Centre for Brain Research

Brain Awareness Week 2016

Working together to improve lives


Brain Day 2016 Your Amazing Brain: an interactive expo

This fun, engaging and informative day of neuroscience includes a full-to-bursting programme of brain research findings and brain health workshops, discussion groups and talks, engagement activities with community groups, interactive research labs and fun activities for all ages – including science experiments for children. 

Brain Day is part of Brain Awareness Week, an annual international campaign initiated by the Dana Foundation of New York, to raise public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. In New Zealand, the Neurological Foundation has been supporting these events for 11 years!

This time around, our Centre has prepared even more engaging activities for everyone to enjoy. There will be a bouncy castle, microscope viewing and art projects for the youngest members of the family and a Kids Brain Zone which will host dynamic activities for school-aged children. This is an area not to be missed! Relax as you witness our youngest scientists from nutrition/dietetics, sports science, audiology, music and dance, take your kids through an array of entertaining and educational games and tasks.

For adults, we've prepared a series of discussion panels and talks that cover most matters concerning the human brain; both healthy and afflicted. The healthy brain includes interactive talks about memory, cognition, nutrition, development, exercise and robotics in neuroscience. For those who are affected - directly or indirectly - by neurological disease, we will be hosting discussion panels of multiple sclerosis, music therapy, stroke in younger adults and living with brain injury among others.

The Centre for Brain Research acknowledges the support of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) and many other community organisations and volunteers whose contributions make this event bigger and better each year.


When: Saturday 12 March 2016  9am-3pm 

Where: The University of Auckland Tamaki Innovation Campus - 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland.

Contact: f.favero@auckland.ac.nz

Website: www.brainweek.co.nz

E-newsletters: 24 February 2016





Brain research panel discussions 2016

The format for this years' Brain Awareness Week has changed in order to cater to a wider group of people, with particular interests, who would prefer longer and more in-depth discussion panels. This is why, the week immediately after Brain Day, we will be facilitating three multi-disciplinary talks; The Young Brain, The Creative Brain and The Changing Brain.

Hosted by clinicians and neuroscientists from the Centre for Brain Research, the University of Auckland and Auckland City Hospital, these discussion panels will keep you up to date on the latest scientific discoveries, treatments and therapies for developing, imaginative and ageing brains.

The Neurological Foundation’s dedicated Brain Awareness Week website www.brainweek.co.nz features more indepth information about each event, including speaker bios and research interests, all lecture, workshop and panel discussion overviews, event dates and times and venue details.


Venue: Auckland Grammar School - Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland.

Contact: admin@neurological.org.nz

Phone: 0508 BRAINS (0508 272 467) 

Website: www.brainweek.co.nz


*See table for dates and topics. 


Tuesday 15 March

Auckland Grammar School Centennial Theatre


The Young Brain

Chaired by Dr Jessie Jacobsen, School of Biological Sciences.

Discussion panel: Associate Professor Karen Waldie, Dr Colette Muir and Dr Justin Dean.


Wednesday 16 March

Auckland Grammar School Centennial Theatre


The Creative Brain

Chaired by Associate Professor Ralph Buck, School of Dance.  

Discussion panel: Professor Donna Rose Addis, Professor Michael Corballis and Auckland City Hospital Head of Neurosurgery Mr Edward Mee.


Thursday 17 March 

Auckland Grammar School Centennial Theatre


The Changing Brain

Chaired by Associate Professor Cathy Stinear, School of Medicine.

Discussion panel: Dr Melanie Cheung, Professor Peter Thorne and Dr Clare McCann.


The Young Brain 15/03/16
(2.8 MB, PDF)





  • Timetable

    Come along to Brain Day and hear our scientific, clinical, and community experts speaking around the theme 'Your Amazing Brain: an interactive expo'

  • Community Expo

    Community groups and non-governmental organisations which work with the Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation will join us on Brain Day to provide information on a variety of brain disorders.

  • What is Brain Day?

    Watch our video highlighting the exciting events from an earlier Brain Day.





Audio Recordings