Brain science on display

Visitors to Brain Day 2018 were captivated by the latest research in brain science.

The event titled ‘The Amazing Brain: Communication, Care and Community’, was held on July 21 at the Sir Owen G Glenn Building.

The day-long event included three panel discussions featuring the themes of dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury and the brain and machine. The day also included talks by community groups, a community expo, interactive science and games and activities for all ages.

The Living Well with Dementia panel was chaired by Associate Professor Lynette Tippet and speakers included: Angela Caughey (author), Dr Margaret Dudley, Dr Christina Ilse, Barbara Fox (Dementia Auckland) and Lorraine Hunter (Westpac). The discussion looked at the latest research in dementia, how to live well with dementia and how the community can help people living with dementia. There were lots of questions from the public which promoted a lively discussion.

Dr Rosamund Hill chaired the Traumatic Brain Injury panel, with speakers Associate Professor Nick Gant and Dr Samantha Holdsworth. The panel talked about current research into TBI, diagnosis and treatment.

Associate Professor Karen Waldie led the session on the Brain and Machine with speakers Dr David Moreau, Dr Angus McMorland, Associate Professor Grant Searchfield and Professor Bruce MacDonald. The session focussed on how machines might provide solutions in the area of brain science in the future.

Over 30 groups participated in the Community Expo, giving members of the public the chance to find out more about a range of neurological conditions and support groups. A number of community groups also got to present to the public about what they do and how they can help provide support for those who need it.

Children and adults all participated in the Being Brainy brain games which demonstrate aspects of neuroscience. For the very young there were plenty of brain-related activities to join in on, from making a pipe cleaner brain to creating a brain hat.

The Centre for Brain Research has been hosting Brain Day events since 2010 with the support of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand and Brain Research New Zealand. Brain Day is also made possible by the many community organisations and volunteers who contribute to the event.