Biology of the Ageing Brain
In order to develop treatments that prevent or delay the onset of a neurological disorder we first have to understand its origins and its cellular mechanisms. By examining changes in genes, proteins, cells, and whole tissue we can learn more about the exact nature of a disorder, where it causes harm, how it does so, and how best to stop it.
BRNZ researchers are investigating the impact on the brain of neurodegenerative disorders like Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease at the genetic, cellular and molecular levels. We use this information to guide the development of new rehabilitation techniques, diagnostic tools, and treatments. The better we understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of a particular neurological disorder the better equipped we are to combat it.