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.

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    BRNZ Investigator Meeting in Auckland - 7th and 8th of April 2016
    07 April 2016
    PIs the opportunity to engage with the directorate and inform the CoREs research priorities and strategic direction. The Co-Directors will also feedback advice received from the Scientific Advisory Board on the CoRE’s research to date. Further details to be announced.
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    Apply now for the BRNZ Eru Thompson Māori Postdoctoral fellowship
    15 February 2016
    BRNZ is now offering a fully-funded, 2-year Eru Thompson Māori Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship will support a person identifying as Māori and holding a PhD to engage in innovative neuroscience research projects addressing any aspect of ageing-related neurological disorders, but with a preference for projects of relevance to Māori.
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    Apply for the Brain Research New Zealand Māori PhD Scholarship
    15 February 2016
    We are now offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to be taken up during 2016 for a Māori research student. This scholarship is for a highly 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).
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    Call for Abstracts: New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC) 2016
    24 November 2016
    The fourth biennial New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC) will be held on the 24-26 November 2016 at AUT city campus in Auckland, New Zealand. This conference aims to and bridge the gap between epidemiological, clinical and translational neuroscience to reduce the burden of neurological disorders in New Zealand and internationally.






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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