Florey Events

Posted on 12/05/2016

Alzheimer’s disease – looking into a “rusty” brain


Following on from the success of the initial series last year, the Florey and Melbourne City U3A are again joining forces to bring the latest news on neuroscience to you.

This year’s series sees the return of some of the most popular speakers beginning with Florey Director and international leader in stroke researcher, Prof Geoffrey Donnan AO. New to the series will be some of the Florey’s brightest younger researchers.

All lectures except October 4 will be held at the Florey, 30 Royal Parade at 11 am.  Lectures will run for 45 minutes followed by a Q & A of 30 minutes.


Professor Ashley Bush is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, co-director of Biomarker Discovery for the Australian Imaging Biomarker and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing. He is Chief Scientific Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health. He holds an academic appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer's research. He is also Director of the Oxidation Biology Unit at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne. Ashley is also a practising psychiatrist.

Prof Bush discovered the importance of metals in degenerative disease, particularly in Alzheimer's and he is actively working to develop new and improved disease-modifying drugs as well as drug tests to help diagnose and monitor disease progression. He and his Oxidation Biology Unit are looking at how key proteins interact inappropriately with metals in the brain to cause oxidative stress in diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Professor Bush’s talk will provide insights into this devastating disease and talk about its impact on the individual and the community.

Getting here

By Car:

Car parking, including disability parking, is available under the building with easy access to the auditorium/offices. ($12 for first 4 hours, $25 for more than 4 hours, $8 after 5pm).  We recommend you bring some gold coins to pay for your parking ticket. It is a pay and display system.

Street parking (also paid) is available but can be limited in this area.

By Public transport:

Tram 19, Stop 11 heading away from the city to the Kenneth Myer Building (opposite Royal Melbourne Hospital). Look for the Dr Dax cafe sign and you’ll know you’re there.

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