Is it possible that the same mechanisms that contribute to normal brain functions such as learning and memory can also be used to recover from brain injury and to fight brain disease?
Join us for an evening with Professor Cliff Abraham, co-director of Brain Research NZ as he discusses on his research into brain plasticity and memory. Professor Abraham’s lab team and colleagues at Otago University and elsewhere have been undertaking basic neuroscience research in an attempt to understand the mechanisms of memory storage, with the aim and hope that understanding these normal mechanisms will provide insights into what goes wrong in memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and how to treat them.
It is intriguing to think that societies may be already self-medicating to enhance brain resilience and cognitive reserve.
There will be an audience Q&A after Professor Abraham has given his presentation with an hour long reception after for you to mix and mingle with fellow supporters and brain enthusiasts.
- Doors will open at 6.00pm with the event starting promptly at 6.30pm.
- Registration for a free ticket is necessary prior to the event
Professor Cliff Abraham
Professor Cliff Abraham, co-director of Brain Research NZ – Ranghau Roro Aotearoa has research interest in neural mechanisms of memory. He has played a leading role in promoting neuroscience research and teaching at the University of Otago, and has promoted neuroscience at a national level by serving as chair of the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, New Zealand’s annual neuroscience meeting in Queenstown, for 12 years. In 1997 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2007 was awarded a James Cook Fellowship. Currently he is Co-Director of Brain Research NZ - Ranghau Roro Aotearoa, and is Director of a major HRC-funded research programme investigating biomarkers and therapeutic agents for Alzheimer’s Disease.
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