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About KaRa

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What is KaRa

“The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

JFK

 

We know that the mind and the processes involved in maintaining it, are complex. Finding solutions for those in need and generations to follow, involves many minds.

 

The initial establishment of KaRa Minds has come about through the vision, commitment and compassion of two like-minded people who bring together two unique perspectives, encompassing pure and applied clinical research as well as care. KaRa Minds is an independent research institute based in Sydney, focus on the prevention, detection and cure of neurological diseases.

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Our Mission

KaRa Mind is dedicated to preserving and achieving optimum mind health for all.

 

Our mission is to facilitate high calibre clinical trials for those areas that need exploration, supporting researchers which will ultimately translate discovery into improved diagnostics and better care.

 

We aim to bring together like-minded investigators, to promote biomedical and clinical research and undertake high impact studies. KaRa Minds promotes growth and advancement of knowledge within an atmosphere of genuine collaboration. KaRa Minds is about finding solutions to those questions that remain unanswered.

 

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Dementia currently affects over 35.6 Million people worldwide, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type. The number of people with dementia in Australia is currently estimated as 342,500 and unless a scientific breakthrough can be found by the year 2050, that number will be close to 1 million. KaRa is committed to supporting scientific discovery so that solutions can be found.

Our Valued Partners

KaRa Minds is currently affiliated with and supported by the following people and organisations:

Our Collaborators

Mr Robin Freeman, ARV

Prof Lars Ittner, UNSW

Prof Michael Kassiou, U.Syd

Prof Roger Chung, Macquarie Uni

Dr Pon Anura, MMI

Affiliated Organisations

Macquarie University

Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV)

McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation

Edith Cowan University

Consultant Advisors

A/Prof. Nat Lenzo, OMI

Mr Martin Pengilly

Mr Michael Apthorpe

Our Founders

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Hon. Associate Professor Kathryn Goozee

MC.N GDM GCG

A/Prof. Kathryn Goozee has over 30 years of clinical experience encompassing management, education and care. Within the last decade she has broadened her focus to encompass applied clinical research with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Kathryn is co-founder of the KaRa Institute of Neurological Disease (KaRa Minds), and provides direct clinical governance and support across the team.

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Her current focus is in the area of dementia prevention, and the influence of lifestyle factors, including nutrition, exercise and sleep on dementia. Kathryn maintains a strong connection with the Anglican Retirement Village (ARV), as the Director of Dementia and Clinical Research, whilst also being the Co-PI of a study examining the influence of curcumin in AD prevention on the blood, brain and eye, conducted in affiliation with the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, WA.

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Kathryn has held a number of senior positions during her career, across a broad spectrum of practice areas, including acute hospital, high dependency, rehabilitation, memory clinics, respite, and residential services. Within Australia, Kathryn was also the first Nurse Practitioner in Dementia within a residential village, and as such, initiated and implemented a number of innovative models of practice within her specialty, including in 2009 founding the BrightMinds™ Memory Enhancement Centre, ARV promoting destigmatisation, early assessment, and proactive risk management. Earlier work included successfully securing Commonwealth funding to establish and manage the Time Off Program (TOPSs), which subsequently delivered  flexible and innovative in home respite to carers of people with dementia, for the following 15 years across the Hornsby Kur-ring-gai, Ryde and Hunter’s Hill local government areas.

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Professor Ralph Martins

B.Sc.(Hons.) PhD

Professor Ralph Martins is well-known and highly respected both nationally and internationally as a leading researcher in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Over the last 30 years, his insight into this devastating disease has led to a number of ground breaking discoveries. He contributed to the pioneering discovery of Beta-amyloid (Aβ) and the amyloid precursor protein (APP), an important protein found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients now universally acknowledged as being fundamental to the pathology of AD.

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Over-production of Aβ and the impaired clearance of this toxic protein from the brain plays a key role in its accumulation in the AD brain and the resulting neurodegeneration. Subsequently, Professor Martin’s research has focused on the mechanisms and factors leading to the release and deposition of Aβ in AD. His identification of oxidative stress in the Alzheimer brain has also been described as a significant landmark discovery. Professor Martins and his team are unique in that their program traverses both clinical and laboratory based research to facilitate the translation of research findings into improved therapeutics, diagnostics and preventative interventions for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Over his career, Professor Martins has published 312 (ERA listed) peer-reviewed publications, in prestigious high impact journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (IF= 29.3), Lancet Neurology (IF=23.9), New England Journal of Medicine (51.6), Molecular Psychiatry (IF =14.0, and a journal of the Nature publishing group) and Annals of Neurology (IF =11.1). His publications have been cited over 7200 times and he has an h-index of 46. In the past 5 years alone he has published 137 articles (average of 27 publications per year). In addition, 12 book chapters have been published by well regarded publishing agencies, including Cambridge University Press, Springer-Verlag and Elsevier.

Contact

Email: info@karaminds.com.au

 

Phone: +61 2 89607788

 

Fx: +61 2 89607790

 

Address:

Suite 1.06, Building 3,

35-41 Waterloo Road,

Macquarie Park,

NSW, Australia.

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