Professor Brian Hyland is interested in systems neuroscience, in particular the neurophysiology of midbrain dopamine systems and other brain structures which modulate dopamine neuron activity. He is also investigating the activity of these systems in reward-mediated learning, as well as the functions of circuits concerned with control of movement. His research extends from normal to abnormal functioning of these circuits in disease states such as Parkinson's disease and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Professor Hyland has ongoing collaborations with Professors Jeff Wickens and Gordon Arbuthnott, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan, Associate Professor J. Greg Anson, University of Auckland, Dr Alessandro Villa, Lausanne Switzerland, Professor Jason Chen, Tainan, Taiwan and members of the University of Otago Basal Ganglia Research Group.
His funding is, or has recently been, provided by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Marsden Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH, and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.