With a growing elderly population worldwide, there is an increasing prevalence of diseases related to the ageing brain. The need for an arsenal of technologies that can prevent, detect and treat these diseases is becoming more urgent now than ever. The CoREs championing brain and medical technology research in New Zealand brought together some of their brightest minds at the recent Annual Brain & Technology Symposium on the 11th and 12th of April to drive collaborations that will address this need. While researchers from Brain Research New Zealand brought their knowledge of existing clinical gaps, the MedTech CoRE members complemented this with their engineering expertise to provide solutions. The result was six interesting proposals related to the prevention, detection and treatment of ageing-related brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, dementia and stroke. Three teams were selected as finalists and a total of $50,000 was awarded for their research (more details about winning proposals here). On the overall, the symposium witnessed both CoREs taking a step towards the shared vision of lifelong brain health for people across the globe. After all, he waka eke noa– We’re all in this together.
This article was adapted from a write-up by Ella Fischer from Brain Research New Zealand.