15 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020


4:30 am - 8:30 pm



Mātai Symposium & MRathon

POSTPONED: Due to Covid-19.

15 April

Mātai Mini Science Symposium

Join us for a series of 5-10 minute inspirational science talks. Speakers include world-leading authorities on functional MRI, brain and heart science, and experts on super-fast imaging and artificial intelligence.


Lunchtime      Meet a Scientist opportunity for local senior high-school students – 1-2pm. Contact us if you would like to join the session.

Karakia by Kaumatua Taina Ngarimu

Mātai Introduction & updates

Dr Samantha Holdsworth (Mātai CEO & Director of Research, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland) and Leigh Potter (Mātai COO)

Changing paradigms in community health using high tech imaging     

Dr Daniel Cornfeld (Senior Radiologist, Hauora Tairāwhiti)

The excitement of the human brain           

Sir Richard Faull (Founding Director of the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and Distinguished Professor of Anatomy at the University of Auckland)

Brain imaging in mental health

Associate Professor Jerome Maller (Neuroscientist & Adjunct Associate Professor at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), Monash University, Australia & Australian National University)

Title: Can fMRI read your brain

Professor Richard Buxton (Physicist at UC San Diego & world leading authority on fMRI)

The sleepy brain

Professor David Dubowitz (Radiologist and neuroscientist & Director Centre for Advanced MRI, Anatomy and Medical Imaging, School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland & University of San Diego, California, U.S.A)

More to eyesight than meets the eye          

Dr Graham Wilson (Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Hauora Tairāwhiti & Principal Investigator, Dunedin Study, University of Otago)

Title: The future of stroke rehabilitation

Professor Cathy Stinear (Clinical Neuroscientist, Department of Medicine, The University of Auckland)

Lungs in Space         

Professor Kim Prisk (Department of Medicine, UC San Diego, California & the world’s leading specialist on lung function in zero gravity)

Extreme physiology as inspiration for innovation

Associate Professor Miriam Scadeng (Radiologist, Research Scientist & Head of Radiology, Anatomy and Medical Imaging, School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland & University of San Diego, California, U.S.A)

Title: TBD

Professor Graeme Bydder (UCSD Professor of Radiology, Radiologist, UC San Diego, California, U.S.A)

Imaging of the Body in Colour       

Representative from The MARS Program (UC, UO & MARS Bioimaging Ltd.)

Boosting Heart Health with an Artificial Neuron

Professor Julian Paton, Auckland Department of Physiology, University of Auckland

Mars: Imaging & imagination

Dr Lynn Hall (Astrophysicist, PhD in geophysics from MIT)

The immune system: our guardian and solution to improving human health 

Professor Graham Le Gros (Director, The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research)

Artificial Intelligence in Action      

Professor Alistair Young (Bioengineer & Professor of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at King’s College, London)

16 April


Open to coders. Join us at the Waikanae Surf Club for a fun day of surfing, swimming, coding, and collaboration. MRathon is a hackathon for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to promote problem-solving, reproducibility, collaboration and standards through open source development. For more info see or contact us for further details.

17 April

Fun Day

Activities in and around Gisborne

MRathoners and out of town guests are welcome to contact us to register for our list of activities planned for Friday.
For details on what to do in Gisborne:

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