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  • Parkinson's Marlborough Public Forum - Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie - 28th Oct
    28 October 2016
    BRNZ Principal Investigator, Neurophysiologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie will be presenting her Optogenetics research findings at Parkinson’s Marlborough on the 28th of October at 10.30 am.
  • Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae
    11 October 2016
    On the 11th of October, Auckland-based researchers and clinicians affiliated with Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa attended the Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi marae.
  • 6.8M funding boost for University of Auckland bioengineering and neuroscience collaboration
    10 October 2016
    The University of Auckland has been pledged $6.8 million from the New York based Aotearoa Foundation of well-known philanthropist, Julian Robertson. Major donation boosts prospects for research at the University’s Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and Centre for Brain Research (CBR).
  • Seelye Fellow Professor Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla visits Brain Research New Zealand
    03 October 2016
    Neuroscientist, Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla visited as a Seelye Fellow at the University of Auckland, co-hosted by the University’s Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the national collaborative Centre of Research Excellence Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ).
  • Kiwis unlocking secrets from deep inside of the Huntington's brain
    03 October 2016
    Movement issues are one of the most commonly known symptoms of Huntington’s disease. If a person is familiar with the condition, they will know about the excessive uncontrolled movements (chorea) and eventual immobility (akinesia) caused by the disease.
  • Pattern of neuronal loss in Huntington's disease corresponds with symptom type, researchers find
    03 October 2016
    Researchers at Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) have shown that the pattern of neuronal loss in three cortical brain areas in Huntington’s disease corresponds to the predominant symptom type in a patient.
  • Alzheimer’s Napier public forum - Dr Andrea Kwakowsky
    27 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Napier are pleased to present a Share and Care group forum and Q & A session with one of our foremost experts in Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Andrea Kwakowsky.
  • Alzheimer’s Tauranga public forum - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis
    23 September 2016
    On the 22nd of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Eastern Bay of Plenty presented two public forums firstly in Whakatane followed by Tauranga; with one of our foremost experts in neurodegenerative diseases of the ageing brain Associate Professor Maurice Curtis.
  • BRNZ researchers at the University of Otago gain over $6m in funding for stroke and Parkinson’s research
    23 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand Principal Investigators and researchers at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy have enjoyed major success with the funding of four projects by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE).
  • Alzheimer’s Whakatane public forum - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis
    22 September 2016
    On the 22nd of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Eastern Bay of Plenty presented two public forums firstly in Whakatane followed by Tauranga; with one of our foremost experts in neurodegenerative diseases of the ageing brain Associate Professor Maurice Curtis.
  • Alzheimer’s Nelson public forum - Prof Ngaire Kerse
    21 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Nelson are pleased to present a public forum and Q & A session with one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care, Professor Ngaire Kerse as she talks about “Falls and dementia: keeping upright with memory problems”.
  • Alzheimer's Taranaki public forum - Dr Phil Wood
    20 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Taranaki are pleased to present a Positive Ageing Forum involving one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care for older people, Dr Phil Wood.
  • Alzheimer’s Wairarapa public forum - Dr Jian Guan - 17th Sept
    17 September 2016
    On the 17th of September, Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Wairarapa presented a public forum and Q & A session with one of our foremost experts in neurodegenerative disorders of the ageing brain, Dr Jian Guan.
  • Alzheimer’s Northland public forum - Lakshini Mendis & Helen Murray
    16 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Northland are pleased to present a public forum and Q & A session with two of our talented young scientists who specialise neurodegenerative disorders of the ageing brain: Lakshini Mendis and Helen Murray.
  • Alzheimer’s Manawatu public forum - Prof Louise Nicholson
    16 September 2016
    On the 16th of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Manawatu presented a public forum and Q & A session with one of our foremost experts in neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy and spinal cord injury, Professor Louise Nicholson. Here is some feedback and photos from the successful event.
  • BRNZ Public Forums for Alzheimer's Awareness Month 2016
    01 September 2016
    In September 2016, Brain Research New Zealand will embark upon an ambitious nation-wide series of community public forums.
  • Otago Seminar by visiting researcher Professor Ahmad Hariri: Identifying neural signatures of risk for mental illness
    15 August 2016
    Professor Ahmad Hariri works at the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics (LoNG), Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America. As Director of the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics (LoNG) at Duke University, Professor Hariri employs a research strategy seeking to integrate complimentary technologies in the service of illuminating the biological pathways of individual differences in complex behavioral traits. The LoNG works with collaborators both at Duke and abroad to translate these efforts into the establishment of biomarkers that interact with unique environmental factors to predict disease risk and also inform the development of novel therapeutic strategies.
