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  • 25/03/2017 - 10:00 to 15:00
    Owen G. Glenn Building, Auckland Business School, Grafton Road, Auckland
    Presenter

    Brain Day Auckland 2017 – Research on the brain

    The theme for Auckland Brain Day 2017 is ‘Research on the brain’. Join us to experience lectures, presentations and creative works to enrich your world.

    Leading scientists and clinicians from the Centre for Brain Research will explore how our brains create and perceive the environment around us. Workshops with community experts provide an opportunity to experience what your brain is capable of. Meanwhile interactive art, music and neuroscience demonstrations will entertain the whole family.

    Brain Day Auckland is a free public event, held at the University of Auckland Business School. We aim to provide information on the myriad of brain disorders affecting people throughout the lifespan, along with exciting developments in brain research.

    Panel Discussions

    10am – Moving forward: advances for patients with movement disorders

    Chaired by Sue Giddens

    Dr Jon Simcock 

    Professor Janusz Lipski

    Associate Professor Greg Anson

    Jo Dysart

     

    12noon – Mental changing minds through brain research - REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL https://mentalhealthbrainday.eventbrite.co.nz

    Chaired by Jim Mora

    Sir John Kirwan

    Professor Sally Merry

    Professor Rob Kydd

     

    2pm – Dementia research: new paths of progress

    Sir Richard Faull

    Associate Professor Lynette Tippett

    Dr Phil Wood

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  • 21/03/2017 - 18:30 to 20:00
    AMRF Lecture Theatre, Ground Level, 85 Park road, Grafton
    Presenter

    The Neurological Foundation Douglas Human Brain Bank has one of the most extensive collections of human brain tissue in the Southern Hemisphere. Founded in 1994 and based at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research, the brain bank holds tissue from over 650 donated brains.

    Most of our understanding of neurological disease today has been obtained through researchers painstakingly examining human brain tissue. In this FREE public lecture, Sue Giddens of the Neurological Foundation will interview two dynamic brain researchers who work each day to unravel the mysteries of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s by studying tissue from our brain bank. Associate Professor Maurice Curtis and Dr Malvindar Singh – Bains will share exciting insights into their respective areas of research, enabled by this exceptional and very special resource.

    REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL

    Please click here to register for this event

     

    Speakers:

    Associate Professor Maurice Curtis

    Maurice Curtis grew up in rural New Zealand before moving to Auckland to study radiography. After completing radiography training he studied for a Masters of Science degree at the University of Auckland focusing on stem cell transplantation for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s disease. Continuing on from this, Maurice completed a PhD in Anatomy and Pharmacology under the guidance of Professor Richard Faull and investigated whether or not the human brain had the capacity to make new brain cells, which is a phenomenon thought not to exist in the brain. The findings from his PhD were groundbreaking since he discovered that in human brains affected by Huntington’s disease there is a massive increase in the amount of new brain cell production – as the brain attempts to repair itself. These studies were published in a number of prominent journals and set the scene for much of the remarkable work that followed.

    In addition to receiving the University of Auckland’s Best Thesis Award, Maurice was also awarded the Neurological Foundation Philip Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on stem cells in the brain at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden with Professor Peter Eriksson. During his work in Sweden, Maurice, together with colleagues in New Zealand including Professor Faull, discovered a long distance migratory pathway that stem cells in the brain migrate through. This has been a discovery of much interest and was reported around the world and published in the prestigious Science journal.

    Maurice maintains close ties with the researchers in Sweden and other parts of Europe. He is currently employed as an Associate Professor and the Director of Human Anatomy in the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland where he continues to research brain stem cells, stem cell migration, neurodegenerative diseases and neurorehabilitation. Maurice has been a recipient of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences prize for early career excellence in teaching, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.

    Maurice is the Deputy Director of the Neurological Foundation Douglas Human Brain Bank, working closely with brain bank Director Distinguished Professor Richard Faull.

