Brain Awareness 2019

Brain Day 2018-5

Presented by the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand and Brain Research New Zealand.

Brain Awareness Month 2019 includes a series of public panel discussions throughout March and a community Brain Day event on March 23.

Panel discussions:

March 14:  Understanding Autism and Learning Differences
Panelists: Associate Professor Johanna MontgomeryAssociate Professor Karen WaldieDr Jessie Jacobsen and Dr Rosamund Hill

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March 21:  Is it in our Genes? Neurological Disease, Therapies and the Future
Panellists: Professor Russell SnellDr Richard RoxburghMs Miriam Rodriques, Ms Jo Dysart  

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March 28:  Memory and the Ageing Brain
Panellists: Associate Professor Lynette TippettDr Phil WoodProfessor Ngaire KerseDr Gary Cheung

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All panel discussions will be held at AMRF Theatre, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Grafton. Doors will open at 6pm with the panel discussion at 6.30pm followed by questions from the audience. Everyone welcome to gather for refreshments outside the theatre from 7.30-8.30pm

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Brain Day 2018-13

Brain Day March 23

Join us for a day of neuroscience and community. Brain Day 2019 will feature short talks by community groups and Early Career Researchers on a range of topics concerning care in the community as well as recent research on neurological diseases. For the young or young at heart there will be interactive science displays and games, challenges and activities from the Being Brainy programme, as well as activities for young ones. 

Brain Day Public talks:

10.30am - "Revolutionising Stroke Rehabilitation"

Professor Cathy Stinear
In this presentation, Cathy Stinear will describe how hospitals are now using biomarkers to choose the right treatments and tailor rehabilitation for individual patients.
Professor Cathy Stinear is a clinical neuroscientist in the Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing tools to predict and promote recovery after stroke.

12noon - "The Magic and Excitement of the Human Brain" 

Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull
Sir Richard Faull, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) will take the audience on a journey of discovery through the wonders and marvels of the human brain. He will highlight how the bequest of post-mortem human brains from families touched by neurological diseases has transformed research in the CBR and enabled researches to do world leading research which has the potential to develop new treatments for brain disease.

Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull has been Director of the Centre for Brain Research since its inception in 2009 creating one of the pre-eminent neuroscience research centres in Australasia. Sir Richard has spent 40 years studying neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain and his research achievements have been recognized by several awards including Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the award of New Zealand’s highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal, and the Supreme Award in the 2010 World Class New Zealand Awards. He was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to medical research in the 2017 New Year Honours. 

1.30-2.30pm - "Migraines and Headaches"

Professor Debbie Hay
This talk will explain what migraine is, how it affects people, and how badly-needed new treatments are emerging, which is based on the science behind a neuropeptide hormone (CGRP) that controls pain signals.
Debbie Hay is Professor, and a James Cook Fellow. Her research aims to contribute to the development of medicines to treat migraine, and other conditions. She studies the proteins that transmit CGRPs’ pain signals.

11.30am - CBR Celebration Choir performance in the Atrium

The CeleBRation Choir is a social singing group for people with neurological conditions like Stroke or Parkinson’s disease, led by Alison Talmage. Research shows that signing may help to ‘rewire’ the brain after brain injury, and so could help with conditions like Aphasia. The CBR CeleBRation choir sings a variety of songs you are bound to know. 

When: Saturday 23 March 2019 10am-3pm

Where: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Grafton Campus, 85 Park Road, Grafton


Brain Day is presented by the Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, with support from Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) and many other community organisations and volunteers who contribute to this annual event.

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 to reserve.