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Scientists at the Brain Health Research Centre are undertaking cutting-edge internationally recognised research into the workings of the brain in health and disease, and are developing new treatments for neurological disorders.

Brain research supports our communities and families

An ageing population means more people will be affected by neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and stroke in the future. Fortunately, brain research offers hope to individuals, families and society. Every day brings new findings that enhance our understanding of brain health and disease.

The BHRC has 240 multidisciplinary researchers and clinicians across 44 laboratories, who are committed to finding new treatments to harness the brain's restorative potential, and testing innovative new therapies.


Each year the BHRC has a theme it uses to guide its communication to the wider public. This year's theme is Lifespan. This reflects that our researchers within the BHRC are focused on understanding the brain and brain disease across the entire human lifespan.

We hold various public events around Otago and Southland over the year. Keep an eye on this webpage or our Facebook page for our events.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Brain Health Research Centre is to undertake internationally excellent research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of brain health, disease and repair, to develop new treatments for neurological disorders, to provide international quality training for early-career neuroscientists, and to develop active educational links with the lay community.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Brain Health Research Centre is committed to equity and inclusivity. We value diversity and support our scientists regardless of their age, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, religion, neurodiversity, or ability.

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With your help, our researchers will have the resources and opportunities to find answers.

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Our Sponsors

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