Press Releases

  • Neurological Foundation

    8 July, 2007

    What would you consider our society's most serious health problem - cancer, heart disease, HIV/Aids? In fact, brain disorders hold top place. Currently they affect as many as a billion people worldwide , that is, one thousand million people, almost a sixth of the world's total population and 25 times more people than the 39.5 million estimated to be infected with HIV/Aids.

  • Neurological Foundation

    4 July, 2007

    It's Annual Appeal Week!

    This year’s Appeal marks an outstanding 20-year association between the Neurological Foundation and MITRE 10, our Annual Appeal campaign sponsor. Since 1991, MITRE 10 has contributed over $1 million to the production of our Appeal. Without this sponsorship, the Foundation could simply not facilitate the campaign.

    A BIG THANKS to MITRE 10 and their staff around the country!


    Sunday 3 July to Saturday 9 July

  • Neurological Foundation

    3 May, 2006

    University of Auckland neuroscientists have made a significant breakthrough using adult stem cell transplantation that holds promise for the future treatment of Huntington's disease.

    The study, funded by the Neurological Foundation,and about be published in the science journal Experimental Neurology, is the first time that a viable number of adult stem cells had survived transplantation and replaced those in the brain destroyed by Huntington's disease.

  • Neurological Foundation

    5 July, 2005

    A grant from the Neurological Foundation will enable University of Auckland scientists to continue their quest for a viable treatment for Huntington's Disease, a rare inherited brain disorder.

    The $70,000 grant to researchers headed by Bronwen Connor at the university's Department of Pharmacology is one of nine totalling more than $501,000 announced by the Neurological Foundation last week. Medical research funding is the major focus of the Foundation which is almost totally funded by individual New Zealanders, with over 95% of its funds coming from donations and bequests.

  • Neurological Foundation

    3 March, 2005

    Mandyam Srinivasan from Australian National University in Canberra will speaking about his work on honeybee vision, communication and cognition which is both fascinating and exceptional. This event is co-hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland Neuroscience Network and will take place next Friday, 10 March 2005 at 1pm in the Lewis Lecture Theatre in the Health Sciences Building on the Grafton campus.

  • Neurological Foundation

    University of Auckland neuroscientist have traced the pathway adult neural stem cells travel along to repair the human brain, opening up an exciting new field of research that could potentially lead to treatments for many brain disorders.

    New Zealand and Swedish neuroscientists have traced the pathway adult neural stem cells travel along to repair the human brain, opening up an exciting new field of research that could potentially lead to treatments for many brain disorders.

  • Dr Jon Simcock

    Infectious diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) are well known to everyone. Infections with parasites ( e.g. hydatid disease of the brain, malaria), bacteria (e.g. meningococcus) and viruses ( e.g. herpes virus encephalitis, poliomyelitis) are common knowledge, but a peculiar infectious agent, prion protein, is generally known only in relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow disease”). While infections of humans by prion proteins are uncommon, they are of intense interest, with two Nobel prizes awarded for research in this area.

  • Neurological Foundation

    Professor Richard Faull will hold talks in Timaru on Thursday September 11 and in Nelson on Friday September 12

    Professor Richard Faull ONZM FRSNZ
    Rutherford Medallist 2007


    The Marvels of the Human Brain

  • Neurological Foundation

    (This article is based on material supplied by the US Government National Institutes of Health).

  • Neurological Foundation

    HRC's Liley Medal awarded for work on neurodevelopmental risk in preterm infants.

    Predicting neurodevelopmental risk in children born very premature has earned Associate Professor Lianne Woodward from the University of Canterbury the HRC's prestigious Liley Medal for health research.

    The medal was presented to Associate Professor Woodward at the New Zealand Science Honours dinner held on 15 November 2006 by Lady Margaret Liley and assisted by Dr John Hay, Deputy Chair of the HRC Board.