Neurolgical Foundation of New Zealand

Official partner to Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Day Auckland 2018

Brain Day Auckland: The Amazing Brain: research, community and care

Date: Saturday 21st July 2018

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Venue: Sir Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School, Grafton Road, Auckland

Join us for Brain Day Auckland to enjoy an interactive day of  lab demonstrations, discussions on Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury and the future of Brains and Machines, children’s activities, community group expo and lots more. 

Panel Discussions:

9.30-10am Talks by Community Groups and Early Career Researchers 
9:30am: Epilepsy New Zealand
9.15am: MS Auckland
10-10.55am: Science panel Living Well with Dementia: research, community and care
Join us for this exciting panel discussion where we will discuss dementia from several different perspectives , including a researcher, clinician, family member/author and an organisation trying to make a difference. This exciting panel will discuss how you can live well with dementia, how the community can help achieve this, the current research and how this will affect the future of dementia as a whole.           
 Associate Professor Lynette Tippett – Associate Professor, Psychology; Director of the Brain Research New Zealand Dementia Prevention Research Clinics
Angela Caughey
 – author of How to Communicate with Someone who has Dementia: A Guide for Carers and Dealing Daily with Dementia.
Dr Margaret Dudley – Senior Lecturer, Psychology; Neuro-psychologist, speaking about the assessment and management of dementia in Māori.
Dr Christina Ilse – Neuropsychologist in the Dementia Prevention Research Clinic, University of Auckland. 
Barbara Fox – Operations Manager, Dementia Auckland and Occupational Therapist; Speaking about making a difference for people living with dementia and person-centred practices. 

Lorraine Hunter – Westpac Private Wealth Executive; Spearheaded the first dementia-friendly bank initiative in NZ with a specialised frontline training programme and changes to the physical branch environment to make things easier for customers living with dementia to access financial services. 

11am-12pm Talks by Community Groups and Early Career Researchers 
11am: Stroke Foundation
11.15am: CBR Gavel Club
11.30: Dr Marie-Claire Smith
12-12.55pm: Science panel Traumatic Brain Injury: research pathways to the future   
Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, can affected people from any age and any lifestyle. In this panel discussion, some of the leading researchers and clinicians will discuss the promising paths that research is leading to and how this could affect diagnosis, treatments and recovery.
 Dr Rosamund Hill – Clinical Neurologist Auckland City Hospital.
Nicholas Gant 
– Associate Professor, Exercise Sciences; Director of the Exercise Neurometabolism Laboratory
Dr Samantha Holdsworth – Senior Lecturer, Anatomy and Medical Imaging; Samantha’s research focus is on novel, fast, and effective ways of imaging the brain using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Samantha’s new imaging and image-processing methodologies have led to better diagnoses in clinical applications such as stroke and neurodegenerative disease.
1-2pm Talks by Community Groups and Early Career Researchers
1pm: Parkinson’s Auckland
1.15pm: MND New Zealand and New Zealand MND Registry
1.30pm: Dr Emma Scotter
1.45pm: Taylor Stevnson
Science panel
Brain and Machine: what does the future hold?
In the movies, humans’ (brains) and machines are normally on opposite sides of the fight, but in the research world it’s a different story. What if machines provided a way of helping Dementia patients remember to take their medications, or help someone with a movement disorder? We bring together the researchers and clinicians that are trying to make these extraordinary things happen. Join us to hear about their research and what the future could hold.
Chair: Associate Professor Karen Waldie
 – Associate Professor,Psychology;Head of the Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and the MovingCog Initiative.
Dr David Moreau – Lecturer,Psychology; Head of the MovinCog Initiative
Dr Angus McMorland – Senior Lecturer, Exercise Sciences, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Associate Professor Grant Searchfield – Director of the Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic, University of Auckland.Professor Bruce McDonald – Professor, Engineering; Leader of multidisciplinary CARES robotics team.
All day: Interactive science
Jump on the Smoothie Bike, look at real human brains in ‘brain world’, explore the brain-body connection and muscle memory, learn about sound measurement, ear models and lots more.KidsZone 
Help build a giant brain, make a brain hat, photobooth, facepainting, balloon modelling and more.Being Brainy – Brain Games:
Test your reaction time and senses and explore optical illusions

Community Group Expo – check page for details