Previous Events

  • 19/11/2015 - 18:30 to 20:00
    St Chad's Church Meadowbank, 38 St John's Road, St John's, Auckland

    Seven years on from the establishment of the Neurological Foundation Chair of Clinical Neurology position at the University of Auckland, the neurological research environment in New Zealand has progressed dramatically. Professor Alan Barber, who holds the Chair position, has influenced much of this progress, particularly in the area of stroke research.

    In this FREE public event, Sue Giddens of the Neurological Foundation will interview Professor Barber, reviewing his team's remarkable work to date, and exploring the exciting developments that will improve patient outcomes in the future.

    Registration essential, to get your FREE tickets please go to

    Date: Thursday 19 November 2015

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Venue: St Chads Church

    38 St Johns Road


    Auckland 1072

  • 28/10/2015 - 17:30 to 19:00
    Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, 362 Leith St Dunedin, 9016

    Professor Jeff Lichtman, professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University presents this lecture on mapping the brains wiring down to the level of single connections.

    Castle 1 Lecture theatre is close to the central library at the University.


  • 09/10/2015 - 10:30 to 11:30
    Rangiora Baptist Church, 111 East Belt, Ranigora 7400

    Leading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease authority Professor Tim Anderson has extensive experience in the neurology, differential diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative and movement disorders. In this lecture, Professor Anderson will outline recent exciting discoveries in these fields, and the hope that current research provides for the future.

    Professor Tim Anderson is the Clinical Director at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute and holds the Van der Veer Chair in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Otago, Christchurch. Professor Anderson has various clinical and research collaborations with other health professionals and research colleagues, both across New Zealand and around the world. The Neurological Foundation has funded many research projects undertaken by Professor Anderson and other key researchers at the NZ Brain Research Institute, particularly in relation to Parkinson's disease.   




  • 19/09/2015 - 18:00 to 19:30
    New Plymouth Boys' High School, 107 Coronation Avenue, Welbourn, New Plymouth 4310

    As a University of Otago student forty years ago, Richard Faull fell in love with the brain and began a journey of discovery that has changed the way the scientific world tackles neurological disease.

    Distinguished Professor Richard Faull ONZM, FRSNZ is now New Zealand’s top brain scientist. He is Director of the Centre for Brain Research at The University of Auckland, leading a 300-strong team of researchers, and is recognised internationally as a leading expert on neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain. He collaborates with scientists in every corner of the globe.

    During his 40-year career, Professor Faull has made major contributions to scientists’ understanding of changes that occur in the brains of people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, and disorders such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, opening the way for the development of new treatments. He is perhaps best known for his research demonstrating that the adult brain contains stem cells. This groundbreaking work countered the long-held belief that adults have a finite supply of brain cells that cannot be replaced once they have died, and offers hope to people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and those with brain injury.

    One in five New Zealanders will be affected by a neurological disorder in their lifetime. In his talk, Professor Faull will outline the remarkable progress of brain research here in New Zealand, and the prospects for the development of future treatments.

    “Without dreams, science is nothing”. 




  • 20/08/2015 - 18:00 to 19:30
    St Chad's Church Meadowbank, 38 St John's Road, St John's, Auckland

    Join us for a special lecture featuring Dr David Oliver, Visiting Honorary Reader from the University of Kent, and University of Auckland Aotearoa Research Fellow Dr Emma Scotter, as they take us on a journey from developments in MND patient care through to new prospects in brain research.   

  • 02/07/2015 - 19:00 to 20:30
    Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Corner St Stephens Ave & Parnell Rd Parnell


    The brain research environment in New Zealand is innovative and pioneering. Our leading scientists, clinicians and the community have driven the progress of this environment towards better outcomes for neurological patients.

    At this FREE public event, broadcaster Jim Mora will review this remarkable progress with three change-makers from the brain research world – and showcase the promising work being carried out today. With neuroscientist Mandana Ghodratipour playing a piano recital from 6.30pm

    To register for tickets please go to and click the link to register.



    Broadcaster Jim Mora



    Neurological Foundation Executive Director Max Ritchie


    Distinguished Professor Richard Faull, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland


    Dr Barry Snow, leading New Zealand neurologist and Parkinson’s disease clinician and researcher 



    0508 BRAINS (0508 272 467)


  • 28/03/2015 - 09:00 to 16:00
    The University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

    Your Brain, your life!


    Your brain, your life: featuring a programme of fascinating public lectures and workshops presented by leading neurological scientists and clinicians. Each lecture will provide insights into brain development and health through the ages.


    Brain Day Brochure

    A journey through the lifespan

    Your life – all of it, every minute – is experienced, processed, remembered and filtered, by your brain. Eating, sleeping, seeing,
    hearing, driving, dreaming, relating, loving – how do you manage it all, day after day? Come along to Brain Day 2015 to learn more about your brain’s astonishing capacity, the way it changes through the lifespan, and the steps we can all take to maintain a healthy brain.
    Our presenters are all experts in their fields, and will share their knowledge of the brain and how to care for it from a wide variety of perspectives, ranging from the research at the genetic and cellular levels, through novel treatments and therapies, to clinical and diagnostic conundrums, to prediction, prevention, and future-planning for an ageing population.
    Brain Day is a free public event organised by the Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand. We aim to provide information on a range of brain disorders which may affect people at any stage during their lives, along with the latest research developments and information on the potential benefits these discoveries could have for those living with neurological disorders and their families.

