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Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research is New Zealand's premier neuroscience gathering - sadly postponed until 2021

Kia ora All

Extraordinary times for us, so sadly in light of the uncertainty with COVID-19, the AWCBR Organising Committee has decided to postpone AWCBR 2020 until 2021.

Thank you to all our wonderful speakers and symposia organisers and speakers that we had already lined up for this year; our aim is to persuade them to come in 2021.

Those who have already registered will be reimbursed.

Our dates for 2021 will be 28 August to 3 September, and I look forward to welcoming you to our great conference then. In the meantime, please stay well and look after yourselves, your families and your research families.

Noho ora mai (all best wishes),
Ruth Empson

2021 dates

28 August to 3 September 2021

About the conference

In 2019 it will be held from 31 August to 4 September at the Crowne Plaza, Queenstown, New Zealand. AWCBR encourages a multidisciplinary approach to neuroscience and is structured around early morning, late afternoon and evening sessions. This leaves your day free for interaction with other participants while enjoying the pleasures of New Zealand's most popular winter resort (skiing, jet-boating, bungy jumping, paragliding, hiking, rafting or just relaxing).

An invitation to our conference

We sincerely hope you are able to accept our invitation to attend and participate in New Zealand's annual international Neuroscience conference. AWCBR provides the opportunity for you to organise a symposium on your special topic of interest. Please contact Dr Karl Iremonger if you plan to organise a symposium.

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We are very pleased to announce that our international invited speakers for 2019 include:

  • Professor David Spanswick, Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Australia
  • Professor Gal Richter-Levin, Sagol Department of Neurobiology and Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Associate Professor Zachary Knight, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Professor Dean Mobbs, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Department of Humanities and Social Science and Computation and Neural Systems Program, Pasadena, CA, USA

Symposium List for 2019

PsychoNeuroImmunology Across the Lifespan

Associate Professor Sarah Spencer - RMIT University, Australia
Professor Deborah Hodgson - University of Newcastle, Australia
Associate Professor Suzi Hong - University of California San Diego, United States of America
Dr Atsuyoshi Shimada - Faculty of Health Sciences, Kyorin University, Japan

Brain Plasticity – From Neurogenesis to Cell Remodelling

Professor Michael Kaplan - Waikato Hospital, New Zealand
Professor Maurice Curtis - University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Helen Murray - University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri - Queensland Brain Institute, Australia
Dr Lachlan Thompson - Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia

Homeostatic Neural Circuits

Dr Stephanie Padilla - University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America
Dr Joon Kim - University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Stuart McDougall - Florey Institute, Australia
Associate Professor Zane Andrews - Monash University, Australia

Pain - Perception, Models, Mechanisms, Novel Treatments and Human Cost

Associate Professor John Ashton - University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie - University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Wendy Imlach - Monash University, Australia
Associate Professor Bronwyn Kivell - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Professor Ruth Empson - University of Otago, New Zealand
Professor David Spanswick - Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Australia

AWCBR poster2017 for web