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Brain Health Research Centre news & events

Marsden Grants to five BHRC researchers

Friday, 3 November 2017 12:26pm

Congratulations to five BHRC researchers on their Marsden grants.

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The Cost of Preterm Birth

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:06am

Dr Max Berry, a researcher and neonatologist, discusses the real outcomes for preterm babies in New Zealand.

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Honours for epilepsy research student

Monday, 9 October 2017 2:42pm

BHRC PhD student Nadia Adotevi is selected to speak at the major international epilepsy conference.

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BHRC student prize winners at AWCBR

Thursday, 21 September 2017 1:46pm

BHRC PhD students Hannah Best and Ashwini Hariharan win prizes at the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research for Best Student Oral Presentation and Best Student Poster Presentation earlier this month.

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Psychoactive Substances in New Zealand

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:16am

Dr Shakila Rizwan and Dr Andrea Vernall explain what the Psychoactive Substances Act has meant for legal highs, and what it could mean for neuroscience research

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Learning about learning

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:15pm

Simon Fisher's remarkable discovery about dopamine could change the way we look at learning

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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Getting the Meds Right

Monday, 24 July 2017 12:16pm

Medication for mental disorders such as anxiety and depression can be life-changing - if the right medication can be found. But finding the right treatment for an individual can be a difficult task.

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Award winning student talks stress and success

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 12:55pm

Julia Gouws has won both the BMS dean's prize for best summer scholarship report, and OMSRS summer student speaker award. How did she do it?

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The Imaginative Brain

Monday, 3 July 2017 5:16pm

Professor Donna Rose Addis explains why memory and imagination are so entwined.

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Food and Exercise for a Healthy Brain

Monday, 29 May 2017 10:15am

How do we keep our brains healthy as we age? Dr Liana Machado provides some answers in her brain week interview.

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Public Lecture - Professor Donna Rose Addis

Friday, 19 May 2017 12:07pm

Professor Donna Rose Addis will be giving a public lecture, titled 'The Imaginative Brain' on June 7th 2017

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Brain Week Interview with Andrew Clarkson

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:45am

Dr Andrew Clarkson talks about his work developing a drug to treat stroke

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Quit or Persist?

Monday, 15 May 2017 12:10pm

Why do we give up when we should keep going?

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Art Competition - A Window Into The Brain

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 12:48pm

This year, in conjunction with our yearly conference, the BHRC is running an art competition!

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Calvin Kai Young - Mind Control

Thursday, 13 April 2017 4:35pm

Dr Calvin Kai Young explains how our world is catching up to science fiction

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Brain Day Interview With Angus McMorland

Thursday, 6 April 2017 4:38pm

Dr Angus McMorland explains how we can use brain signals to get around movement disorders.

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Richard Prentice - 2017 Helen Rosa Thacker Scholar

Thursday, 6 April 2017 4:22pm

Richard Prentice, our 2017 Helen Rosa Thacker scholar, is working on a way of making antiepileptics more accessible.

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Counting Sheep - 10 Facts about Sleep

Thursday, 6 April 2017 4:13pm

Dr Celia Lie and Regina Hegemann explain the importance of sleep

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What can babies tell us about vision?

Thursday, 6 April 2017 12:43pm

Are babies born as a blank slate, or are we all predisposed to develop in specific ways?

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Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:56am

The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.

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Raising awareness of chronic pain

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:02pm

After many years of studying Parkinson's disease, researcher Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie is looking in chronic pain and its effects on the structure of the brain.

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How Many Brain Cells Do You Have?

Friday, 10 March 2017 8:46am

Recent research puts to rest a 150 year old controversy about the number of cells in the human brain

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Moving within the Neuron - Dr Laura Gumy Seminar

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 11:49am

Dr Laura Gumy, from the University of Otago anatomy department, talks about how proteins get to where they need to go inside a neuron

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The Age of Bionics - Professor Rob Shepherd Seminar

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 11:51am

Professor Rob Shepherd of the Bionics Institute explains recent research into cochlear implants, brain stimulation, and bionic eyes.

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Brain Week 2017 Programme

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 4:35pm

The official programme for Brain Week 2017

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The Effect of Placebo on Heart Surgery Recovery

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:54am

The placebo effect has been known to affect the mind, but can it help the body recover from surgery?

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New Steps in Concussion Diagnosis

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:57am

We hear more and more about the side effects of concussion, but how do we diagnose it?

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Hannah Best's Batten Disease Research

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:58am

Hannah Best, our 2017 Roche scholar, and how her PhD could help children with Batten disease.

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BHRC Researchers Praised in He Kitenga

Friday, 3 February 2017 10:39am

Three BHRC researchers have been included in the University of Otago 2016 research highlights.

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2016 Roche Scholarship Awarded to Hannah Best

Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:42pm

And the 2016 Roche Hanns Möhler Doctoral Scholarship goes to...

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BHRC researcher John Reynolds promoted to full professor

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 11:42am

Brain Health Research Centre researcher John Reynolds has been promoted to full professor.

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The Effect of THC on the Dopamine System

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:14pm

A recent review of research shows that THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, alters the dopamine system in the brain.

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Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Monday, 19 December 2016 12:15pm

A team of researchers, including Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir of the BHRC, have examined the genetic underpinnings of SUDEP.

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A Molecule Which Can Improve Memory Function

Friday, 16 December 2016 12:17pm

BHRC researchers have found that a molecule related to amyloid-beta can improve the memory of impaired individuals

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Cognitive Decline After Stroke

Friday, 16 December 2016 12:18pm

Dr Andrew Clarkson has validated what stroke sufferers have been reporting for years: Memory problems get worse weeks after stroke.