Brain Awareness Month 2019
In March, New Zealand celebrated Brain Awareness Month with events happening all across New Zealand bringing together researchers, community organisations, and the wider public.
In Auckland, Brain Research New Zealand worked with the Centre for Brain Research and The Neurological Foundation to deliver a range of exciting events. There were 3 public panel discussions throughout the month: "Understanding Autism and Learning Differences", "Is it in our Genes? Neurological Disease, Therapies and the Future", and "Memory and the Ageing Brain." The evening discussions were well attended and the audience had a lot of questions for the panelists, leading to very lively discussions.
Auckland Brain Day was hosted at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and drew a big crowd of people keen to learn more about the brain. The event featured three public talks: “Revolutionising Stroke Rehabilitation” – Prof Cathy Stinear, “The Magic and Excitement of the Human Brain” – Sir Richard Faull, and “Migraines and Headaches” – Prof Debbie Hay. (You can re-watch the talks here!) Another highlight was the performance of the CeleBRation Choir (a choir for adults living with neurological conditions such as stroke, aphasia, Parkinson's, or dementia), and some very engaging talks by community groups. Visitors could also explore science displays and find out about the offers of different community groups at their stalls. The buzzing Being Brainy area kept the kids entertained with many exciting brain experiments, creative activities and even some real brains to discover!
Dunedin Brain Day was cancelled out of respect for those affected by the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, as were the Brain Awareness events in Christchurch.