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Brain Matters - Professor Kim Cornish

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The brain is the most amazing and complex organ in the human body.

The human brain consists of millions and millions of electrical wires which are known as axons This distance is the equivalent of travelling around the earth four times in a row! It is thought that there are about eighty billion neurons within the human brain. There are about ten trillion connections between these neurons which help us to read, write, watch, learn, plan, think, feel, move and solve problems on a daily basis.

Our brains are at a crossroads now!

One in three of us will get dementia or stroke during our lifetime. This can occur at any age-any time-anywhere! Both these disorders are preventable- treatable for the most part. Migraine is the leading cause of disability in Australia with a $ 40 billion $ cost to the Australian economy during 2018! Yet, the NHMRC allocated less than 0.09% of its total funding towards migraine-related research during the last decade.

Brain disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide- while research funds towards brain disorders continue to remain low.

PROFESSOR KIM CORNISH PhD FASSA
Founding Director, The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University
Head, Monash School of Psychological Sciences
Professor Kim Cornish is the Founding Director of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health - the first named institute at Monash that reflects the extraordinary generosity of the late Mr. David Winston Turner, a Monash alumnus. Professor Cornish is also the current Head of the Monash School of Psychological Sciences and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (FASSA).
Prior to joining Monash University in 2009, Professor Cornish held the prestigious Canada Research Chair (Tier1) in developmental neuroscience at McGill University in Montréal. She is a pioneer in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, having defined attention pathways and their trajectories in children with differing neurogenetic disorders, in particular Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and Autism. This work culminated in a ground-breaking translational suite of interactive cognitive tools known as TALITM - the world’s first interactive attention training program for children with severe attention deficits. In partnership with industry, TALI is now used in clinics all over Australia and is a NDIS-approved medical device.
Professor Cornish’s eminent research profile spans over 25 years and has been continuously funded across three continents. In the UK, Professor Cornish has received funding from the Wellcome Trust and Mental Health Foundation; in the USA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH); in Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Research Chairs Programs, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation; and in Australia, the Australian Research Council (ARC) (Discovery Grants, Linkages, LIEF), the NHMRC (Developmental Grants) and the Cooperative Research Centre Projects initiative. Collectively, Professor Cornish is the author of over 130 scientific publications, 2 patents, and 1 book.
Professor Cornish is a Board Member of the Australian Brain Alliance (ABA), Hudson Institute of Medical Research (HIMR) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).

Professor Kim Cornish, Monash University is the Queen in the field of the potential of attention training in developmental brain disorders. Her work promises huge potential for many other brain disorders such as migraine ( the leading cause of disability with a 40 billion budget hole during 2018), stroke, concussion and dementia. We are delighted to host her for a special grand round at Western Health, in preparation for the World Brain Day, 2019, 22 July 2019 and upcoming Lance- Goadsby Mind-Migraine-Movement Brain Health Symposium ( 9th-10th August 2019) at Western Health.

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