Visiting Seelye Fellow seminar series Event as iCalendar

05 October 2016 - 07 October 2016

Venue: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Host: Dr Hinemoa Elder

Cost: Free

Contact info: Mirelle Powell

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Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla

Meet our Visiting Seelye Fellow

The Centre for Brain Research and Brain Research New Zealand are extremely excited to be co-hosting the visit of Seelye Fellow Dr Juan Carlos Araugo-Lasprilla and facilitating a series of seminars and the public lecture: “Short and long term functional, cognitive and neuro-behavioural outcomes in individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury”

Ikerbasque Research Professor Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla is a Traumatic Brain Injury expert well-known in the US and abroad. He is the cultural competency coordinator for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's (NIDRR) Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems and co-director for the NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program.

Dr Arango-Lasprilla obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain in 2002 and he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory at the Kessler Medical and Rehabilitation Research Center.

He became an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of PM&R at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr Arango-Lasprilla has been awarded numerous accolades for his work in the area of brain injury and cultural issues and has secured approximately $5 million dollars in grant funds, focused on work with culturally diverse populations.

He has been a guest editor for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation special issue: “Cultural Issues Related to Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Research and New Frontiers” and “The role of race/ethnicity on outcomes after central nervous system injury” of the journal NeuroRehabilitation.

Over the past six years, Dr Arango-Lasprilla has conducted numerous research studies in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and the US focused on understanding and addressing the psychological, emotional, and family needs of individuals with brain injury.

He received the American Psychological Association Presidential Latino Leadership Early Career Award in 2005 and the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey Founder's Award and the Colombian Psychological Society Excellence in Research Award in 2006, among others.


Seminars and Public Lectures 

Community Groups Seminar"Everything you wanted to know about sexuality after brain injury but were afraid to ask" 

Wednesday 5 October, 12.30-2.30pm, Room 501-505

CBR Seminar - "Cognitive changes in the preclinical phase of familial Alzheimer’s disease" 

Thursday 6 October, 10.30-11.30am, Room 501-505

FMHS Seminar - "Improving learning and memory in individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury"

Thursday 6 October, 12.30-2pm, Room 501-505

Emerging Scientists Meet & Greet  - "How to get your research published"

Friday 7 October, 1-3pm, Room 501-505

Public Lecture - "Short and long term functional, cognitive and neuro-behavioural outcomes in individuals with TBI " 

Friday 7 October, 6-7.30pm, AMRF Lecture Theatre. To attend this public lecture, rsvp here


If you'd like to attend to any of these fascinating seminars, rsvp now via email to Mirelle Powell.