Our Leadership


Professor Richard Faull MBChB, PhD, DSc; FRSNZ, ONZM

Expert in neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain

Professor Faull has directed and developed the Centre for Brain Research since its founding in 2009 creating one of the pre-eminent neuroscience research centres in Australasia.

Professor Faull has extensive leadership and management experience at the University of Auckland (Head of Department of Anatomy with Radiology 1988-2000, Council Member 2001-2009, numerous senior academic committees), and has made major leadership contributions to international neuroscience societies and scientific advisory organisations.

He has attracted and managed external research and philanthropic funding, and established the internationally recognised Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Human Brain Bank.

He continues to be actively involved (as Patron and sponsor) in a wide range of community organisations associated with supporting patients with neurological disorders. Read more


Co- Director

Professor Wickliffe Abraham BA, PhD; FRSNZ

Expert in synaptic plasticity, metaplasticity and the neural mechanisms of memory and Alzheimer’s disease

Professor Abraham is the Founder of the Brain Health Research Centre. Continuously funded by the MRC/HRC for 26 years, during which time he has served as Director of HRC Programme grants for 16 years (1994-2004, 2010-2015), spanning seven departments and two academic Divisions.

Professor Abraham has attracted and managed research grants, including multiple HRC and Marsden grants, a Human Frontiers grant and a subcontract to an NIH Javits award.

He also has extensive leadership experience, having served as the Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Otago (2003-2005).

He is a founding member (since 1983) and then Chair for 11 years of the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. Read more

Distinguished Prof Richard Faull and Prof Wickliffe Abraham