Saturday, February 13, 2010

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Brain Day 2010: Unlock the secrets of your brain:

Mark 20 March 9am-4pm in your diary as the day you get practical tips to encourage optimum brain health for yourself and brain development for your children. All for free!

The Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation are to present a free public open day as part of International Brain Awareness Week.

Neuroscientists, clinicians and community groups invite the public to learn more about everyone's greatest asset, their brain. As well as the pratical tips seminar, the event features talks from New Zealand's leading brain experts discussing the latest research and treatment trials for brain health and disease.

Visit a science lab

The Science Lab is a rare treat for children and families, offering free science experiments and demonstrations. Practising psychologists, clinicians and neuroscientists will encourage hands-on interaction for kids - and big kids too! Fun sensory games, brain teasers and activities will round the experience off.

A Community Expo will provide advice and support for people living with brain and sensory disorders. Around 20 community support groups will be on hand to answer any questions families and whānau may have. See the full list of lectures and community groups.

Where is it being held?

The University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland. Easily accessible, Serviced by public bus services 50, 348, 487 and LINK Undercover parking for $5 all day.

The event is organised by the Centre for Brain Research at The University of Auckland in association with the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

More about brain disorders

It's estimated that one in five New Zealanders will suffer from brain disease in their lifetimes. Disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and deafness affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders every year.

Neurological diseases are among the top five most common causes of death and long-term disability. The cost to families and society, both financially and socially, is enormous.

It is not until you have a family member sufering fro mental illness, you become aware and sympathetic to the needs of those with various mental disorders.

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