Understanding Autism and Learning Differences Event as iCalendar

14 March 2019

6 - 8:30pm

Venue: AMRF Theatre, Ground Floor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Location: Grafton Campus

Host: Centre for Brain Research

Cost: Free. Reserve tickets through Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/brain-awareness-month-understanding-autism-and-learning-differences-tickets-55194584488

Contact email: sarah.j.evans@auckland.ac.nz

Website: www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/brain-awareness-month-understanding-autism-and-learning-differences-tickets-55194584488

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Understanding Autism and Learning Differences

Come along and join the panel discussion on Autism and Learning Differences, part of the Brain Awareness Month programme presented by the Centre for Brain Research partnering with the Neurological Foundation.

Find out about other Brain Awareness Month events being hosted during March. 

If you'd like to submit a question for our panel before the event please email it to: sarah.j.evans@auckland.ac.nz



Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery
Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery is Principal Investigator of the Synaptic Function Research Group in the Department of Physiology and Centre for Brain Research. She gained her PhD in Physiology at Otago University, followed by postdoctoral training at Stanford University, USA. Her laboratory combines electrophysiology, molecular biology and imaging techniques to investigate how changes in synapse function underlie developmental and neurodegenerative disorders in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Specifically, her research has a major focus on the underpinnings of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington's Disease, as well as cardiac arrhythmias. Her research is supported by funding from the Marsden Fund, Health Research Council, Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Neurological Foundation, Freemasons Foundation, and Brain Research New Zealand. In 2018 she was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the Physiological Society of New Zealand.
Associate Professor Karen Waldie
Associate Professor Karen Waldie’s research covers a broad, but interconnected, range of topics within the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in the development of cognitive subsystems within the brain, including language, attention and gene-environment interactions. Of particular interest is atypical functioning of these subsystems in the case of neurodevelopmental disorders, problem behaviour and mental health.  
Dr Jessie Jacobsen
Dr Jessie Jacobsen is a Rutherford Discovey Fellow and Senior Lecturer with an interest in the genetics underlying human conditions and their biological interpretation. She was repatriated from the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School in the USA in 2012 to help establish a genetic research programme for autism spectrum disorder and other rare neurodevelopmental conditions in New Zealand. Dr Jacobsen was a former MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year & Auckland University Young Alumna of the Year and was Co-founder of the Minds for Minds autism research network.
Dr Rosamund Hill 
Dr Rosamund Hill is a a neurologist  working at Auckland City Hospital and in private practice with a passion for understanding the ASD condition. She has a son with severe autism. 

Doors will open at 6pm. Panel discussion at 6.30-7.30pm. Refreshments served afterwards in the Atrium.

Tickets through Eventbrite. Please make sure you reserve your free tickets through Eventbrite to avoid disappointment and so that we can ensure we have catering for all guests.  Please note this event is now full, however, you can register to go on the waiting list through Eventbrite.



Map directions

Getting here:

The front entrance of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is located at 85 Park Rd, Grafton. Opposite is Auckland Hospital and the front entrance to the Domain. For those who require wheelchair or mobility access, we have limited parking available. Please contact sarah.j.evans@auckland.ac.nz to reserve.