Our partnership with the QBI

 We are so proud to partner with the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland to assist in raising funds for their incredibly important  research work into Alzheimer’s disease.
Recognising the enormous community impact of Alzheimer’s disease, QBI established a research centre in 2011, focused on understanding dementia with the aim of developing effective therapies.  That foresight led to QBI’s therapeutic ultrasound breakthrough discovery, published in 2015, demonstrating that ultrasound can clear the toxic proteins that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease from the brain in animal models.  Since that time, the team has been working through the biological and engineering challenges to develop a prototype device and treatment approach which will, once the technology is ready, be taken to human trials.  

In addition to its extremely promising ultrasound technology, the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research is home to research to better understand the healthy brain and to understand what changes in dementia. This research, which has attracted talented researchers from around the world to Brisbane, aims to identify new treatment targets and even preventative approaches to reduce the impact of dementia and, vitally, to improve health outcomes for those living with dementia.  

A key barrier to success in this project is funding. Like fashion and retail, working in science is tough. It’s competitive and, now, more than ever, drastically under-funded. So researchers need the support of the community.

This project is one close to Tracey’s heart. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Tracey dedicated her time to providing her with respite care and felt the full of effects and impacts of the disease on her family and those that loved her mother. From this feeling grew the decision that she would find a way to make a difference into research for the disease, with the hope that her help could somehow make an impact. 

White Label Noba has committed to an annual fundraising goal of $30 000 which will support a PhD student for a year, through season launches and other events. You can help White Label Noba achieve this goal by visiting this  link  and making a donation in memory of Tracey’s mother, Vonnie Healy. Simply visit this link and click “other with “QBI: Vonnie Healy” in the reference. 

QBI: For more information on QBI’s dementia research or to arrange a tour contact Andrea Markey, Deputy Director, Advancement on 0403054837 or a.markey@uq.edu.au

See more of their work here https://qbi.uq.edu.au/