    Maurice has greatly assisted the Neurological Foundation in raising awareness of the importance of brain research by presenting public lectures in numerous towns and cities around New Zealand for the past ten years. 

     

    Dr Malvindar Singh- Bains

    Dr. Malvindar Singh-Bains is a Freemasons Research Fellow at the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research, currently focusing on neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative conditions including Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Malvindar has been a top-three finalist in both 2015 and 2016 for the University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the year award for her ongoing commitment to promoting brain health and awareness of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. She was recently awarded the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame Young Achiever award for 2016 by the Indian High Commisioner to NZ.

    She has also been the recipient of two prestigious University of Auckland scholarships for her undergraduate degree and PhD studies; focusing on research into Huntington’s Disease. Malvindar has presented her research at the World Congress of Huntington’s Disease held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, and at the Hereditary Disease Foundation Conference at Boston, Massachusetts in 2014, where she was one of the youngest speakers to give an international platform presentation. Her Huntington’s research has been recently accepted into one of the top five clinical neurology journals in the world, Annals of Neurology; a major accomplishment for a young kiwi researcher. In 2013, Malvindar co-founded, and is the co-chair of, the Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization New Zealand (HDYO-NZ); a registered charity dedicated to support, educate and advocate for young New Zealanders impacted by HD.

    In her spare time, Malvindar focuses on promoting positive brain health awareness amongst young people, and has visited several schools (including Marshal Laing Primary School, Manurewa Intermediate, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Waikowhai Primary School, Waitakere College, Pinehurst School, and Rototuna Primary School, St Kentigern school among many others) over the past six years to help promote the importance of “looking after your brain.” As a kiwi-Indian Sikh female neuroscientist, Malvindar practices “seva”, or service, through advocating brain health awareness in all communities, ranging from Baptist churches to Sikh Gurudwaras; inclusive of all walks of life. She has been invited by the World Council of Sikh Affairs to give a presentation about Brain Health, Brain Anatomy, and Brain Diseases at Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur in Papatoetoe to an audience ranging from 3-83 years of age. Malvindar has also been a speaker at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Hamilton to 200 elderly people as part of the “60+ Continuing Education” programme. Malvindar is a strong advocate for disseminating scientific information to the public, as evidenced by her long list of public engagements including  the Western Leader, Tearaway Magazine, The Northern Advocate, BBC radio, 95bFM radio, Radio New Zealand 9 to noon, and a documentary on TV3 “Both Worlds.”

     

  • 11/03/2017 - 10:00 to 15:00
    Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin North
    Presenter

    Brain Day Dunedin 2017 – Brain Research: Making Headlines

    The Neurological Foundation and the University of Otago are pleased to present a programme of thought-provoking interviews and lecture during Brain Awareness Week 2017.

    10:00am – 11:00am  – Moved by the Mind, Dr Angus McMorland, University of Auckland – Interview with Allan Baddock

    In this interview motor control neurophysiologist Dr McMorland will discuss his research into how the brain controls movement; how movement is impaired in disorders such as stroke, and his investigations into the use of cutting-edge engineering technology to recover movement.

     

    11:00am – 12:00pm – Mind over machines, Dr Calvin Young, University of Otago – Lecture

    Research Calvin Kai Young will explain how we can physically control equipment with our own mind as well as the science behind it, which is enabling us to develop everything from prosthetic limbs to drones that are controlled by the mind.

     

    12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

    Time with community groups and interactive brain displays

     

    1:00pm – 2:00pm – Healthy cognition: Maintaining it as we age, Dr Liana Machado, University of Otago – Interview with Allan Baddock

    In this interview Dr Machado will discuss healthy cognition and how all ages can maintain this through exercise and nutrition.

     

    2:15pm – 3:15pm, Repairing the brain after stroke: Hopeful horizons, Dr Andrew Clarkson, University of Otago – Interview with Allan Baddock

    Dr Clarkson will discuss the wonders of neuroprotection, regeneration and repair mechanisms to improve recovery of function following a stroke and the hope for patients on the horizon.

