The South Australian Neuroscience Institute is an organization of all South Australians with a professional interest in neuroscience. It is supported by the three universities in the state; University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University. The 200 members of SANI come from these three institutions, their affiliates and from other organizations including DSTO and CSIRO. With current research funding exceeding $10m annually, neuroscience represents a major research strength of South Australia. The opportunities to collaborate more effectively, to communicate more clearly and to translate discovery into practice more efficiently motivate the high level of cooperation between members of SANI and their institutions.
Genes controlling development and disease.
Mutations of the “presenilin 1” gene in humans is associated with some cases of inherited Alzheimers disease. Experimental alterations in presenilin 1 gene expression, in zebrafish embyros, causes a distinctive, pathological increase in the size of brain ventricles. This reflects an important role in this gene in normal brain development.
Source: Michael Lardelli and colleagues, University of Adelaide