Welcome to Brain Research New Zealand - A Centre of Research Excellence

  • BRNZ brings together 67 research groups spread all over New Zealand. Our collaborative community-focused approach is unprecedented for research in New Zealand. 
  • We are striving to unlock the secrets of the ageing brain and producing a seismic shift in how researchers, clinicians and community groups partner together.  
  • Find out more about our interventions and treatments for neurodegenerative disorders of the ageing brain; such as Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Huntington's Disease. 
  • When we share and collaborate in order to improve health outcomes for older people, the outcome is a healthier and happier New Zealand.  




Our Challenge, Ageing New Zealanders

  • 600,000 people in NZ are aged over 65 years in 2014
  • 1.2 million people will be aged over 65 years by 2036
  • One-in-three of those over 65 years will develop an ageing-related brain disorder (primarily AD/dementia and/or stroke)


A new national partnership

Our mission is to unlock the secrets of the Ageing Brain and develop new therapies and better clinical and community care to enhance life-long brain health for all New Zealanders in partnership with the Community.

Our Research

Cohesive and vision-focused approach to research

Our unique neuroscience model is centered around research collaboration, this is crucial for addressing all aspects of The Ageing Brain, aggregating multi-disciplinary teams across the country.

  • Goodbye and good luck to DPRC Clinical Research Nurse Karen Smith
    07 October 2016
    After six years in New Zealand, Clinical Research Nurse Karen Smith is heading back to her original home in the UK for her next exciting clinical role.
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    Call for BRNZ PhD Scholarship Applications
    23 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) is pleased to announce a new call for applications for BRNZ PhD Scholarships.
    BRNZ call for Māori PhD Scholarship Applications
    22 September 2016
    Brain Research New Zealand is delighted to announce a call for Māori PhD Scholarship applications. We are offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to be taken up during 2017 for a Māori research student. This scholarship is for an innovative neuroscience research project that relates to the ageing brain, based at any one of the following institutions (the Universities of Otago, Canterbury, Auckland, or AUT). This prestigious scholarship includes funding for tuition fees plus 3 years stipend at $28,000 per year tax-free, plus $6,000 in working expenses.
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    6th Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific Symposium
    23 August 2016
    (BMAP) 2016 will be taking place from the 23rd to 25th of August at the Fisher and Paykel Clinical Education Centre located at Auckland City hospital.






Our research themes

Theme 1: Neurodiscovery Genes Cells and Networks

Theme 2: Neurobiomarkers and disease indicators

Theme 3: Neuroplasticity, brain changes and adaptation

Theme 4: Prevention intervention and delivery

Brain Research New Zealand is Centre of Research Excellence co-hosted by the University of Auckland and the University of Otago



University of Canterbury
University of Auckland
University of Otago
AUT University

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