     

    Various community support groups and the Neurological Foundation will have staff present at information stands during the day.

    No bookings required to attend lectures. Please arrive early to secure your seating.

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  • 02/12/2016 - 18:30 to 20:00
    Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building 12 Grafton Road, 1010
    Presenter

    There has never been a more exciting time in brain research than now. A global effort by clinicians and scientists has brought about an exponential increase in our knowledge of the human brain, and what occurs in the brain in disease and injury. These efforts, combined with innovative new technologies, and a confluence of discoveries, are having a significant impact on the development of treatments for brain disorders.  

    In this exciting FREE public panel discussion event, we bring together five international brain research pioneers from all corners of the world to shed light on their work that is unravelling the mysteries of the human brain. Together, their efforts to move this frontier field forward are shaping a path to a much brighter future for neurological patients and their families.

    Seats are limited, so please book today by clicking here

    Panellists:

    Professor Christopher Shaw (Motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory brain disease)

    Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics at the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at King's College London

    Professor Anne Young (Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases)

    Distinguished Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States

    Professor Hanns Möhler (Pharmacological treatments for brain diseases)

    Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Professor Perry Bartlett (Human brain stem cell research)

    Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

    Professor Richard Faull (Alzheimer’s disease)

    Distinguished Professor of Anatomy, Director of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland and Director, Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank

    This panel discussed will be chaired by Sue Giddens from the Neurological Foundation.

    Date: Friday 2 December 2016

    Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

    Venue: Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building 12 Grafton Road, 1010

    Parking is available on site

    Registrations essential, tickets available here

     

  • 08/11/2016 - 10:00 to 11:00
    Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village, 49 Covent Drive, Stoke, Nelson 7011
    Presenter

    In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to present a national public lecture programme featuring Foundation Medical Advisor Dr Jon Simcock. Dr Simcock’s popular talk, Brain disorders: progress and prospects, has achieved capacity crowds in the Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week and Annual Appeal events programmes in recent years.

    This programme will include lectures at eight of Ryman Healthcare’s villages, and will run from March 2016 through to November.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School Dr Simcock graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 1960, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a neurologist after completing his training at Queens Square, London in 1968. Dr Simcock recently retired from clinical practice but has continued in his long-standing position as the Neurological Foundation’s Medical Advisor.

    Lecture overview: Brain disorders: progress and prospects

    There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body: together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood. In his lecture, Dr Simcock, will speak about the advancement of neurological research and the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders. He will also discuss how the 21st century has introduced exciting new neurological investigation techniques, paving the way for enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Dr Simcock’s talk is interspersed with fascinating anecdotes from his neurology career.   

  • 21/10/2016 - 10:30 to 11:30
    Julia Wallace Retirement Village, 28 Dogwood Way, 4414
    Presenter

    In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to present a national public lecture programme featuring Foundation Medical Advisor Dr Jon Simcock. Dr Simcock’s popular talk, Brain disorders: progress and prospects, has achieved capacity crowds in the Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week and Annual Appeal events programmes in recent years.

    This programme will include lectures at eight of Ryman Healthcare’s villages, and will run from March 2016 through to November.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School Dr Simcock graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 1960, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a neurologist after completing his training at Queens Square, London in 1968. Dr Simcock recently retired from clinical practice but has continued in his long-standing position as the Neurological Foundation’s Medical Advisor.

    Lecture overview: Brain disorders: progress and prospects

    There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body: together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood. In his lecture, Dr Simcock, will speak about the advancement of neurological research and the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders. He will also discuss how the 21st century has introduced exciting new neurological investigation techniques, paving the way for enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Dr Simcock’s talk is interspersed with fascinating anecdotes from his neurology career.   

