Our Network

We aim to involve our community through public dissemination of the latest research and develop meaningful partnerships with patients, families and organisations across New Zealand.

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University of Otago

The BHRC comprises neuroscientists and clinicians spread widely across the Dunedin campus. Specialist facilities available to the CoRE include the Otago Microscopy Unit, containing suites for electron and confocal microscopy, the Genomics Facility, a purpose built PC2 animal Behaviour Phenotyping Unit, an academic Neurosurgery Unit, and the Department of Anatomy laser capture micro-dissection unit. A clinical MRI scanner, located in the Radiology Department of Dunedin Hospital, adjacent to the Medical School, provides functional imaging and is used for brain disorder and recovery research. The Otago Co-Director, Professor Abraham, the Business Manager and Administrator will be located in Psychology.

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University of Auckland

Research groups are distributed across the University of Auckland, but mainly focussed within the Grafton Campus, the School of Psychology, the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and the School of Population Health at the Auckland City and Tamaki campuses as part of the CBR. Facilities include proteomic and molecular biologic facilities, outpatient clinics and clinical trial laboratories, purpose-designed fundamental neuroscience research laboratories and support facilities together with academic and administrative accommodation. Specialist facilities available to the CoRE include the Centre for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI) and the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit (BIRU), located in FMHS with tunnel linkages to Auckland City Hospital. The Auckland Co-Director, Professor Faull, the Communications and Outreach Manager and the Auckland Administrator will be located in this facility.

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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN) is in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at the AUT University Akoranga Campus. Specialist facilities available include the Neuropsychology Laboratory for high-density EEG, the Academic Neurology Clinic and the NZ Dizziness and Balance Centre. An ultrasound scanning unit, in the Rehabilitation Department, is used for recovery research.

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University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury hosts the Bluefern Supercomputing Unit, which is available to all researchers and has particular importance to not only modellers but also to those wishing to “mine” significant amounts of data, for example brain slice data.

 

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New Zealand Brain Research Institute (NZBRI)

The NZBRI is located in Christchurch, near Christchurch Hospital. It accommodates researchers from the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, and the Canterbury District Health Board. The NZBRI accesses the 3T MRI scanner in the same building and PET and multispectral CT scanners through collaboration with Christchurch Radiology group. Other specialist facilities include neuropsychology assessment labs, 64-channel EEG (MRI compatible), video-oculography, and advanced swallowing instrumental assessment. The NZBRI hosts specialist Parkinson’s and Huntington’s clinics, the PD database and 6-year longitudinal study, the Mild Cognitive Impairment Longitudinal Study, and the Huntington’s database.

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Regional District Health Boards

The Northern Clinical Hub is in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Auckland City Hospital. These departments provide neurological care for the greater Auckland region and bring together hospital wards, outpatient clinics, neurological investigation units, the Julius Brendel Trust Neuroscience Research Unit and medical and nursing staff offices. Southern DHB and Canterbury DHB both host Otago Medical School Clinical Schools, employ academic clinicians and have a track record of facilitating clinical research.