6th Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific Symposium

Venue: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre
Location: Level 5 Main Building Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Website: BMAP Registration and Abstracts
Event dates:  23 August 2016 at 17:00 - 25 August 2016 at 19:00 
Abstract submission deadline:   Monday 1 August 2016 
Registration deadline: None 


Plasticity of the Brain and Mind is this year's BMAP theme.

Hosted by the University of Auckland's Centre for Brain Research and held in the stunning country of New Zealand, Brain and Mind Research (BMAP) 2016 will be taking place from the 23rd to 25th of August at the Fisher and Paykel Clinical Education Centre located at Auckland City hospital.

The opening ceremony on Tuesday 23 August, will take place in the Atrium of the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (opposite to Auckland City Hospital).

This year's topics include;

  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Genetics and Neuroimaging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Sensory Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience


Registration and abstract submissions are now open. To register and/or submit an abstract click here. Abstract submission will close on Sunday 31 July 2016.


  • Full registration: $575
  • Student registration: $250
  • Day registration: $300
  • Conference dinner:$100


BMAP has been timed to allow delegates to also attend two major conferences in the South Island of New Zealand; the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR) in Queenstown from 26-31 August and New Zealand Medical Sciences Congress (MedSciNZ) in Nelson from 29-31 August.


For additional information on pricing and abstract submission, please contact Mirelle Powell. m.powell@auckland.ac.nz.  

Internationally renowned speakers

Hosted by Associate Professor Maurice Curtis, This year's BMAP has keynote speakers from centers of research excellence in Europe, the United States and New Zealand.

Dr Mary Pat McAndrews

Dr McAndrews is a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute (University Health Network, Toronto) and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Her research seeks to understand the brain networks contributing to different types of memory processes and how these can be disturbed and/or reorganized by focal brain damage in temporal lobe epilepsy, mild cognitive impairment and following gamma radiation to areas of the brain.

Professor Peter Mombaerts

Professor Mombaerts is the Director of the Department of Molecular Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, and works on the neurobiology of olfaction. His research interests include how each olfactory sensory neuron manages to express just one gene from a repertoire of 1,200 genes.

Professor Stephen Back

Professor Back is an expert in Pediatrics and Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. He studies the cell and molecular neurobiology, and human pathology, involved in hypoxia-ischemia using cerebral blood flow measurement and definition of chronic lesions by high field MRI. 


Brain and Mind Research (BMAP) Conference Auckland 2016

Dr Jessie Jacobsen

Following the completion of her PhD in Huntington’s disease at The University of Auckland, Jessie received a Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Philip Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During this time she developed an interest in complex genetic disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  

Professor Stuart Firestein

Professor Firestein is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his laboratory is researching the vertebrate olfactory receptor neuron.

Professor Wickliffe Abraham

Professor Abraham was the founding Director of the Brain Health Research Centre at the University of Otago. He is currently the Co-Director of Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ), he teaches at the University of Otago and is a Principal Investigator with many decades of expertise in the areas of neural mechanisms of learning, nervous system plasticity, metaplasticity and in the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.  

Dr Leonardo Belluscio

Dr Belluscio is a senior investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). His current research interests include using molecular and functional techniques to study olfactory neural plasticity associated with circuit development and its repair following disruption.

Associate Professor Paul Corballis

Associate Professor Corballis is a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in visual perception, attention, and cognition. His research incorporates psychophysical, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological approaches to study human visual perception, attention, and awareness.

Dr Justin Dean

Dr Dean is a developmental neurophysiologist based in the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland, where he has led the Developmental Brain Injury Lab since 2012. Part of his current research program examines how the extracellular matrix of the brain can regulate cellular maturation and plasticity during normal brain development, and how these events can be perturbed in various childhood disorders including premature birth.

Professor Alistair Gunn

Professor Gunn is a paediatrician-scientist who has conducted groundbreaking basic research into ways of identifying compromised fetuses in labour, the mechanisms and treatment of asphyxial brain injury and the mechanisms of life threatening events in infancy. 

Olfactory Mini-Symposium

As a part of the BMAP symposium on plasticity of the brain and mind, the program will include a mini symposium focussed on olfaction.

The olfactory system contains valuable lessons in cell connectivity, specialisation, brain plasticity and cell survival. Additionally, the olfactory system is affected first and most severely in some degenerative diseases.

Understanding more about the normal and dysfunctional olfactory system may be important for early disease prevention strategies.

If you'd like to present a poster or deliver an oral presentation, email Associate Professor Maurice Curtis now.

Brain and Mind Research (BMAP) Conference Auckland 2016