Join us for an all-day event at the Otago Museum that brings together community groups and members of the public who are interested in or have a neurological condition or know a friend or whanau member living with a neurological condition. In collaboration with Brain Research New Zealand, the University of Otago, and the Otago Museum, we will be hosting four-day time events featuring an assortment of topics alongside a public community outreach expo.
10.00am: Associate Professor Liana Machado
Associate Professor Liana Machado is a teacher at the University of Otago since 2003. Her primary areas of expertise are neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. She will be presenting on her research conducted in her laboratory which investigates the mechanisms and machinery underlying healthy brain functions and the cognitive deficits that emerge as a result of brain disease and healthy aging.
11.15am: Dr Indranil Basak
Dr Indranil Basak is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago. He works with Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes on a childhood brain disease. Indranil moved to New Zealand in June 2018, after completing his first postdoctoral work at the University of Utah, USA. Dr Basak will speak about his previous experience in Parkinson's disease and his current work in a childhood brain disease called Batten disease.
1.15pm: Dr Shakila Rizwan
Dr Shakila Rizwan is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, with a special interest in the development of novel delivery systems that can target drugs to the brain. She will be speaking about some of the challenges of getting drugs into the brain and how her research is trying address these challenges.
2.30pm: Dr Ailsa McGregor
Dr Ailsa McGregor is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy and Head of the Translational Neuroscience Lab at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago. She is a Principle Investigator in the Brain Health Research Centre and Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Dr McGregor will discuss her research focus which is a possible clinical endpoint treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, neuroprotection and regeneration.
Registration is not required for the event, although seating is limited for the talks and it will be on a first come first serve basis.
Street parking is available surrounding the Otago Museum.
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