From brain recovery and sleep research to epilepsy in tamariki Māori - nearly 100 neurological research projects have been disrupted due to Covid. 1 in 5 Kiwis are affected by conditions like dementia, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson's, brain injury, and over 700 more.
The pandemic has disrupted researchers working on preventions, treatments and cures in 92 different projects, with some losing a year's worth of lab work. The Neurological Foundation has come up with over $1.2m to support researchers during the lockdowns, and to provide funds to get those projects back up and running. Kathryn speaks with Dr Thomas Park, who's researching glioblastoma - an aggressive brain and spinal cord cancer, and Dr Deidre Jansson who's researching the impact of poor sleep on brain repair and recovery.