Neurolgical Foundation of New Zealand

Official partner to Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

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Dr Andrew Clarkson - Click here for more info

Dr Clarkson has been blazing a neurological research trail since he was awarded the Neurological Foundation Philip Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006. This work took him offshore for a few years, to UCLA, before a Neurological Foundation Repatriation Fellowship returned him home to a senior research role at University of Otago in 2010. Dr Clarkson’s […]

  • University of Otago
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Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie - Click here for more info

Dr Parr-Brownlie’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie voluntary movements and the movement deficits of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 8000 people in New Zealand. To optimise current therapies or develop novel treatments for Parkinson’s disease, there’s a critical need to fully understand both the normal […]

  • Senior Lecturer

  • University of Otago
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Professor Ruth Empson - Click here for more info

Professor Ruth Empson’s laboratory uses a combination of electrophysiology, live imaging and molecular approaches to better understand the consequences of modifications to neuronal circuits. She is interested in those circuits or networks within the cerebellum and motor cortex that contribute to our ability to make controlled movements. This research has relevance for highly debilitating and […]

  • Professor

  • University of Otago
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Professor Darryl Tong - Click here for more info

Professor Tong is a specialist maxillofacial surgeon at the University of Otago and Dunedin Hospital. He is also the NZDF Health Reserves Advisor and a Colonel in the New Zealand Army Reserves. Prof Tong has a wide range of research and teaching interests which include clinical (trauma and military surgery), biomechanical (forensic biology and subconcussion […]

  • Professor and Associate Dean (International), Division of Health Sciences

  • University of Otago
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Professor John Sullivan - Click here for more info

Professor Sullivan’s research includes Clinical Neurophysiology, Motor Control, Therapeutic Massage, Clinical Measurement, Sports-Related Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Activity, Rehabilitation and Sports Injury. His current research interests are sports-related concussion: – identification and screening, reporting practices, parents Professor Sullivan has also developed and taught a wide range of courses at all levels including an innovative […]

  • Professor

  • University of Otago
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Professor John Dalrymple-Alford - Click here for more info

John Dalrymple-Alford is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. He completed his post-doctoral training in Strasbourg, France. Professor Dalrymple-Alford is also part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute in central Christchurch. He pursues two related areas of research, in basic and clinical neuroscience. His […]

  • Professor of Psychology

  • University of Canterbury
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Dr Teddy Wu - Click here for more info

Dr Teddy Wu began his neurology advanced training in December 2010 and completed his core neurology requirements at the end of 2013. Stroke treatment became his sub specialty area and he has developed a particular interest in acute therapy (treatment of stroke at the critical care stage). In 2014 Dr Wu was awarded the Neurological […]

  • Clinical Neurologist

  • Canterbury District Health Board
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Dr Tracy Melzer - Click here for more info

Dr Tracy Melzer is MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Research Manager at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute (NZBRI) in Christchurch. He works within the Parkinson’s disease research group that has recruited one of the world’s largest single-centre cohorts of well-characterised Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with MRI data. This cohort is unique and is the result […]

  • MRI Research Manager

  • New Zealand Brain Research Institue