    Activities and displays
    As you tour around the event, you will discover many opportunities to engage with science as it relates to the brain,
    from interactive demonstrations to simple science experiments, to live performances and information displays staffed by the Centre for Brain Research’s community partners – even a book signing!

    • Science lab displays and demonstrations
    • Brain anatomy demonstrations
    • Community group expo
    • Child-focused learning opportunities
    • CeleBRation Choir performance


  • 20/03/2015 - 14:00 to 15:00
    Forum North, 7 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

    This is a FREE public event brought you by the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand as part of Brain Awareness Week. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a presentations from leading New Zealand neuroscientists and clinicians who provide updates of their incredible work in the laboratory and clinic.


    KEY SPEAKER: Angela Caughey: Dealing Daily with Dementia

    Angela Caughey was born in Auckland where she still lives today. She survived being the youngest of five children, played several sports to representative level, was a bookworm, married, raised a family and broke in farm land to create a garden and tennis court, and worked in community education before she did an extra-mural BEd degree at Massey University. This taught her how to organise her mind and resulted in the publication of her first book: An Auckland Network. Three more books involving New Zealand history followed, written while she was caring for her husband who had developed Lewy body dementia. Dealing Daily with Dementia is the result of those years. Already in its second print run with a German edition published and other translations pending, Angela’s popular book contains over 2,000 very practical hints for carers looking after people with dementia, and many amusing and sobering accounts from those carers.

    In this talk, Angela will share hints, strategies and anecdotes from her book, and open the door for carers and dementia patients to take an easier journey through their years together.

    Interviews with Angela have appeared in the New Zealand Listener and in local press, and since the launch of Dealing Daily with Dementia in August 2013, she has presented over 40 public talks around New Zealand.

    Please arrive early to secure your seat, and join us for afternoon tea after Angela’s talk.

    • No bookings required
    • Parking on-site
    • Please arrive early to secure your seating
  • 14/03/2015 - 10:00 to 15:30
    Otago Museum

    Brain Day Dunedin is a FREE public event brought you by the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand as part of Brain Awareness Week. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a programme of presentations from leading New Zealand neuroscientists and clinicians who provide updates of their incredible work in the laboratory and clinic.

    Please find the schedule for Brain Awareness Week in Dunedin below:

    Brain Awareness Week Flyer

    Please join us for an exciting programme of key speakers and discussions (see schedule below) on Saturday 14th March!

     Bright Young Things

    Our future brain research leaders share the wonder of science

    10.00am – 11.00am: Panel discussion: The future promise of genetic tricks

    Featuring Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie (University of Otago), Dr Jessie Jacobsen (University of Auckland and Mandana Ghodratipour (University of Auckland)

    Chaired by Sue Giddens, General Manager of the Neurological Foundation

    Alterations in our genes are responsible for an estimated 5000 hereditary diseases including neurological disorders such as Huntington’s disease and familial Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. New discoveries in genetic research are occurring at an unprecedented pace. This panel discussion will outline the promising neurological gene-focused research being undertaken in New Zealand, and the remarkable technologies helping to pave the way to future treatments.


    11.30am – 12.30pm: Panel discussion: Inside the brain: mapping the progress of technology

    Featuring Dr Tracy Melzer (University of Otago) and Dr Rebekah Blakemore (University of Otago)

    Chaired by Sue Giddens, Neurological Foundation Deputy Executive Director

    From an innovative research environment to the clinical setting of one of New Zealand’s longest serving neurologists, this discussion will trace the phenomenal progress of neuroimaging (the fancy name for brain scanning) and its significant contribution to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.


    1.00pm – 1.30pm BREAK: The Museum café will be open. Order a delicious coffee then wander through the community groups stand area and view the plastinated brain display.

    1:30pm – 1:45pm – Reading from Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia by Neurological Foundation donor

    1:45pm – 2:00pm – Interlude: piano recital by Mandana Ghodratipour


    2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel discussion: From molecules to memory: mindboggling possibilities

    Featuring Dr Owen Jones (University of Otago), Dr Lisa Smith (University of Otago) and Dr Karl Iremonger (University of Otago)

    Chaired by Sue Giddens, Neurological Foundation Deputy Executive Director

    Recent advances in molecular biological research have allowed a significantly greater understanding of the complex processes involved in brain disease. This discussion will explore these advances and the mindboggling possibilities illuminating the future work of our emerging University of Otago researchers.

  • 09/03/2015 - 10:00 to 12:00
    Mezzanine function room, Queenstown Event Centre, Frankton

    New Zealand’s first Professor in Neurosurgery began his five-year tenure as Otago’s inaugural Neurological Foundation Professor of Neurosurgery in February 2013. Formerly a neurosurgeon at Belgium’s Antwerp University Hospital, where he founded and directed a brain and tinnitus research centre, Professor Dirk De Ridder’s time is now divided evenly between emergency and elective neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital and research at the University of Otago, bridging different departments.

    After two industrious years in the Chair position, Professor De Ridder has made significant moves on all three domains of research he hoped to target when he came to New Zealand.

    In this free public lecture, the “People’s Professor” will outline the progress of this research and discuss how establishing New Zealand’s first academic neurosurgery unit is making a difference to the community that championed it.

    • No bookings required to attend this lecture
    • Please arrive early to secure seating
    • Morning tea will be served at 11 am