Brain Awareness Week 2016 in Otago

Neurological Foundation Brain Day: Saturday 12th March 2016
Neurological Foundation of New Zealand
Neurological Foundation of New Zealand

The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand and the Brain Health Research Centre are proud to present Brain Awareness Week. This global initiative, created by the DANA Alliance, aims to provide interesting and thought provoking educational talks about the brain and brain related illnesses.

 

With brain related activities going on at both ends of the country at the Universities of Otago and Auckland, this year is ready to kick-off with a brain boost of activities, fascinating lectures and research panel discussions that are designed for interested people of all ages and levels of knowledge. 

 

Additionally there will be a Neurological Foundation and U3A sponsored annual public lecture in Queenstown. 

Members of the public gather around the Brain Health Research Centre’s giant inflatable brain during the Alzheimers Society’s 2014 Memory Walk in Dunedin
Members of the public gather around the Brain Health Research Centre’s giant inflatable brain during the Alzheimers Society’s 2014 Memory Walk in Dunedin

Brain Awareness Week in Dunedin will include interviews with three leading New Zealand brain researchers, and a fascinating lecture entitled The power of the subconscious sleep and dreams. This is presented by the director of Otago’s Brain Health Research Centre, Professor David Bilkey, and local hypnotherapist Karen Hughes.

 

In between lectures and during the lunch break, attendees are welcome to mix and mingle with local community support groups who will have information stands, and can answer questions about their services in the community. Brain Day Dunedin will be held in the popular venue of Otago Museum again this year.

 

Brain Day Dunedin leads into a week’s programme of thought-provoking lectures presented by the University of Otago’s Brain Health Research Centre.

 

Professor Professor Russell Snell, Principal Investigator from BRNZ will visit the University of Otago from where he’s based at the University of Auckland, in order to talk about his cutting-edge research into Huntington’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Another stimulating discussion will be led by BRNZ Principal Investigator and Neurological Foundation Chair of Neurosurgery Professor Dirk De Ridder. He will provide an update on his exciting research into brain implants and their that mitigate against alcohol and other addictions.

 

Visit the dedicated Brain Awareness Week website www.brainweek.co.nz closer to the date for more in-depth information about each event, including speaker bios and research interests, all lecture, workshop and panel discussion overviews, event dates and times and venue details. Closer to the date, the full and comprehensive Dunedin Brain Awareness Week programme will also be featured on the site.

 

 

Time  Topic  Location  Details  Experts 
10 - 11am Unravelling the genetics of neurodegenerative disorders Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.  Utilising knowledge of genes and their pathways, we are looking for and testing potential treatments.  Prof Russell Snell, BRNZ PI, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.  
11am - 12pm The power of the subconscious sleep and dreams  Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.  hypnotherapy, sleep and dreams - the subconscious at work. Prof David Bilkey  Director, Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC) along with Hypnotherapist Karen Hughes.
1 - 2pm Foetal development Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.  The impact of maternal environment on foetal development and the  health implications for future generations. A Prof Christine Jasoni. Department of Anatomy, University of Otago. 
2 - 3pm Neurosurgery and research at the University of Otago  Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.  An update on progress and research since neurosurgery services in the south were supported by the community. Prof Dirk De Ridder. Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery, University of Otago. 

Brain Health Research Centre: Brain Awareness Week

Brain Health Research Centre
Brain Health Research Centre

 

For the past three years the Brain Health Research Centre has run a week-long series of events following Brain Day in collaboration with the Otago Museum.

 

Make sure you don't miss out on this fascinating series of public seminars and events that will feature a selection of some of New Zealand's best neuroscientists and also communiy experts in Brain Health! 

Monday 14th March 2016

Time  Topic  Location  Details  Experts 
2 - 3.30pm Understanding nerve endings and maintaining muscle tone  MS Otago rooms, 8 Baker St Caversham.  An interactive talk in partnership with MS Otago that's also open to the wider community to attend.   A Prof Phil Sheard,  Department of Physiology, University of Otago. 

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Time  Topic  Location  Details  Experts 
12 - 1.15pm The power of voice and song Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum.  The science behind stimulating the brain using music and voice: an interactive session  BRNZ PI, Prof Warren Tate, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago. 
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Wednesday 16th March 2016 

Time  Topic  Location  Details  Experts 
1 - 2.30pm Getting active after concussion Brain Injury Association, Community House, Moray Place.  Clinical Physiotherapists will speak on the realities of getting moving after concussion. What works, what to avoid and how to get physically and mentally back on track.  Coordinated by Prof Leigh Hale Dean of School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago and BRNZ PI. Presented in partnership with the Brain Injury Association. 

Thursday 17th March 2016 

Time  Topic  Location  Details  Experts 
10am - 2pm Brain Awareness Community Outreach Day  Upper Octagon, Dunedin.  Weather permitting, look for the giant inflatable brain.  Neuroscientists and brain specialists will be there to answer your questions  Working with agencies at Community House.
Otago Museum
Otago Museum
Brain Awareness Week Otago 2016