Previous Events

  • 17/03/2018 - 10:00 to 14:30
    La Vida Conference & Community Centre, 34A Hansons Lane, Christchurch

    Brain Day Christchurch: Brain Research: The local talent

    The Neurological Foundation are proud to present Brain Day Christchurch, a day full of thought provoking lectures, access to local community groups, fun activities for the kids and lots more.

    Join us for this free event on Saturday 17th March at the La Vida Centre.

    No bookings required to attend lectures. Please arrive early to secure your seat. FREE parking available on site.

    10am – 11am

    Professor John Dalrymple-Alford

    Resilience, Healthy ageing and Dementia

    John Dalrymple-Alford is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. He is also part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute in central Christchurch. He pursues two related areas of research, in basic and clinical neuroscience. His basic neuroscience research focuses on the neural basis of memory and, along with his Neurology colleague, Professor Tim Anderson, also lead a team of clinical neuroscience researchers who focus on human degenerative disorders, including both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In this lecture Professor Dalrymple-Alford will be discussing how we can age in a health way and how to keep your brain resilient.

    11am – 12pm

    Dr Teddy Wu

    Stroke Recovery: Hopeful Horizons

    Dr Wu began his neurology advanced training in December 2010 and completed his core neurology requirements at the end of 2013. Stroke treatment became his subspecialty area and this lead to Dr Wu going to Melbourne University to carry out his PhD to further his stroke treatment research. Dr Wu moved back to Christchurch in 2017 and continues to enhance care of stroke patients. In this lecture Dr Wu will discuss his career so far, including the incredible results being achieved in Christchurch hospital and what the future looks like.

    12pm – 1pm


    Time with the community groups, kid’s activities and interactive displays.

    1pm – 2pm

    Dr Tracy Melzer

    Dr Tracy Melzer is MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Research Manager at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute (NZBRI) in Christchurch. He works within the Parkinson’s disease research group that has recruited one of the world’s largest single-centre cohorts of well-characterised Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with MRI data. In this lecture, Dr Melzer will be discussing his exciting research including the role he has in the longitudinal study and what the future holds for this study and for neuroimaging.

  • 12/03/2018 - 10:00 to 11:00
    Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown

    Dr Clarkson has been blazing a neurological research trail since he was awarded the Neurological Foundation Philip Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006. This work took him offshore for a few years, to UCLA, before a Neurological Foundation Repatriation Fellowship returned him home to a senior research role at University of Otago in 2010. Dr Clarkson’s background is pharmacology and he moved into stroke recovery research following his PHD.

    Stroke is a major cause of serious adult disability in New Zealand and 75 percent of stroke victims are over 65. Dr Clarkson’s research is vital for our growing ageing population’s future brain health.

    In this lecture 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.

    Lecture 10:00am - 11:00am followed by Q&A.

    For further information please visit our Brain Week website by clicking here.

  • 10/03/2018 - 10:00 to 16:30
    Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin North
  • 28/02/2018 - 09:00 to 17:00
  • 20/02/2018 - 18:00 to 19:00
    Auckland Art Gallery, Auditorium, clock tower entrance

    Lecturer/Researcher, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, Associate Professor Cathy Stinear is an applied clinical neuroscientist. Her work focuses on translating neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. She is the Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Medicine, and the Director of the Brain Research Clinic at the Centre for Brain Research.

    Where does creativity happen in the brain? What’s different about the brains of gifted artists and scientists? Can you train your brain to more creative? Neuroscience is beginning to answer these questions. Come and hear what neuroscience can tell us about creativity and the brain.Where does creativity happen in the brain? What’s different about the brains of gifted artists and scientists? Can you train your brain to more creative? Neuroscience is beginning to answer these questions. Come and hear what neuroscience can tell us about creativity and the brain.

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

    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

    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

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

    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.


    Please click here to register for this event



    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

    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.

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

    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


    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

    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.