Biogeochemistry & neuroscience

Cellular activity

The concepts of nutrient supply and oxidant generation, which are central to our work in natural systems and water, are also key to the fundamental science behind neurological disease.To help explain the “biogeochemical” processes involved in neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, BioGEMS researchers have teamed up with UNSW PLuS Alliance colleagues at King’s College in London, particularly Professor Bob Hider, a specialist in chelation therapy, one of the key therapies for Parkinson’s. 

We’re also beginning work with colleagues in The Florey – Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, to look at  processes in relation to Alzheimer’s disease and ageing. We are using the Australian Synchrotron [a machine about the size of a football field that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light] to study the transformation of iron locked up with biomolecules, and to look at how it changes through the ageing process. 

More about our work here.