University of Otago Brain Health Research Centre director
Prof Cliff Abraham and centre communications manager Alexis
Poppelbaum with the inflatable brain recently acquired by
the centre. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The University of Otago Brain Health Research Centre has
joined forces with the Otago Museum to offer a ''Brain
Awareness Week'' at the museum, starting on March 10.
The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand has organised an
annual awareness-raising ''Brain Day'', in association with
the research centre, for the past eight years.
This year's ''Brain Day'' will be held on March 15.
Members of the public will be able to learn more about the
brain by walking into a 5.5m-high inflatable brain, made
available by the centre, near the museum on March 15 and 16.
Among the week's highlights will be a Brain Awareness Family
Day at the museum on March 16, from 11am to 3pm.
Activities will include mind games and expert talks.
Neurological Foundation professor of neurosurgery Prof Dirk
De Ridder will take part, including participating in a panel
discussion at 11.30am on ''Brain Day''. The week's events,
which are free, are suitable for an adult audience.
The activities start on March 10, with Otago neuroscientist
Prof Liz Franz explaining how the brain can be tricked, and
the science behind this.
She is one of three participants at a 12.30pm session, which
delves into aspects of the subconscious.
On March 11 at 7pm, Otago University vice-chancellor Prof
Harlene Hayne and fellow researchers Dr Christine Jasoni and
Prof Bob Knight will discuss aspects of the brain and give
useful tips for keeping it healthy.
The research centre, which has been operating since 2006,
will be formally launched at a university function early next