  • BRNZ Co-Director Professor Cliff Abraham interviewed on TV about $5m Alzheimer's research grant
    21 July 2016
    Alzheimer’s disease is a huge problem in our ageing society and is the most expensive disease in New Zealand. And yet despite the tsunami of Alzheimer’s prevalence in the ageing population, there are many reasons to be optimistic about Alzheimer’s research in New Zealand.
  • Landmark national dementia resource database to fill the gaps in New Zealanders' dementia knowledge
    15 July 2016
    The general population of New Zealand along with the healthcare system of New Zealand has a relatively low awareness of dementia and the needs of those with dementia and their whanau and families and carers. This new project by BRNZ aims to challenge and change that lack of knowledge by using innovative online and offline delivery methods.
  • The Official Launch of the Dementia Prevention Research Clinic Network
    08 April 2016
    The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic is about combining world class scientific research with the generous involvement of members of the community and health professionals, and providing hope for the future.
  • PhD Stipend Opportunity: Gene Therapy research alongside Associate Professor Deborah Young
    03 March 2016
    PhD stipend offered in the area of gene therapy with world-renowned expert in gene therapy Associate Professor Deborah Young. Funding obtained through a Marsden Grant. Applications are open until the 30th of April to all eligible students, so apply now.
  • BRNZ funding round announced for 2016-2017
    09 November 2015
    This week BRNZ announced the funding for research groups across New Zealand for the period of 2016-2017.
  • Calling all community groups
    08 November 2015
    BRNZ welcomes opportunities for collaboration, engagement and participation with community groups and clinicians located throughout New Zealand. Contact us to find out about how we can support and partner with you in events, seminars and open days all over New Zealand. Find out more by calling Athena Dennis, Comms & Marketing Advisor on (09) 923 1875
  • Professor Valery Feigin’s Globally Endorsed Stroke Prevention App
    02 November 2015
    The Stroke Riskometer™ was the brainchild of Stroke Neuroepidemiologist and BRNZ PI Valery Feigin, based at the AUT campus in Auckland. Valery saw that current strategies just weren’t good enough at preventing stroke and heart disease. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices and uses ground-breaking mobile health technologies, that allow people to assess their risk of a stroke in the next 5-10 years.
  • Passionate young researchers join forces with families to form Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation - New Zealand
    27 October 2015
    Passionate young researchers in Brain Research New Zealand are joining forces with family members affected by Huntington's Disease and raising awareness of Huntington's Disease among youth in New Zealand.
  • Tinnitus study identifies prevalence
    19 October 2015
    Researchers at the University of Auckland have published the first nationally representative study of tinnitus prevalence in New Zealand, using the largest study sample for tinnitus prevalence globally.
  • Louise Parr Brownlie: Optogenetics lights the way forward for Parkinson’s patients
    10 October 2015
    Dr Parr-Brownlie is a Neurophysiologist and lecturer working for Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ), a Centre of Research Excellence that’s co-hosted by the University of Auckland and University of Otago. She’s one of small group of researchers in the world dedicated to researching optogenetics.
  • The BRNZ and CBR present: The Inheritance documentary screening
    09 October 2015
    Join us for a screening of documentary film The Inheritance and provide your support to young people facing Huntington’s Disease. It is with great pleasure, that Professor Richard Faull and his team at Brain Research New Zealand and Centre for Brain Research present The Inheritance. This film screening will benefit young people impacted by Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness with devastating effects on our families and community. A gold coin donation is requested for entry.
  • The Inaugural BRNZ Investigator Meeting at AWCBR 2015
    29 August 2015
    On Saturday 29th of August, 2015 BRNZ hosted their inaugural annual meeting at the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR) at the Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown.
  • Smart minds meld to keep brains healthy
    25 May 2015
    A new national brain research initiative is being launched today in Auckland and Dunedin.
  • Māori Hapu and Iwi: A vital part of Brain Research New Zealand
    22 May 2015
    During the exciting launch of Brain Research New Zealand, TV1's Māori current affairs program Te Karere attended and spoke with our PIs. Speakers at the launch indicated that BRNZ would undertake extensive community engagement activities and Iwi liaison throughout New Zealand to engage with and helping Māori communities, as a part of the strategic plan.
  • National brain research initiative launch next week
    14 May 2015
    A new national brain research initiative intended to help New Zealanders to age well with a healthy brain will be launched simultaneously in Auckland and Dunedin this month. (22 May).

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