including the innovative use of stem cells to repair the brain.

The challenge

Key people

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Professor Bradley Turner

Research Lead

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Professor Julie Bernhardt

Clinical Co-lead

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Professor Vincent Thijs

Clinical Co-lead

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Professor Clare Parish

Executive Lead

Research groups

  • Autonomic Neuroscience Group

    The Autonomic Neuroscience Group investigates the groups of brain cells responsible for controlling bodily functions like heart rate and temperature regulation.

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  • AVERT Early Rehabilitation Research Group

    The AVERT group works to develop the most effective treatments and environments to maximise recovery in people after stroke.

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  • Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Group

    The Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Group researches digestive physiology and nutrition, including inflammatory bowel disease.

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  • Motor Neurone Disease Group

    Neurodegenerative diseases have a devastating impact on quality of life and impose a tremendous burden on the health care system.  Among neurodegenerative conditions, motor neurodegenerative diseases are the among the most rapidly fatal, with increasing disability and death within 2-3 years from symptom onset. 

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  • Multiple Sclerosis and Myelin Repair Group

    We are multi-disciplinary group straddling the fields of immunology, genetics and myelin biology, with a particular interest in the intersection of these disciplines in MS susceptibility, severity and recovery. 

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