Centre for Brain Research

Technological Innovation - Using fMRI technology to reveal drug potential in psychological research
Clinical Innovation - Recovery-focused stroke research that enables people to reach their full functional potential.
Community Footprint - Exciting world-leading research will help get Kiwi’s out of wheelchairs and back on their feet!
CBR Scientific Advisory Board Panel Discussion

Working together to improve lives

Our unique model of neuroscience fosters collaboration across the entire University of Auckland. Scientists, doctors and students work at every level; from the laboratory to the clinic to whānau and the community, enabling us to provide novel insights on how the brain stimulates, controls and interacts with the rest of the body. As we unlock the secrets of the brain we have the potential to change the lives of people living with neurological disease.


  • Research update on Multiple Sclerosis
    17 July 2017
    Dr Scott Graham, expert in neuroinflammation, and co-investigators Dr Jennifer Pereira; ADHB’s leading MS neurologist, and Dr Simon O’Carroll; Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility (SCIRF), are investigating an unknown soluble substance that appears to have an effect on the permeability of the brain in patients with MS.
  • The CBR hosts Neurological Choirs Workshop
    10 July 2017
    In Auckland, Music Therapy New Zealand and the Centre for Brain Research co-facilitated the Music Therapy Week Neurological Choirs Workshop, hosted by Professor Suzanne Purdy, Alison Talmage RMTh and Shari Storie RMTh.
  • The Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility supports Team CatWalk 2017
    06 June 2017
    Our neuroscientists 'run the talk' and join Team CatWalk 2017 to raise funds for spinal cord injury research by running the New York City Marathon.
  • Hearing and balance disorders focus for new centre
    10 February 2017
    A multidisciplinary collaborative research centre dedicated to research into hearing and balance disorders was launched in Auckland this week.
  • Professor Alan Barber on Endovascular Clot Retrieval Surgery
    07 February 2017
    Our Deputy Director, Professor and Stroke Neurologist Alan Barber, talks to Donna Chisholm from The Listener and to Paul Hobbs from 1 NEWS, about the biggest advance in stroke treatment in the last 20 years.
  • Our Director is Knighted for services to brain research
    09 January 2017
    Distinguished Professor Richard Lewis Maxwell Faull has just been appointed Knights Companion, by the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to medical research. Congratulations Sir Richard!
  • Our people's latest grants and accolades of 2016
    20 December 2016
    This year may be reaching its end but for our talented neuroscientists, 2016 has acknowledged and rewarded their hard work with support to make their visions a reality.
  • Parkinson's disease research finds new use for proven method
    12 December 2016
    Dr Anna Miles and her team have discovered that a well-known voice strengthening technique, brings new hope to people affected by dysphagia.
  • International neuroscientists reveal next frontier
    16 November 2016
    "International Frontier Advances in Brain Research & Treatments" will feature a panel comprised by Professor Christopher Shaw, Professor Anne Young, Professor Hanns Möhler, Professor Perry Bartlett and our Director; Professor Richard Faull.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury expert to visit
    14 September 2016
    The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) are extremely grateful to be hosting the visit of a Seelye Fellow of international recognition.
  • Raising the Bar: Professor John Montgomery Event as iCalendar
    29 August 2017, 8 - 9pm
    Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. Join Professor John Montgomery as he draws the link between the brains of sharks and the human mind, in his talk "What can the brains of sharks tell us about ourselves".
  • Raising the Bar: Carlene Newall de Jesus Event as iCalendar
    29 August 2017, 8 - 9pm
    Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. On this occasion, Carlene will talk about her research into dance as a therapy to slow down the progress of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. "Can't dance, won't dance? Move your thinking"
  • Raising the Bar: Malvindar Singh-Bains Event as iCalendar
    29 August 2017, 8 - 9pm
    Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. Come and meet Malvindar, our Huntington's disease researcher and collaborator, who will be talking about science communications, brain health awareness and neuroscience research in her talk "How can we break down the barriers of science communications".
  • CBR Seminar: Professor Gary Housley Event as iCalendar
    07 September 2017, 10:30 - 11:30am
    Professor Housley's research programme is broadly within molecular, cellular and systems physiology in the nervous system, particularly around neuroprotection in the CNS and auditory system. As both a clinician and a scientist, Professor Housley is particularly interested in how research findings can translate into clinical practice.
  • Intelligence: Man or Machine panel discussion Event as iCalendar
    09 September 2017, 9:30am - 5pm
    In this battle of the brains who will win out? Will human intelligence or artificial intelligence prevail? Man or machine? It's the topic for this year's No Barriers - Small Island, Big Ideas panel discussion in Great Barrier Island.
  • CBR Seminar: Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Event as iCalendar
    14 September 2017, 10 - 11:30am
    This condition gets its name from the muscles that are affected most often: those of the face (facio-), around the shoulder blades (scapulo-), and in the upper arms (humeral). Join us as three clinicians and researchers present their insights and the new methodologies they've developed to better understand and address this debilitating disease.