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.






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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