The 2017 Attitude Awards are being held tonight in Auckland. We are proud to have CatWalk Trustee Emeritus Professor Louise Nicholson as a finalist in the Making a Difference category. Professor Louise Nicholson is an internationally respected neuroscientist, having dedicated her life to it. She’s passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. As part of Professor Richard Faull’s development of the Centre for Brain Research Centre (CBR), a concerted focus was put on all neurological issues and research to improve their outcomes. Louise’s contribution to science has extended to her enthusiasm for one of the largest student competitions in NZ, the Brain Bee Challenge, to promote neuroscience careers to NZ youth in 2007. After years of terrible headaches, which had been put down to migraines from working too hard, Louise was diagnosed with a brain tumour. There was a period of recovery, before she returned to work at Auckland University. Louise and her husband Jon also donated $1 million to support PhD students working to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.