Welcome to the Christchurch Dementia Prevention Research Clinic (Christchurch Clinic)

The Christchurch Clinic is based at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute.

Led by Professors John Dalrymple-Alford and Tim Anderson, the Christchurch Clinic is run collaboratively between researchers from Brain Research New Zealand, the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, the University of Otago and health professionals at the Canterbury District Health Board.

John and Tim lead a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, psychologists, research nurses, blood technicians and brain imaging experts. The Christchurch clinical team evaluates research volunteers with mild cognitive problems and follows them at least annually to document the brain changes that occur with ageing.

Research volunteers who join the study, will undergo a series of assessments over time, allowing our researchers to look for early indicators of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and to develop innovative ways to detect these diseases at a very early stage.

How to Find Us
The Christchurch clinic is located at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, 66 Stewart Street, Christchurch central. Click here for our full contact details, or find us using the map below.

MEET THE TEAM

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Christchurch Clinic Co-Director, Neurologist
Professor Tim Anderson, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRACP
University of Otago, Christchurch

Professor Tim Anderson is the Co-Director of the Christchurch Dementia Prevention Clinic. He is also Clinical Director at the New...

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Christchurch Clinic Co-Director, Psychologist
Professor John Dalrymple-Alford, BSc, PhD
University of Canterbury

John Dalrymple-Alford is the Co-Director of the Christchurch Dementia Prevention Clinic. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University...

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Clinical team member, Geriatrician
Dr John Elliot, BMedSc, MBChB(Otago), PhD(Flin), FRACP
Canterbury District Health Board
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Senior Research Fellow
Dr Tracy Melzer, BA, BSc(Hons), PhD
University of Otago, Christchurch

Tracy is a medical physicist with expertise in brain imaging. He oversees the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) associated with the...

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Research Coordinator
Marie Goulden, RGON BN
New Zealand Brain Research Institute

Marie Goulden is the Research Coordinator for the Christchurch Dementia Prevention Research Clinic, making her the first point of contact...

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Research Fellow
Dr Toni Pitcher, BSc (Hons), PhD
University of Otago, Christchurch

Toni Pitcher is a neuroscientist based at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, where her research has primarily been focused...

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Neuropsychologist
Karelia Levin, DipClinPsyc

Karelia Levin is clinical neuropsychologist with over twenty five years’ experience. In her role in the Christchurch Clinic, Karelia provides...