Research on the brain

25 June 2013


Proudly brought to you by the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand as part of our 2013 Annual Appeal

An evening of "Research on the Brain" hosted by broadcaster Kevin Milne

Featuring: Professor Alan Barber, Professor Winston Byblow & Associate Professor Bronwen Connor

There are more than 1,100 known neurological disorders. Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout your body. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can experience difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses or mood.

In this panel discussion, chaired by broadcaster Kevin Milne, our brain research experts will discuss the latest progress in the understanding of brain disorders such as Stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; how we treat them now; new research focused on optimising recovery and the prospect of future innovative treatments.

Professor Alan Barber: Neurological Foundation Chair of Clinical Neurology, Neurologist

Professor Barber is a clinical neurologist, Director of the Auckland City Hospital Stroke Service and Co-Director of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland.

Professor Barber was appointed the Neurological Foundation Chair of Clinical Neurology in March 2008. He brought to the role an extensive research background mainly focused on stroke diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Professor Barber continues to work and publish in this area of research and is an acknowledged expert in the field with authorship of more than 100 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Winston Byblow: Director, Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, Professor Sport and Exercise Science, Centre for Brain Research University of Auckland

Professor Winston Byblow is an internationally acclaimed leader in movement neuroscience. He conducts pioneering work in rehabilitation research of patients with neurological disorders where movement function is affected such as stroke, brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. His research goal is to develop novel rehabilitation strategies for people with impaired mobility.

The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory he established within the Department of Sport and Exercise Science is a magnet for international scholars and a central component of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research. Professor Byblow has also co-authored over 110 peer reviewed publications.

Associate Professor Bronwen Connor: Head of the Neural Repair and Neurogenesis Laboratory, Director, NeuroDiscovery Facility Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland

Dr Bronwen Connor is an Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Head of the Neural Repair and Neurogenesis laboratory at the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. She is also Director of the NeuroDiscovery Facility at the Centre for Brain Research.

Associate Professor Connor’s specific interest is in the identification and development of novel protective or regenerative strategies to treat neurological disease, with particular focus on the potential use of stem cell therapy and gene transfer techniques for the treatment of brain injury and disease.

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