Centre for Brain Research

Neurology Research Group

Working together to improve lives


From the laboratory to the clinic

Translational research is the aim of this team, which involves taking findings produced in the lab and converting them into treatments and therapies for people living with the devastating effects of neurological illness. The group is based in Auckland Hospital, which provides this unit with the unique opportunity of performing research in a clinical setting.

The team's major focus is on stroke, reflecting the current research interests of the group. This extends from epidemiology of stroke and transient ischemic attack, to new risk factors and acute therapies for stroke and new rehabilitation techniques.

Find out more about this team by visiting the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory and the Neurology Research Group.


The Stroke Research Clinic's information for clinicians and participants



Team Members

Professor Alan Barber


Professor Barber is a neurologist and stroke sub-specialist. He graduated from the Otago Medical School and completed his neurology training in Auckland, in 1997. Professor Barber received a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and returned to New Zealand in 2001. Since then he has established a stroke unit at Auckland City Hospital and become Deputy Director of the Centre for Brain Research

For more information about Professor Barber's clinical research, visit his Neurology Research Group page here.

Senior Lecturer Dr Jennifer Pereira 

Dr Jennifer Pereira is a neurologist at Auckland City Hospital who specialises in the treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Visit Dr Jennifer Pereira's profile at the School of Medicine here.  


Associate Professor Cathy Stinear

Associate Professor Cathy Stinear completed her PhD in Movement Neuroscience at the University of Auckland in 2004. She then worked for 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow on a large randomised controlled trial of stroke rehabilitation, before joining the Department of Medicine as a Senior Lecturer in 2008. She has been an Associate Professor since 2014.

For more information about Associate Professor Stinear's clinical research, visit her Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory page here.

To access Cathy's Predicting Recovery Potential (PREP) for the hand and arm website, click here




  • Improve the care of people living with stroke
  • Investigate risk factors that lead to stroke
  • Translate scientific research into day to day clinical practice
  • Predict and promote recovery of movement after stroke
  • Design practical ways of improving hand and arm function after stroke
  • Ennable research teams to conduct studies in clinical settings 



This team has received funding from the following entities;



Areas of interest

  • Stroke epidemiology
  • Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Risk factors of stroke
  • Acute therapies to treat stroke patients
  • Stroke rehabilitation






For a full list of publications, visit the following team profiles;

Professor Alan Barber

Associate Professor Cathy Stinear

Senior Lecturer Dr Jennifer Pereira