While rodent models led to advances in the understanding of this disease, there was still no cure available to families. It became apparent that an animal with a larger body and brain size plus a longer life span, would give a better understanding of this slowly progressive disease. Consequently a research flock of South Australian sheep was been established in Adelaide, made possible by the early and on-going support from Freemasons.
The Foundation, for the 3rd time, assisted in bringing Professor Anne Young, former Head Neurologist at Harvard University, Boston to New Zealand for the Australasian Conference on Brain Research in 2013.
We also provide assistance to the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brian Research in organising the North Island portion of the Brain Bee Challenge – one of the largest secondary school competitions with more than 1500 year 11 student competitors quizzed about their knowledge of the brain.