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NEDTALKS – Important conversations about your brain

August 22, 2019 | Education, Event, Life with MS, Treatments

MS Taranaki NED TALKS on Brain Health: Time Matters

Saturday 31st August, 10am to 3pm (lunch included) at Plymouth International (Quality Hotel), 220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth.

Hosted by Graham Walker, President MS Taranaki Inc with invited guests from the Taranaki District Health Board and staff.


If yourself or a friend/family member has a neurological disorder such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Motor Neuron Disease, Muscular Dystrophy or Stroke, or you simply have an interest in brain health this is an important event for you!

NEDTalks (Neuro Education and Discussion) are intended to serve our personal understanding of optimising our brain health and the improvement of services in Taranaki for people with neurological conditions. Brain Health: Time Matters on August 31 2019 will address the Report and Recommendations from Brain Health: Time Matters while discussing the services currently available in Taranaki.

The below presenters will be in attendance, due to availability this is subject to change:

Neil Woodhams – Neil has had an extensive career in senior healthcare at a governance and senior management level in both the public and private sectors. He is a former senior executive of the Midland RHA and was Chief Operating Officer of Auckland DHB. Neil is Vice-President of Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand, President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Auckland and a Trustee of the recently formed NZ Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust. Neil recently resigned from the Pharmac Consumer Advisory Panel.

Gordon Jackman (CEO Duncan Foundation) – Established in 2017, the Duncan Foundation is a new national support service for people living with neuromuscular conditions, and the health professionals who treat and support them. As a new service, their focus is initially on supporting recently diagnosed Parkinson’s, Friedreich’s ataxia, Dystonia, and Late Effects of Polio, but will expand to other neuromuscular conditions over time.

Professor Helmut Butzkueven (Neuroscience Research) – Helmut is a Professor of Research, in the Van Cleef Centre for Nervous Diseases, Department of Neuroscience, within the Central Clinical School; joint Director of the MS Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Director of the MS service at Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne; Chairman of the MSBase Foundation that funds and administers a global online MS cohort study with more than 20,300 patients in 64 centres across 27 countries. His research focuses on development of new biomarkers for axonal degeneration in MS and understanding the effects of MS risk genes.

Taryn Quinn (Pharmacist – Disease Modifying Therapies) – Recently returned from the UK in role as the lead pharmacist for Neurosciences at Imperial College NHS trust. Prescribing pharmacist specialising in MS disease modifying therapies (prescribing and monitoring fingolimod, dimethyl fumarate, alemtuzumab, Cladribine, Ocrelizumab, Natalizumab for over a thousand patients). Current clinical pharmacist at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Frances James (TDHB Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychology) – Master of Science (Honours) Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Doctor of Philosophy (Psychiatry), University of Auckland, Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Psychology, Massey University.

Dr Dianne Stokes (Parkinsons Team Taranaki Base Hospital)

Dr Jennifer Pereira (Neurologist) – Trained in neurology at Auckland City Hospital. MS research fellowship, Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge (UK). MD focused on immunological changes after treatment of MS with alemtuzumab. Currently consultant neurologist in the Dept of Neurology at Auckland City Hospital.

Gilly Davy (Neurological Physiotherapist) – The founder of MS Get a Head Start, owner and clinical lead neurological physiotherapist at Connect Neuro Physiotherapy in Auckland. Awarded the Australian IPSEN award for contribution to neurological physiotherapy in 2016 and an honorary clinical fellow of Australian Catholic University. Gilly strongly believes that exercise is medicine and those living with neurological conditions need to be provided the hope that a better life is possible.

To view the full detailed programme read the event leaflet here and to book your ticket via Eventbrite please review NED TALKS on Brain Health:Time Matters.