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Brain Awareness Week 2013 – a week of research on the brain

Brain Awareness Week 2013 – a week of research on the brain
11 – 17 March 2013

The Neurological Foundation is thrilled to announce an exciting national programme of Brain Day events to mark Brain Awareness Week 2013. All events are free to the public.

Each of the Brain Day events will give the New Zealand public a unique opportunity to hear from some of New Zealand’s top neuroscientists and clinicians about their incredible research work in the laboratory and clinic. In between lectures, people are welcome to mix and mingle with local community support groups who will have information stands at each Brain Day, and can answer questions about the services they provide in the community.

In addition to the key speaker line-up, the Neurological Foundation is pleased to feature Alzheimer’s New Zealand and Multiple Sclerosis Society seminars at the Brain Day events in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Both community support organisations will provide informative sessions, respectively titled “Caring for the Carer” and “Living with MS”.

To fit in with regional anniversary holidays, the 2013 Brain Day schedule will stretch across two weekends. The Neurological Foundation’s dedicated Brain Awareness Week website features more indepth information about each event, including speakers, lecture information, times and venues. The full and comprehensive Brain Day Auckland programme is also featured on the site - last year’s event was the highest-attended (globally) in the history of Brain Awareness Week. Lectures are filling fast and an overflow theatre with live video streaming is available on-campus on a first-come, first-served basis – arrive early to avoid disappointment. NOTE: NEW VENUE: Brain Day Auckland will be held at The University of Auckland Grafton Campus, not at the university Business School as it was in 2011 and 2012.

Special mention needs to be made of our event partners around the country: the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland; Victoria University of Wellington; the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch; the Brain Health Research Centre, University of Otago; Alzheimer’s New Zealand; Multiple Sclerosis Society, and all of the participating community support groups.

Brain Day CityDateVenue
AucklandSaturday 16th MarchThe University of Auckland Grafton Campus, 85 Park Road, University of Auckland
DunedinSaturday 16th MarchSt David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
WellingtonSaturday 23rd MarchRutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
ChristchurchSaturday 23rd MarchAurora Centre, Burnside High School

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Brain Awareness Week also aims to increase community awareness of the potential for improving the long-term health of the brain through lifestyle changes and risk-reduction strategies. The Dana Alliance, based in New York, founded BAW 15 years ago, and continues to administer the campaign alongside the American Society for Neuroscience. The Neurological Foundation is an official partner to the Dana Alliance.

Finding ways to prevent, treat and cure neurological disease is the primary goal of neuroscience research, and the Neurological Foundation is committed to helping achieve this by funding neurological research in New Zealand. For information about the Neurological Foundation’s work and the important research work funded, go to

Brain Day Auckland is generously supported by the Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Fund proudly administered by Guardian Trust.

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