Rare Genetic Diseases of the Brain.

30-31 August 2018, Rydges Hotel

Jointly co-ordinated by AWCBR and QMB

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Organising committee headed by Dr Emma Scotter, University of Auckland and including Miriam Rodrigues, Auckland District Health Board; Jayne Mclean, University of Auckland; Dr. Stephanie Hughes, University of Otago

This satellite brings together researchers of rare brain diseases linked to genetic risk. The satellite will include sessions for Cellular and animal models of rare genetic brain disease, Disease mechanisms, The patient journey and clinical trials for rare genetic brain disease, Emerging therapeutic strategies, and more. There will be presentations from leaders of key research resources in New Zealand, including patient registries, tissue banks and genomics resources. We invite participants to present, in oral or poster format, clinical or biomedical research of rare genetic brain diseases, particularly using technologies or exploring disease mechanisms of common interest across diseases.

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Collette Bromhead, NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders
A/Prof. Mirella Dottori, University of Wollongong
Prof. Peter Dearden, Genomics Aotearoa
Prof. Christopher Shaw, King’s College London
Raewyn Idoine, Southern HDEC
Anjali Henders, Queenland University
A/Prof. Bradley Turner, Florey Institute, Melbourne
Prof. Cliff Abraham, University of Otago and BRNZ
Dr. Tracey Dickson, Tasmania University
A/Prof. Maurice Curtis, University of Auckland
Prof. Mike Dragunow, University of Auckland
Miriam Rodrigues, NZ NMD Disease Registry, Auckland DHB
Jayne McLean, NZ MND Research Network, University of Auckland
Courtney Forgeng, Genetic Health NZ
A/Prof. Richard Roxbourgh, Auckland City Hospital
Prof. Russell Snell, University of Auckland (shared with Gene Technologies) 
A/Prof. Imke Tammen, University of Sydney (shared with Gene Technologies)
Dr. Ronald Melki, Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience

NZORD prizes for best student presentations

To recognise and encourage future rare disease researchers, the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) will  this year sponsor prizes for the best student presentations at the Queenstown Satellite Meeting on Rare Brain Diseases

There are two prizes: Best Student Talk ($250) and Best Student Poster Presentation ($250).

The presentations will be judged by Dr Stephanie Hughes (University of Otago) and Dr Collette Bromhead (NZORD Chief Executive). Winners will be announced at the end of the Satellite meeting on the 31st of August.

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Key Dates:
Friday 13 July, 2018
QRW Earlybird Registration Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
QRW Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
AWCBR Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
Major Awards Application Deadline
QRW Updates: