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Listen to scientists from the Brain Health Research Centre describe their research on Radio New Zealand National and Radio National Australia.




  • Professor David Bilkey speaks about memory and how it is impacted by smell. Why do specific smells sometimes evoke memories? (Radio Live website, April 2016)
  • Dr Elodie Urlacher speaks about her research that shows that bees suffer severe learning and memory deficits after ingesting very small doses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Sleepy Bees (Radio New Zealand website March 2016)


  • Dr Liana Machado investigates whether dietary changes improve cognitive function Eat better, think better - diet and the brain (Radio New Zealand website October 2015)
  • Professor Colin Brown discusses his work showing how salt intake changes key circuits in the brain to cause hypertension. Salt, Blood Pressure and the Brain (Radio New Zealand website July 2015)
  • Dr Karl Iremonger talks to Wallace Chapman about his discovery of a new cell structure and communication system within the human brain and what it may mean for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Chronic Pain Syndrome. (Radio New Zealand website June 2015)
  • Dr Liana Machado has studied the benefits of exercise for brain function, and is investigating whether electrification of the brain can accelerate learning. Brain Electrification (Radio New Zealand website May 2015)
  • Associate Professor John Reynolds discusses how his lab are focusing on whether deep brain stimulation could benefit people who have had strokes. How Electrical Stimulation Might Help Stroke Recovery (Radio New Zealand website May 2015)


  • Dr Karl Iremonger was awarded the 2014 Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize for work on fertility circuits in the brain. In this 25 minute interview he discusses his research, and specifically understanding how stress networks in the brain process information and adapt in a changing environment. (Radio New Zealand website, December 2014)
  • Researchers Dr Owen Jones is researching metaplasticity in the brain and Dr Shane Ohline is studying the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus. Metaplascity and New Neurons (Radio New Zealand website, July 2014)
  • Associate Professor John Reynolds talks about his research on dopamine cells. Understanding the brain chemical Dopamine (Radio National Australia, May 2014)
  • Associate Professor John Reynolds talks about his team's work developing a new treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Parkinsons disease (Radio New Zealand website, July 2014)
  • By understanding how the brain stores and updates information, researchers hope to one day help people with Alzheimer's disease. Memory and Brain Plasticity (Radio New Zealand website, July 2014)
  • Associate Professor Christine Jasoni investigates the effect of maternal obesity on a baby's brain development. Maternal Health, Foetal Brain (Radio New Zealand website, February 2014)


  • Otago University's Brain Health Research Centre and the Dunedin School of Art at the Otago Polytechnic came up with the idea of The Art and Neuroscience Project, which brings together neuroscientists and artists. Art and Neuroscience project (Radio New Zealand website, July 2013)

2012 and prior

  • Professor David Bilkey and Kristin Hillman examine the brain mechanisms of self-control. Brain and Self-control (Radio New Zealand website November 2012)
  • Professor Warren Tate and members of his lab are looking at a small protein fragment as a possible therapeutic for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease and proteins (Radio New Zealand website, July 2011)
  • Drs Stephanie Hughes and Louise Parr-Brownlie describe their research using light pulses to study Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease and light (Radio New Zealand website, June 2011)
  • Professor Cliff Abraham speaks on the latest research on Alzheimer's disease. The Brain and Alzheimer's (Radio New Zealand website, April 2011)
  • Internationally renowned molecular biologist Professor Warren Tate discusses his research after being awarded New Zealand's top science and technology honour, the Rutherford Medal. Rutherford Medal Winner Warren Tate (Radio New Zealand website, November 2010)
  • Professor Warren Tate, Professor Cliff Abraham, and Dr Joanna Williams discuss their work on a protein that has neuro-protective effects. Understanding Alzheimer's disease (Radio New Zealand website, August 2008)
  • Physiologist Professor Brian Hyland discusses new treatments for Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease (Radio New Zealand website, March 2007)
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