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. 

Professor Louise Nicholson leads the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk
Professor Louise Nicholson leads the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk

Alzheimer's Manawatu visiting researcher: Professor Louise Nicholson 

 

"Donna, Clare and Kate are incredibly dynamic and passionate about what they do. Alzheimer’s Manawatu really has the best of the best working on behalf of the community.

"The walk was fantastic leaving from the town square and walking towards the library. Luckily everyone managed to get into the library before the rain really set in. Upstairs there was a wonderful display and downstairs, a stage, balloons and a memory net where people could contribute a memory of a loved one.

"The Memory Walk was attended by local members of parliament, clinicians and doctors, professionals, families, people of all ages and All Black local hero, Nehe Milner-Scudder.

"The event was truly an example of a small community coming together to be strong as one. In an old-fashioned sense of the word, they are all really ‘good people’ in Palmerston North; really kind and caring and the occasion brought the community closer together that day.

"My cousin who has lived in Palmerston North for a good part of her adult life connected with people she hadn’t known before and she really enjoyed the memory walk and my talk too."  

 

Alzheimer's Manawatu Manager: Donna Headly 

 

"It was our pleasure having the opportunity to host Louise and to present a united front to our community. There are so many aspects of work happening in our field, presenting a team approach not only validates the work that we all do, but also gives the community reassurance of the fact that we all at some point are working together to improve the lives of people with neurological disorders.  

"Louise's presentation was so well received! – She held the audience. The interactions by attendees was enthusiastic and her presentation was well targeted.

"I hope that there will be more response publicly to the development of the clinics across the country. I hope that people come to the clinics who have early cognitive decline. We would be happy to put something into our newsletter on a regular basis if needed.

"Louise, please drop in if you are down this way again, or let us know when are coming, we may be able to do a follow up with you. PS. Keep gardening."  

A 'memory net' for people to leave notes to loved ones during the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk
A 'memory net' for people to leave notes to loved ones during the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk

Bio: Professor Louise Nicholson MSc, PhD, DipTchg

Professor Louise Nicholson is the Principal Investigator of the Molecular Neuroanatomy Laboratory for Brain Research New Zealand, the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging and the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland.

Postdoctoral Fellows and graduate students are very much part of her research team. The research programme embraces a number of broad goals investigating the role of inflammation in neurodegeneration, spinal cord injury and repair, cancer and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The group has a long-standing interest in the molecular mechanisms of degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases that have a late onset. The role of gap junctions in central nervous system diseases and injury is a current thrust of the research group. With major support from the CatWalk Trust, the team have established a Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility within the Centre for Brain Research.


Professor Nicholson has been a PI on two prestigious Marsden grants; one on the role of gap junctions in epilepsy, and the other on the role of gap junctions in spinal cord injury and repair.


In her talk Professor Nicholson discussed the latest developments in the group’s research including role of gap junctions in disease onset, and she answered questions from the community.

 

All Black Nehe Milner-Scudder cuddles up to local kids and pets at the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk
All Black Nehe Milner-Scudder cuddles up to local kids and pets at the Alzheimer's Manawatu Memory Walk
Professor Louise Nicholson with Palmerston North local and All Black Nehe Milner-Scudder
Professor Louise Nicholson with Palmerston North local and All Black Nehe Milner-Scudder