Directorate

Brain Research New Zealand’s Directorate members are recognised internationally as leaders in their respective fields, including two members of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Co-director
Professor Wickliffe Abraham, BA, PhD; FRSNZ
University of Otago

Expert in synaptic plasticity, metaplasticity and the neural mechanisms of memory and Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Abraham is the Founder of the...

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Co-Director
Professor Peter Thorne, BSc, DipSci, PhD; CNZM
University of Auckland

Expert in diseases of the inner ear and the effects of noise and consequences of ageing on the auditory system.

Professor...

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Māori engagement and Fundraising
Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull, MBChB, PhD, DSc; FRSNZ, KNZM
University of Auckland

Expert in neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain.

Sir Richard, founding Co-Director of BRNZ, has also directed and developed the Centre...

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Director, Dementia Prevention Research Clinics
Associate Professor Lynette Tippett, MSc (1st), DipClinPsych, PhD
University of Auckland

The clinical and neuropsychological effects of neurological disorders.

Lynette Tippett is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland....

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Leadership development and capability building
Professor John Reynolds, MBChB, PhD
University of Otago

Expert in the role of neuromodulation and synaptic plasticity mechanisms in brain areas affected by Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

John Reynolds...

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Clinical Engagement
Professor Tim Anderson, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD; FRACP
University of Otago, Christchurch

Professor Tim Anderson is the Clinical Director at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute. Tim also holds the Van der...

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Māori Strategy Leader - Kaiwhakahaere Māori
Dr Hinemoa Elder, MbCHb, PhD, FRANZCP
University of Auckland

From  Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, Dr Hinemoa Elder is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland...

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Community Engagement and Education
Prof Ruth Empson, MA, PhD, DIC
University of Otago

Ruth Empson is a Professor in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago. Her research team...