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Post-Stroke Protection & Repair

Post-Stroke Protection & Repair

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  • Wed 4 Jul ’12, 10:00am – 12:00pm


Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand presents Post-stroke protection & repair: Moving forward in the 21st century. This public lecture is part of our 2012 Annual Appeal.

Injuries to the brain or spinal cord from stroke, trauma or neurodegenerative disease result in the loss of limb function with limited potential for recovery.

Currently, there is no effective drug treatment to promote recovery from stroke and the main treatment used following a stroke is physical therapy. Patients embark on a long, hard process in order to regain some normal limb function. We have recently discovered novel pathways in the brain associated with recovery after injury. Dr Andrew Clarkson will explain this exciting discovery and discuss the mechanisms of sprouting new connections in the brain and the unmasking of silent brain cells that aid in functional recovery.

Dr Clarkson's research expertise and focus in the field of post-stroke regeneration and repair mechanisms. His resesarch is directed at promoting recovery of function following a stroke.

Dr Clarkson and his research colleagues at the universities of Otago and California made worldwide news headlines in 2010 with their discovery of the regenerative effect of a drug compound in stroke recovery. The results of the study, which Dr Clarkson led, have been published online in the scientific journal Nature. The research is continuing and human trials for the drug could be as close as two years away. In 2009, he was awarded a Neurological Foundation Repatriation Fellowship which paved the way for him to return from UCLA to the University of Otago where he is now a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anatomy.

No bookings required to attend this lecture. Please arrive early to secure seating. Held in the Ballroom.

For further information please phone 0508 BRAINS (0508 272 467) or email info@neurological.org.nz.

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