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Sir Richard Faull

Main Meeting:  6th November 2018 

Guest Speaker:  Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull 
“The Magic of the Human Brain”

Sir Richard Faull is Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research Excellence “Brain Research New Zealand”. Sir Richard Faull fell in love with the human brain as a third year medical student and subsequently pursued exciting research unravelling the marvels and secrets of the human brain. He has established an international reputation for his research studies on the human neurodegenerative diseases – Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neuron diseases – which was made possible through the establishment of a human brain bank in partnership with the community. He is passionately committed to helping and giving hope through research to families and people who are touched by brain disorders.
His research achievements have been recognized by several awards.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand; has been awarded New Zealand’s highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal, the Liley Medal by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and received the Supreme Award in the 2010 World Class New Zealand Awards.
He was appointed Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland in 2012, the Sir Paul Reeves Lecturer in 2013, a 2016 Hood Fellowship, and appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to medical research in the 2017 New Year Honours.  


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Overview of our Monthly Meetings
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.

The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.