Headlines 3 Our upcoming events We would love to see you at one of our upcoming events! All of our talks are free. To register visit our website or phone us on 0508 BRAINS (272 467). Thursday 12 October 6pm AMRF LECTURE THEATRE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND The science of concussion Dr Josh McGeown and Dr Helen Murray are passionate about both sport and neuroscience. Join them at this in-person event as they discuss their fascinating research into head injury in contact sport. (Read more on page 4). Immediately following this event, from7pm, we warmly invite our members and supporters to stay in attendance for our Annual General Meeting. This is the first time our AGM has been held in person since the disruptions of COVID-19. Both the event and the AGM will be live streamed for members and supporters who are unable to join in person. To register for the event and RSVP for the AGM (members are eligible to vote), visit You can visit our website to view our Annual Performance Report, which will be available from Monday 11 September. annual-report/ Tuesday 7 November 7pm – on ZOOM Reducing damage frombrain tumour radiation therapy Brain tumours can be devastating. Due to their potentially aggressive nature, treatment often requires surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This often comes at a significant cost to patient health, with up to 50% of patients developing radiation- induced injury to their brain. Dr Thomas Park is a Senior Research Fellow at the Neurosurgery Research Unit at the Centre for Brain Research. He and his research team are working to reveal new information about this collateral damage. (Read more on page 15). Visit for more information and to register Poetical lobe Have a way with words? The Poetical Lobe Project is seeking submissions of brain-related poetry! The Poetical Lobe will be an anthology of poetry about the brain and neurological conditions. Submissions are being sought from NewZealanders with a connection to the world of neurology; frompatients to family, doctors, nurses and researchers, to anyone else with a connection to neurological diseases. All proceeds/royalties from book sales will go to the Centre for Brain Research (CBR). Submissions close 31 October 2023. Email Loredana Podolska-Kint at fo r more information or to submit a poem!