Alzheimer’s Napier public forum - Dr Andrea Kwakowsky

27 September 2016

On the 27th of September, Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Napier presented 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 Napier public forum - Dr Andrea Kwakowsky - 27th Sept

Alzheimer's Napier visiting researcher Dr Andrea Kwakowsky


Dr Kwakowsky presented her Alzheimer's research to a 'Share and Care' group at Alzheimer's Napier. This was a private gathering of people affected by Alzheimer's in a variety of ways including carers and families. Therefore photography was not permitted. 

"The group was highly interested and engaged with my research. There was a real mix of people who attended the talk, like patients, carers and hospital staff.

"Everyone was incredibly nice and there was a long discussion after the session. They were really happy to host more speakers. They have asked for a printed copy of the newsletter. The audience asked interesting and relevant questions which were more pertinent to the topic than questions I’ve got at conferences in the past. I would definitely love to go out and do another talk soon." 

Alzheimer's Napier 'Share and Care' group forum by Dr Andrea Kwakowsky (pictured here with organisers Tania Roebuck and Michelle Mclean)
Alzheimer's Napier 'Share and Care' group forum by Dr Andrea Kwakowsky (pictured here with organisers Tania Roebuck and Michelle Mclean)

Bio: Dr Andrea Kwakowsky

Dr Andrea Kwakowsky completed her PhD at Eötvös Loránd University and carried out her research on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) signalling pathway at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungary.

From 2012 onwards, Dr Kwakowsky worked in New Zealand and investigated the use of activators of nongenotropic estrogen-like signaling (ANGELs) as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

She studies the role of estrogen and GABA signaling during ageing and in Alzheimer’s disease. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and estrogen is a sex hormone with neuroprotective effects.

Dr Kwakowsky is currently undertaking a number of projects in association with the Aotearoa Foundation Neuroscience Fellowship at University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research.

These projects involve characterising the mechanisms and roles of estrogen and GABA signalling pathways in Alzheimer’s disease; using interdisciplinary approaches.

Dr Kwakowsky’s ultimate goal is to find novel drug targets and therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease. In her insightful talk, Dr Kwakowsky will update the community on her recent research endeavours. 


Read about the other Alzheimer's Awareness Month public forums and community talks around the country

Alzheimer's Northland - Lakshini Mendis and Helen Murray - community talk - Fri 16th Sept

Alzheimers Manawatu - Prof Louise Nicholson - Community talk Fri 16th Sept

Alzheimer's Wairarapa - Dr Jian Guan Community talk - 11 am Sat 17 Sept, 2016

Alzheimer's Taranaki/New Plymouth - Dr Phil Wood - Public forum on dementia and Alzheimer's - Tues 20th Sept

Alzheimer's Nelson - Prof Ngaire Kerse - Community talk - Wed 21st Sept

Alzheimer's Whakatane - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis - Community talk -Thurs 22nd Sept

Alzheimer's Tauranga - Assoc Prof Maurice Curtis- Community talk - Fri 23 Sept 2016

Alzheimer's Napier - Dr Andrea Kwakowsky - Community talk – Tues 27th Sept


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