     

  • 13/10/2016 - 14:00 to 15:00
    Princess Alexandra,145 Battery Rd, Hawke's Bay 4110
    Presenter

    In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to present a national public lecture programme featuring Foundation Medical Advisor Dr Jon Simcock. Dr Simcock’s popular talk, Brain disorders: progress and prospects, has achieved capacity crowds in the Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week and Annual Appeal events programmes in recent years.

    This programme will include lectures at eight of Ryman Healthcare’s villages, and will run from March 2016 through to November.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School Dr Simcock graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 1960, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a neurologist after completing his training at Queens Square, London in 1968. Dr Simcock recently retired from clinical practice but has continued in his long-standing position as the Neurological Foundation’s Medical Advisor.

    Lecture overview: Brain disorders: progress and prospects

    There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body: together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood. In his lecture, Dr Simcock, will speak about the advancement of neurological research and the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders. He will also discuss how the 21st century has introduced exciting new neurological investigation techniques, paving the way for enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Dr Simcock’s talk is interspersed with fascinating anecdotes from his neurology career.   

     

  • 22/09/2016 - 18:30 to 20:00
    La Vida Conference & Community Centre, 34A Hansons Lane, Christchurch
    Presenter

    In this panel discussion chaired by Sue Giddens from the Neurological Foundation, our Christchurch-based neurological experts will provide scientific and clinical perspectives of the transition from normal ageing to pathological ageing, leading to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia, Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. 

    Our panel will answer a wide range of questions including: Is an ageing brain a declining brain? Should we "use it" or lose it? What are the risk factors for brain disease as we age? What are the real future possibilities in brain reserach? What are these buzz words 'proteins', 'stem cells' and 'biomarkers'? Could we one day stop Alzheimer's disease in its tracks?

    A Q & A segment will feature for the public at the conclusion of the panel's discussion.

    Registrations essential, please click here to register

  • 08/09/2016 - 10:00 to 11:00
    Malvina Major Retirement Village, 134 Burma Road, Khandallah, Wellington 6037
    Presenter

    In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to present a national public lecture programme featuring Foundation Medical Advisor Dr Jon Simcock. Dr Simcock’s popular talk, Brain disorders: progress and prospects, has achieved capacity crowds in the Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week and Annual Appeal events programmes in recent years.

    This programme will include lectures at eight of Ryman Healthcare’s villages, and will run from March 2016 through to November.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School Dr Simcock graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 1960, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a neurologist after completing his training at Queens Square, London in 1968. Dr Simcock recently retired from clinical practice but has continued in his long-standing position as the Neurological Foundation’s Medical Advisor.

    Lecture overview: Brain disorders: progress and prospects

    There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body: together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood. In his lecture, Dr Simcock, will speak about the advancement of neurological research and the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders. He will also discuss how the 21st century has introduced exciting new neurological investigation techniques, paving the way for enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Dr Simcock’s talk is interspersed with fascinating anecdotes from his neurology career.   

  • 08/07/2016 - 14:00 to 15:00
    Rowena Jackson Retirement Village, 40 O'Byrne Street North, Waikiwi, Invercargill 9810
    Presenter

    In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to present a national public lecture programme featuring Foundation Medical Advisor Dr Jon Simcock. Dr Simcock’s popular talk, Brain disorders: progress and prospects, has achieved capacity crowds in the Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week and Annual Appeal events programmes in recent years.

    This programme will include lectures at eight of Ryman Healthcare’s villages, and will run from March 2016 through to November.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School Dr Simcock graduated from the Otago School of Medicine in 1960, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a neurologist after completing his training at Queens Square, London in 1968. Dr Simcock recently retired from clinical practice but has continued in his long-standing position as the Neurological Foundation’s Medical Advisor.

    Lecture overview: Brain disorders: progress and prospects

    There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body: together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood. In his lecture, Dr Simcock, will speak about the advancement of neurological research and the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders. He will also discuss how the 21st century has introduced exciting new neurological investigation techniques, paving the way for enhanced diagnosis and treatment. Dr Simcock’s talk is interspersed with fascinating anecdotes from his neurology career.   

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