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CBR news in 2009

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Dec 21st 2009

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Funding boost for projects at CBR

Dec 9th 2009
The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand has awarded nearly one third of its 2009 funding round to scientists at the Centre for Brain Research.

Over $400,000 will go to six research groups across the Centre, which is part of The University of Auckland. Associate Professors Tom Brittain and Nigel Birch along with Dr Joanna Skomer from the School of Biological Sciences were granted $111,177 to progress their research on the relatively newly discovered protein neuroglobin. It’s thought the protein protects brain cells from the cell death or damage seen in brain disease.

Stroke research also received a boost, with $105,623 awarded for a new clinical trial aiming to improve rehabilitation outcomes after long-term stroke.

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Volunteers wanted!

Nov 26th 2009
Centre for Brain Research seeks participants to help fight brain disease.


Neuroscientists at The University of Auckland have launched a new database to help further research into brain disease. The Research Volunteer Register encourages interested members of the public to sign up to help studies at the Centre for Brain Research. The database will allow scientists to undertake vital research into devastating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease. Research into mental health problems such as depression and addiction is also in progress.

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Community at the heart of new CBR

Nov 26th 2009
Representatives of community organisations from across New Zealand welcomed the launch of the CBR this month.

The Centre works with 14 'Community Partners'; community NGOs who have established links with researchers over the years. These groups form part of the Centre's three pillars of strength - the University's neuroscience researchers, Auckland hospitals' neurologists and neurosurgeons and, most importantly, communities. Professor Faull says, "We have been guided by the skills and expertise of scientists. But helping them along the way has been the hopes and enthusiasm of so many people. This place is all about people. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."


From L-R:
Professor Richard Faull, Derek Smith (Elizabeth's husband), Agnes Wood, Chris Wood (Agnes' son)

This message was underlined with the donation of a new painting to the Centre by Agnes Wood's family from Remuera, whose daughter Elizabeth battled Alzheimer's disease and passed away in 2007.

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Launch photo gallery online

Nov 19th 2009


Centre for Brain Research officially opened

Nov 12th 2009
The University’s new Centre for Brain Research was officially opened by the Hon. Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister for Research, Science and Technology, on Friday 6th November.


From L-R:
Professor Alan Barber, Deputy Director of the CBR, Professor Richard Faull, Director of the CBR and Professor Iain Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

The centre represents a unique collaboration between a wide spectrum of researchers, clinicians and communities, all committed to working together to develop new treatments for neurological conditions. The Director of the CBR, Professor Richard Faull (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences), said the multi-disciplinary approach to studying the brain aimed to ensure that all the research groups actively involved in brain studies across the University could interact effectively with one another.

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New research centre combines forces in brain disease

Oct 12th 2009
A new research centre at The University of Auckland that aims to develop treatments for brain disease will be launched on 6 November 2009.

The Centre for Brain Research, led by renowned University of Auckland neuroscientist Professor Richard Faull, will investigate diseases of the brain and nervous system including stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, and muscular dystrophy.