NeuRA is a not-for-profit independent medical research organisation associated with the School of Medicine, University of New South Wales. NeuRA is accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council, (NHMRC) which is Australia’s leading expert body (Government) promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards, and employs around 300 staff – of which 90% are researchers, with collaborative research conducted across Australia and around the world.
Among the research groups housed at NeuRA are a number of groups focused on injury prevention. This includes the research group led by Dr Brown that focuses on preventing injury through enhanced protective equipment, and the TransUrban Road Safety Centre. Through these research activities, NeuRA has played a significant role in contributing evidence required for new and improved Australian product standards for safety equipment, government regulations related to this equipment and consumer information programs aimed at communicating the relative performance of safety equipment to the public.
The PIONEERS project aligns and extends Dr Brown’s research group and the TransUrban Reseaech Centre at NeuRA motorcycle safety program. This research program has been funded through competitively awarded grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and government road authorities, and has involved collaborative research projects with other Australian and international research institutions.