NANZ 2016
Invited Speakers

Professor Richard Barohn
Chairman, University Distinguished Professor, Gertrude & Dewey Ziegler Professor, University of Kansas

 In 1998, he became the Lois C.A. and Darwin E. Smith Distinguished Chair in Neurological Mobility Research and the acting chairman of the department. In January 2001, he became the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2007, he received an endowed chair, and was named as the Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor of Neurology. In 2013, KU named him as a University Distinguished Professor, in recognition of his scholarly work.

Dr. Barohn is board certified in adult neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Barohn holds membership in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology (fellow status), the American Neurological Association, and the Association of University Professors of Neurology. He has been listed in The Best Doctors in America, national and central regions. Dr. Barohn is on the national medical advisory boards for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation and the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International and The Myositis Association. He was the recipient of the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award for Medicine from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and the University of Kansas Chancellor's Club Research Award in 2012.

His present research focuses on myopathies, (such as polymyositis and muscular dystrophy) motor neuron diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathies, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Barohn is the author of more than 200 journal publications and more than 50 book chapters on various aspects of neuromuscular disease. He has served on the editorial board for Neurology and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disorders. He was the Founding Chair of the Section of Neuromuscular Disease in the American Academy of Neurology.

He is the principal investigator on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award and the NeuroNEXT grant at KU Medical Center, and serves as the Director of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Eric Buenz

Dr Eric Buenz completed his Doctorate in Biomedical Science at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, his Master of Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas, and his Master of Agriculture at the University of the South Pacific in Samoa.

He is an expert in natural products, immunology, neurology, drug discovery and business development. He has secured United States Food and Drug Administration Investigational New Drug status for novel compounds and directed the associated clinical trials for these compounds at Mayo Clinic.

 Dr Buenz has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, many in high-impact journals such as The British Medical Journal and Trends in Pharmacological Sciences; his work has also been covered in the popular press in publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, Wired, and The Scientist. He has a wide range of business management experience from successfully securing venture funding for start-up organisations, to serving on non-profit boards, advising governments and running departments of multinational firms.

 Dr Buenz served as the Director of Global Medical Affairs and Scientific Marketing in a private-equity held firm that was sold to Terumo, one of the largest medical companies, for 2.63B USD in 2012.

Professor Gavin Davis

Professor Gavin Davis is a medical graduate of the University of Melbourne (MB.BS), and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS Neurosurgery). Post Fellowship peripheral nerve surgery in New Orleans (USA) with Professor David Kline was followed with advanced fellowship training in Neurosurgery, including intraventricular endoscopy, at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham (UK). 

Gavin Davis is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA), an international member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in the USA, and former Chair of Medical Staff at Cabrini Hospital. Gavin Davis holds University appointments with the University of Melbourne, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute; is Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and is a member of the Australian Football League (AFL) Concussion Working Group.


Peripheral Nerve Surgery

In addition to a strong clinical expertise in Brachial Plexus Surgery and peripheral nerve surgery, Professor Gavin Davis has a major research interest in tumours of peripheral nerves, including Pancoast tumours, and has lectured at major International Neurosurgical Conferences, and published journal articles on peripheral nerve surgery in major national & international neurosurgical journals.

Sports-related Concussion

Prof Gavin Davis has an active research interest in Sports-related concussion, including concussion in adults and children, and has lectured at the International Conference on Concussion in Sport, at FIFA HQ in Zurich, and is a member of the AFL Concussion Working Group, developing the AFL Concussion Guidelines
Professor Gareth Parry
Professor of Neurology Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Program and Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN

 Gareth Parry, MB, ChB, FRACP, is Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.  He also serves as Medical Director of the University of Minnesota MS Center and the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. 

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand, he came to the United States to study neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, he held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California at San Francisco, and Louisiana State University at New Orleans.  
He was also Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. 
His career-long research interest has focused on immune-mediated diseases of the nervous system, including multiple sclerosis (MS).  He has been the principal investigator for numerous research studies of immunotherapies for MS.  

He has served on the Medical Advisory Board of the MS Society of Louisiana, and is currently Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter. 

His research has been published in many book chapters and peer-reviewed journals including Neurology, Muscle Nerve, andNeurophysiology. He is also an ad hoc grant and journal reviewer, and serves on editorial boards. He is an active member of professional organizations including his past role as President of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.
Deborah Robinson

Deb is the former All Blacks team doctor, having recently handed over the reins to Dr Tony Page. She is currently providing medical services for the Crusaders.

Deb consults in all aspects of sports medicine with a special interest in issues of children and adolescents in sport.

Dr Alice Theadom
Deputy Director of NISAN / Senior Lecturer

Alice is a NZ Registered Psychologist. She undertook her training in the UK, completing her undergraduate honours degree in Psychology at the University of Essex and MSc in Health Psychology at Surrey University. Alice subsequently completed a period of supervised training in psychology and the Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology through the British Psychological Society. Alice leads the traumatic brain injury and neuromuscular research programmes at NISAN and is also involved in research into the psychological aspects of living with a neurological condition.

Research Methods:
Alice is involved in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research projects including epidemiological studies, clinical trials, interpretive descriptive and content analysis research and systematic reviews.

Research Interests:
Epidemiology of neurological illness and injury, application of psychological interventions in rehabilitation, exploring the role and management of sleep in health, individual adjustment to illness and effects of ill health on family/whanau.

Publications, Awards and Honours  
Alice has published many authored and co-authored >60 journal articles in a range of rehabilitation and psychology journals including; The Lancet Neurology, European Journal of Neurology, Disability and Rehabilitation, Sleep Medicine and the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Alice is Assistant Editor for the journal Neuroepidemiology, and a member of the Medical Advisory Board to Fibromyalgia Action UK. Alice was awarded the AUT University Vice Chancellor's Academic Excellence Award for Emerging Researcher in 2013