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.

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Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan
Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan

Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan 

"The local people really wanted to participate in this event and to come and see my talk. We had people of all ages and backgrounds. Mums with babies, older people from the retirement village and everyone in between. People were really thirsty for knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and it was so great. This public forum was the perfect method for knowledge transfer. I would definitely do this again!” 

Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan
Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan and the Wairarapa Memory Walk

Bio: Dr Jian Guan MD, PhD

 

Dr Jian Guan has spent more than twenty five years researching the biological function of insulin-like growth factors following brain injury and in chronic neurological conditions in neonatal, infant, young adult and aging brains.

In recent years, working for the Centre for Brain Research in Auckland Dr Guan has investigated the impact of nutrition on brain development, premature aging and cognitive function.

With 170 publications to her name and a high reference index (H-index 26), along extensive experience in designing animal based experiments and models, behavioral testing, neuronal anatomy, neurobiology and pharmacology – Dr Guan has been influential in the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases of the ageing brain.

“Brain weight is 1-2% of body weight in human. Yet the brain consumes more than 25% of nutrients through blood circulation. Therefore it’s vital that we study how poor blood circulation in brain affect brain function, particularly the aged population and in neurodegenerative conditions.” Dr Guan explains. “From research we can also understand how balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle can benefit in brain function by improving blood circulation.”

“Our understanding of human biology, diseases and intervention is very limited, particularly the blood circulation in brain function. The contribution to the knowledge that potentially promote human health through improving way of living is the motivation.”

Dr Guan is hopeful that her research will “lead us towards better understanding and provide scientific evidence that benefits both lifestyle and brain health”.

 

BRNZ member Dr Jian Guan chats before her talk with the Mayor Lynn Patterson
BRNZ member Dr Jian Guan chats before her talk with the Mayor Lynn Patterson

Azheimer’s Wairarapa Manager: Shirley Milligan

"I’m pleased that Dr Guan enjoyed her visit and it was a pleasure to have her. The walk went well, I did lose her at one stage and then found her again across from the Farmers Market, so we were lucky to get her back! It was a shame that the weather was a bit showery. This was probably why some people left before the talk. However the people that stayed really enjoyed her talk. Dr Guan had time to go around afterwards and speak to people individually. Thanks for all of your organisation of the visit. Cheers and thanks again, Shirley". 

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Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan
Alzheimer's Wairarapa visiting researcher: Dr Jian Guan