23 February 2016 |

Register your interest

Dear Colleagues,

Plasticity of the Brain and Mind is this year's APRU Conference theme. Hosted by the University of Auckland's Centre for Brain Research and held in the stunning country of New Zealand, Brain and Mind Research (BMAP) 2016 will be taking place from the 23rd to 25th of August. The opening ceremony will take place on the 23rd of August, from 6-9pm.

This year's topics include;

  • Molecular neurobiology
  • Genetics and neuroimaging
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Clinical neuroscience
  • Sensory neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience

At this time, the organizing committee is receiving expressions of interest to secure your place at this year’s conference to hear our exciting line-up of keynote speakers. Click here to register your interest and our team will keep you updated and invite you to sign-up once our registration site is up and running.

BMAP has been timed to allow delegates to also attend the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research 2016  in Queenstown New Zealand on August 27-31st.



We look forward to seeing you in New Zealand!

Your hosts,


Associate Professor Maurice Curtis and Distinguished Professor Richard Faull

Centre for Brain Research


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Internationally renowned speakers


Hosted by Associate Professor Maurice Curtis, This year's BMAP has keynote speakers from centers of research excellence in Europe and the U.S. 

Profesor Peter Mombaerts

Professor Mombaerts is the Director of the Department of Molecular Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, and works on the neurobiology of olfaction. His research interests include how each olfactory sensory neuron manages to express just one gene from a repertoire of 1,200 genes.

Associate Professor Stephen Back

Associate Professor Back is an expert in Pediatrics and Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. He studies the cell and molecular neurobiology,  and human pathology,  involved in hypoxia-ischemia using cerebral blood flow measurement and definition of chronic lesions by high field MRI. On-going studies focus on the mechanisms of regeneration and repair in chronic white matter injury and the causes of myelination failure.

Professor Stuart Firestein

Professor Firestein is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his laboratory is researching the vertebrate olfactory receptor neuron.

Professor Charles Greer

Dr Greer is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Yale University, he studies the mechanisms mediating the complex pathfinding and synaptogenesis of axons and dendrites during early development and how those mechanisms may degrade during ageing.

Dr Leonardo Belluscio

Dr Belluscio is a senior investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). His current research interests include using molecular and functional techniques to study olfactory neural plasticity associated with circuit development and its repair following disruption.

Associate Professor Paul Corbalis

Associate Professor Corbalis  is a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in visual perception, attention, and cognition. His research incorporates psychophysical, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological approaches to study human visual perception, attention, and awareness. Topics include target selection and distractor suppression in visual search, the functional organisation of the cortical visual system, and the interaction between attention and emotion in young and ageing populations.

Dr Justin Dean

Dr Dean is a developmental neurophysiologist based in the School of Medicine and the University of Auckland, where he has leds the Developmental Brain Injury Lab since 2012. 

His research uses physiology, cellular and molecular approaches to understand the events controlling normal brain development, and how brain development can be altered by events in utero and around the time of birth. He has a particular focus on understanding the development of brain injury infants born prematurely, which can results in cerebral palsy and long-term problems with learning and memory. 

Professor Alistair Gunn

Professor Gunn is a paediatrician-scientist who has conducted groundbreaking basic research into ways of identifying compromised fetuses in labour, the mechanisms and treatment of asphyxial brain injury and the mechanisms of life threatening events in infancy. 

Professor Gunn has helped to develop a range of new, clinically relevant chronically instrumented fetal sheep paradigms to support translation of the team’s findings to clinical practice. His research helped to establish mild cooling as the first ever technique to reduce brain injury due to low oxygen levels at birth


Olfactory Mini-Symposium


As a part of the BMAP symposium on plasticity of the brain and mind, the program will include a mini symposium focussed on olfaction.

The olfactory system contains valuable lessons in cell connectivity, specialisation, brain plasticity and for survival. In addition the olfactory system is affected first and most severely in some degenerative diseases. Understanding more about the normal and dysfunctional olfactory system may be important for early disease prevention strategies.

The line up of speakers for this symposium is truly world class and this session is not to be missed. We welcome your participation by presenting a poster or possibly an oral presentation.

Visit Queenstown and attend the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research


BMAP has been timed to allow delegates to also attend the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research 2016  in Queenstown New Zealand on August 27-31st.

With the stunning winter wonderland that is Queenstown, New Zealand as backfrop, each year the conference attracts participants from Australia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North America. All participants are encouraged to present a paper and the hosts will generate symposia to accommodate papers as necessary. The main purpose of this event is to encourage interaction between a wide range of academic and clinical brain research disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, kinesiology, neural modelling, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, and psychology. 

The deadline for abstract submission and Early-Bird registration is Friday 8 July, after which the Standard registration fee applies. Abstracts will be accepted only if accompanied by the appropriate registration fee, which covers entry to all scientific sessions of AWCBR.

A major strength of AWCBR is the broad range of topics covered and the general interest of participants in the wide diversity of papers. Should you wish to organise a symposium on a topic of your interest, please contact AWCBR as soon as possible.

Standard registrations will be accepted up to 15 August.

Dates: 27-31 August 2016

Website: AWCBR

Venue: Queenstown, New Zealand

How to get there: Air New Zealand

Bookings and inquiries: Email organisers

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