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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

It’s Brain Awareness Week! The Neurological Foundation is thrilled to present an exciting national programme of Brain Day events to mark Brain Awareness Week 2013 in New Zealand. All events are free to the public.

For one week every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the global efforts of over 2200 universities, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service groups and professional organisations in 76 countries in a week-long celebration of the brain. Each country marks the week differently, and in New Zealand the initiative has grown over the last eight years from the modest beginnings of one Open Day in Auckland to an intensive public brain health awareness programme. This year New Zealanders can hear and share the science of the human brain at public lectures presented by many of this country’s leading neuroscientists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists at the Brain Days in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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: RE VENUE: Brain Day Auckland will be held at last year’s venue, the University of Auckland Business School – due to demand, the event has been moved from the University of Auckland Grafton campus back to the Business School.

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.

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