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Brain Health Reference Group

Are you living with or have a family member or caring for someone living with dementia or other brain-related diseases/disorders? The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) are forming a Brain Health Community Reference Group to help guide research and inform the general public on relevant research activities at Curtin University.

About the project/vacancy

Curtin University are committed to research excellence and innovation, through collaborative links with:

  • Other research institutions nationally and internationally
  • The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • Healthcare providers
  • Government

Curtin research staff are experienced in key areas of molecular and cellular biology, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, genetics and clinical sciences.

Focused research areas include dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, sensory and cognitive brain systems, the brains response to chronic pain, mental health disorders, and developmental/rare genetic diseases.

Projects are focused on exploring underlying cellular, molecular and physiological mechanisms, understanding the contribution of lifestyle and genetic risk factors for developing certain brain diseases, establishment of management/preventative strategies, how the brain responds to chronic pain and genetic and cellular underpinnings of childhood neurological diseases.

These projects have implications for designing better therapeutic, preventative and management strategies for better brain health.

About the position

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) is looking for 10-12 people with varying forms of neurological and related conditions to join a Reference Group 

What am I expected to do?

  • Offer advice about current and potential research projects. This could include feedback on projects being considered or underway
  • Develop what areas of biomedical research should be targeted as a matter of priority
  • Specific tasks could include - document review including grant applications.

What skills or experience do I need?

We seek Individuals who have family members or are caring for someone living with brain diseases, those with very early stages of cognitive impairment or those experiencing chronic pain.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The meetings will be held every 3 months starting in June and you will be invited to be involved for two years with the option for an extension at that time.

Where will meetings be held?

Curtin University Bentley Campus but you will be offered the opportunity to join remotely if required

What support is offered?

$35 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

To apply please follow the link to a short application form: or you can email us at or call (08) 6151 1071.

Applications close: 02 July 2021