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The BHRC Management Committee

Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes Director (chair)

Steph is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Her research is foucsed on understanding and treating lysosomal diseases, specifically Batten, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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 Gina Forster

Dr Fosters research is aimed at discovering the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie anxiety states (including posttraumatic stress disorder), in the context of early life stress, social stress, addiction and brain trauma.

Dr Ailsa McGregor

Dr McGregor’s area of interest is neurodegenerative diseases, neuroprotection and repair, in particular the development of disease models with clinically relevant endpoints as a basis for investigating potential therapies. Her research focuses on pharmacological enhancement of motor recovery after stroke and cholinergic dysfunction in Huntington's Disease and vascular dementia.

Dr Blake Porter Postgraduate Representative

Blake is a postdoctoral fellow working with Kristin Hillman in the Department of Psychology.

Mr Oluwatobi Eboda

Oluwatobi is a PhD student working with Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes in the Department of Biochemistry.