Neurolgical Foundation of New Zealand

Official partner to Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

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Professor Dirk De Ridder - Click here for more info

Professor Dirk De Ridder holds the position of the inaugural Neurological Foundation Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Otago – this position is New Zealand’s first Professor of Neurosurgery role. Formerly a neurosurgeon at one of Belgium’s leading hospitals, Antwerp University Hospital, Professor De Ridder founded and directed both a brain research centre there, […]

  • Neurological Foundation Professor of Neurosurgery

  • University of Otago
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Dr Jessie Jacobsen - Click here for more info

Jessie received a Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship to complete a PhD on Huntington’s disease at The University of Auckland.  Her doctoral research won her the MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year award in 2007.  Following the completion of her PhD she received a Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Philip Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at […]

  • Neuroscientist

  • School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland
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Associate Professor Ruth Empson - Click here for more info

Ruth Empson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago. Her laboratory uses a combination of electrophysiology, live imaging and molecular approaches to better understand the consequences of changes to neuronal circuits. Associate Professor Empson is interested in those circuits or networks within the cerebellum* and motor cortex that […]

  • Associate Professor

  • Department of Physiology Otago School of Medical Sciences
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Associate Professor Karen Waldie - Click here for more info

Dr Karen Waldie is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her research is in the area of developmental neuropsychology and focuses on the neural bases, and long-term outcomes, of neurodevelopmental disorders. She was born in Victoria, Canada, and received her BSc at the University of Victoria. She received […]

  • Associate Professor

  • School of Psychology, CBR, University of Auckland
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Dr Justin Dean - Click here for more info

Dr Justin Dean is a developmental neurophysiologist based in the School of Medicine and the University of Auckland, where he has led the Developmental Brain Injury Lab since 2012. He is also a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Brain Research. Dr Dean’s research uses physiology, cellular and molecular approaches to understand the events controlling normal brain development, and how brain development […]

  • Neurophysiologist

  • Department of Physiology, CBR, University of Auckland
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Dr Colette Muir - Click here for more info

Dr Colette Muir, MBChB, FRACP, is a Developmental Paediatrician at Starship Children’s Hospital. She undertook her paediatric training in Auckland, and fellowships in Child Protection and Child Development at the Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.

  • Developmental Paediatrician

  • Starship
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Associate Professor Ralph Buck - Click here for more info

Associate Professor Ralph Buck is Head of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland, and has been recognised with several teaching and leadership awards. His research has been presented around the world and featured in leading research journals and books. Associate Professor Buck’s work with the World Alliance for Arts Education and UNESCO draws attention […]

  • Head of Dance Studies

  • University of Auckland
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Professor Donna Rose Addis - Click here for more info

Professor Donna Rose Addis is a cognitive neuroscientist based in the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland where she leads the Memory Lab. She is also a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Brain Research and Brain Research New Zealand. Professor Addis’ research uses neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how we remember […]

  • Neuroscientist

  • School of Psychology at The University of Auckland
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Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis - Click here for more info

Michael Corballis was born and educated in New Zealand before completing his PhD in psychology at McGill University, Montreal in 1965. He joined the Psychology Department there in 1968, before being appointed Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland in 1978, where he is now Emeritus Professor. Professor Corballis has published 11 books and […]

  • Emeritus Professor

  • School of Psychology, CBR, University of Auckland
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Mr Edward Mee - Click here for more info

Mr Edward Mee is Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Director of Neurosurgery at Auckland City Hospital. He is also a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Mr Mee has over 30 years of neurosurgical practice both in New Zealand and London, and has pioneered considerable neurosurgical research in conjunction with […]

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Director of Neurosurgery

  • Auckland City Hospital
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Associate Professor Cathy Stinear - Click here for more info

Dr Cathy Stinear is a clinical neuroscientist in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland, working with many leading scientists and clinicians including the Neurological Foundation Professor of Clinical Neurology, Professor Alan Barber. Her research activities focus on translating discoveries in neuroscience into clinical practice.  She is an expert in movement neuroscience, and uses […]

  • Clinical neuroscientist

  • Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland
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Professor Peter Thorne - Click here for more info

Professor Peter Thorne is at the University of Auckland in the Departments of Audiology and Physiology, and is a Deputy Director of the Centre for Brain Research. He is a member of the management directorate of Brain Research New Zealand, a national Centre of Research Excellence. Professor Thorne completed his PhD at the University of […]

  • Deputy Director of the Centre for Brain Research

  • Departments of Audiology and Physiology, University of Auckland
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Dr Clare McCann - Click here for more info

Dr Clare McCann is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology (Speech Science) at the University of Auckland. Her current research focuses on language processing in adults with fluent aphasia, especially the production of verbs and sentences. Dr McCann is particularly interested in the interface between linguistics, psycholinguistics and aphasia, as well as the […]

  • Senior Lecturer

  • Department of Psychology (Speech Science), University of Auckland
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Professor David Bilkey - Click here for more info

Professor David Bilkey’s general research area is systems neuroscience, with a particular focus on the role of the temporal cortex regions of the brain in memory and learning processes. This work involves using a combination of electrophysiological and behavioural procedures to determine how these temporal area structures function and interact with regions such as the […]

  • Director of the Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC)

  • University of Otago
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Dr Christine Jasoni - Click here for more info

Dr Christine Jasoni is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology at the University of Otago. In 2014, Dr Jasoni was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of the university’s Brain Health Research Centre. The focus of Associate Professor Jasoni’s research is on discovering how the maternal environment during pregnancy […]

  • Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director of the Brain Health Research Centre

  • Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago
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Professor Russell Snell - Click here for more info

Professor Russell Snell heads a pioneering neuroscience research group based in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Auckland. The group’s focus is on gene identification, modeling disease processes, and drug discovery in various genetic disorders, including Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and more recently neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. His research into […]

  • Professor of Genetics

  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
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Dr Melanie Cheung - Click here for more info

Dr Melanie Cheung (Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Arawa) is a neurobiologist that studies the therapeutic applications of neuroplasticity. Dr Cheung was recently awarded a Fulbright New Zealand Fellowship to work with neuroplasticity pioneer Professor Michael Merzenich at the Brain Plasticity Institute in San Francisco. Together they have developed FightHD, a brain plasticity-based computer training programme to treat Huntington’s disease. She is the principal investigator for a […]

  • Neuroscientist

  • Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland
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