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Brain Awareness Week 2012 – a week of research on the brain

27 February 2012

Brain Awareness Week 2012 – a week of research on the brain
12 – 18 March

The Neurological Foundation is thrilled to announce an exciting national programme of Brain Day events to mark Brain Awareness Week 2012. All events are free to the public, and no pre-registration is required.

Each of the Brain Days will give the New Zealand public a unique opportunity to hear from some of New Zealand’s top neuroscientists and clinicians about their incredible 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 Foundation is thrilled to introduce Alzheimer’s New Zealand and Stroke Foundation seminars at all of the Brain Day events. Both organisations will provide excellent sessions, respectively “Caring for the Carer” and “Is it a stroke? Act FAST!”

To fit in with regional anniversary holidays, the Brain Day schedule this year will stretch across three weekends. The 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, so we look forward to beating the record again!

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

Brain Day CityDateVenue
WhangareiSaturday 10th MarchForum North, Whangarei
DunedinSaturday 10th MarchSt David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
AucklandSaturday 17th MarchOwen G Glenn Building, Grafton Road, University of Auckland
WellingtonSaturday 17th MarchRutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
ChristchurchSaturday 17th MarchAurora Centre, Burnside High School
HamiltonSaturday 24th MarchHamilton Gardens Pavilion

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 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 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.

Brain Day Whangarei is generously supported by the A K Franks Charitable Trust (Rotary Club of Whangarei), and the Laurence William Nelson Trust, administered by the Public Trust.

Brain Day Hamilton is generously supported by the Lion Foundation.

For further information go to


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