Seelye Fellow Professor Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla visits Brain Research New Zealand

03 October 2016

Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae
Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae

International expert in the psychological needs of individuals with brain injury visited Auckland in October.

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).

Dr Arango-Lasprilla has conducted numerous research studies in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and the USA focused on understanding and addressing the psychological, emotional, and family needs of individuals with brain injury.

Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae:  Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Professor Richard Faull and PhD student Laena
Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae: Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Professor Richard Faull and PhD student Laena

Neuroscientist, Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla visited as a Seelye Fellow at the University of Auckland, along with his PhD student Laena
Neuroscientist, Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla visited as a Seelye Fellow at the University of Auckland, along with his PhD student Laena participated in the Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae

The lecture took place at the University’s Grafton Campus on Friday 7 October.

Dr Arango-Lasprilla has been awarded numerous accolades for his work in brain injury and cultural issues and has secured about $5 million in grant funds, focused on work with culturally diverse populations.

He was a guest editor for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation’s special issue: ‘Cultural Issues Related to Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Research and New Frontiers’ and  ‘The role of race/ethnicity on outcomes after central nervous system injury’of the journal NeuroRehabilitation.

Dr Arango-Lasprilla’s visit was arranged and led by Brain Research New Zealand Māori Strategic Leader, Dr Hinemoa Elder.

“This visit is very special for both the CBR and BRNZ, as we are working to strengthen links with iwi, hapū and whānau to address the challenges of undertaking neuroscience research by, with and for Māori,” says the co-director of both organisations, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull.

“Dr Arango-Lasprilla came to New Zealand to learn how our country has taken a leadership role in cultural affairs, building healthcare and research models that are specific to Māori,” he says. 

“He is very interested in taking these learnings back with him, whilst also teaching us about his experience in culturally-sensitive assessment and recovery from brain injury and neurodegeneration.”