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The BHRC Management Committee

Professor David Bilkey Director (chair)

David is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Otago. He is an author on over 90 articles published in high-impact international journals. He is a past recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and has served on several major funding panels.


Dr Nick Cutfield Clinical Deputy Director

Nick is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Dunedin School of Medicine and a neurologist at Dunedin Hospital. His research areas of interest include vestibular disorders, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and neuroimaging.

Dr Stephanie Hughes

Steph is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry.

Professor Brian Hyland

Brian is a Professor and Head of Department of Physiology. After receiving his PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Otago, Brian completed his postdoctoral study at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. His research areas of interest includes neurophysiology of motor control and reward learning networks, and pathoneurophysiology of Parkinson's disease.

Associate Professor Christine Jasoni Deputy Director

Christine is a senior lecturer in the Antomy Department at the Otago School of Medical Sciences.

Professor Stephen Robertson

Professor Stephen Robertson is the Curekids Professor of Paediatric Genetics in the Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine.  He heads the Clinical Genetics Group, which studies single gene disorders in children, with a particular emphasis on disorders that affect the development of the skeleton and the brain.

Dr Emmet Power Postgraduate Representative

Emmet is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Ruth Empson (Department of Physiology).

Dr Joanna Williams

Joanna is a graduate of Otago University. She held a Human Frontiers of Science Fellowship that took her to the Greengard Laboratory at the Rockefeller University, New York City. Joanna’s laboratory is now based within the Department of Anatomy where her vibrant research group is working to understand how the brain changes at the molecular level when memories are formed as well as discovering blood-borne markers of neurological disease.

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