Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs)

All centres have research as their main focus, and consist of a group of academic and research staff drawn from one or more departments and schools. A centre implies commitment to develop a programme in broader fashion than a single research project. In addition, the University of Auckland is host to six of the national Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and the following two centres are related to our faculty.


Brain Research New Zealand; Rangahau Roro Aotearoa

Co-Directors: Distinguished Professor Richard Faull, University of Auckland and Professor Cliff Abraham, University of Otago.

Brain Research New Zealand-Rangahau Roro Aotearoa will unlock the secrets of the ageing brain and develop new therapies and better clinical and community care to enhance brain health throughout life for all New Zealanders.
Director: Professor Rod Dunbar
The Maurice Wilkins Centre, an existing CoRE, will target major diseases affecting New Zealanders by discovering new therapies and diagnostics for human disease. The Centre will specifically target three groups of diseases that pose grave threats to New Zealand society; cancer, diabetes and infectious disease.