Helping research in spinal cord injury

News — By on October 20, 2017 1:45 pm

For 28 years Professor Louise Nicholson (now professor emeritus) has given the gift of her passion and expertise to her colleagues, her students and the wider community.

In the process she has earned much respect and appreciation in New Zealand and overseas.

On her retirement earlier this year, Louise, an internationally respected neurologist, made the decision, with her husband Jon, to donate $1 million to the University of Auckland.

This, the largest single gift ever presented to the University by a staff member, will help enable work in her field to continue by providing funding for a PhD student working on spinal cord injury and repair at the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility, which she helped to found.

During her time at the University Louise was involved not only in teaching, research and administrative roles but also with the running of the Brain Bee Challenge, which encourages secondary students to develop an interest in the brain and neuroscience, and has attracted many of these young people into scientific careers.

Her family has many rich connections with the University, beginning with the enrolment of her mother in 1938 at what was then Auckland College of the University of New Zealand and continuing through four generations to the recent graduation of her eldest grandson, Taylor.

Photo: Louise leads the Graduation parade in autumn this year, just before her retirement.

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