Centre for Brain Research

Our Supporters

Working together to improve lives


Meaningful partnerships enable successful outcomes 

Our Centre is very fortunate to receive vital support – in many forms – from our wider community, having established meaningful partnerships within the non-profit, governmental, collegiate and private sectors. We are especially grateful to the donors and their families, whose unyielding generosity facilitates our discoveries.

Local and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offer a rich network of support groups, rendering invaluable assistance to people and their whānau living with neurological disease.


Our partners

The Centre for Brain Research acknowledges and thanks the following trusts and charities

Aotearoa Foundation

This charitable organisation founded by US philanthropist Julian Robertson supports postdoctoral fellowships at the CBR.

Alzheimer's NZ Charitable Trust

Angus Family Trust

Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Many neuroscientists across the CBR are funded thanks to the tireless work of this medical research charity.

CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust

Founding donations from the CatWalk Trust have established the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility in the NeuroDiscovery Facility. These donations will support cutting-edge research into spinal cord injury, with the aim of developing new treatments.

The Coker Charitable Trust

Bill and Yvonne Coker both know how terrible Motor Neurone Disease is for families. Bill’s father and Yvonne's sister both died of the disease. Now their support is starting the first research programme into this disease in New Zealand.

Cuthbertson Trust

Deane Endowment Trust

Douglas Charitable Trust

Sir Graeme Douglas kindly supports brain research at the CBR through the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

Freemasons of New Zealand

This philanthropic community organisation has enabled the creation of the world’s first transgenic Huntington's sheep, and has committed over one million dollars to the brain research programme over the past five years. Recent research support is establishing a new drug discovery programme in the Biobank, and is supporting stroke rehabilitation research in the Brain Recovery Clinic.

Fraser Charitable Trust

Gus Fisher Charitable Trust

Research into Parkinson's disease is driven forward thanks to donations from the family trust of late Auckland businessman Gus Fisher.

Health Research Council of New Zealand

Hugh Green Foundation

The Hugh Green Foundation is supporting the work of the Biobank to research cures and treatments for human neurological disease.

Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate

Donations from this venerable charitable trust helped to found the Neurology Research Unit at Auckland City Hospital.

Lynette Sullivan Memorial Trust

Auckland businessman Rod Sullivan watched his wife waste away with Huntington’s disease. Now his support funds human brain cell culture research in Professor Mike Dragunow's lab, with the aim of developing new treatments through the Biobank.

Matthew Oswin Memorial Trust

Matthew tragically died from Huntington's disease at the age of just 37. His family are ensuring his legacy lives on by helping to fund Professor Richard Faull’s research programme.

Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust

This charitable trust is dedicated to the improvement of health through the support of research and sponsorship of research trainees in the health-related sciences.

Neurological Foundation of New Zealand

Many neuroscientists across the CBR are funded thanks to the tireless work of this brain research charity. The foundation proudly supports the Human Brain Bank.

Perpetual Guardian

TM Pacey Family Trust


Our funders

The Centre for Brain Research acknowledges and thanks the following funding organisations

Your support is vital

Neurological diseases are among the top five most common causes of death and long-term disability.

It is estimated that one in five New Zealanders will suffer from brain disease in our lifetime. Disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, mental illness and deafness affect thousands of Kiwis every year. To find the answers we are looking for - in order to develop novel treatments to fight neurodegeneration - we turn to research.

Much of the work of the Centre for Brain Research wouldn't be possible without the support of generous individuals and funding organisations. Partnerships with friends and supporters enable us tosignificantly enhance our ability to unlock the secrets of the brain. With your support we will continue to develop new therapies, improve clinical care and educate our communities