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.
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
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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.
Adrienne Kohler, communications manager for the Neurological Foundation and Dr Bronwen Connor, an Associate Professor in Pharmacology and head of the Neural Repair and Neurogenesis laboratory at the University of Auckland appeared on Media 7 to discuss media coverage of stem cell treatments clincs.
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