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 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.






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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