Vir­tual brain re­search col­lab­o­ra­tion launched

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

A na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion in brain re­search has been launched us­ing a vir­tual Cen­tre of Re­search Ex­cel­lence (CoRE).

The launch of Brain Re­search New Zealand (BRNZ) in­volves aca­demics and lead­ers from the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land, Otago Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and Auck­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

This CoRE aims to un­lock the mys­ter­ies of the age­ing brain to de­velop treat­ments that im­prove the qual­ity of life of se­nior New Zealan­ders.

Science and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Steven Joyce spoke at the launch on the nine-year tra­jec­tory the CoRE part­ners had to go through to ob­tain the gov­ern­men­tal fund­ing of $29.8 mil­lion.

He also high­lighted the im­por­tance of CoREs as a mean­ing­ful cat­a­lyst for in­creas­ing the qual­ity of New Zealand based re­search through net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion across the ter­tiary sec­tor.

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor Richard Faull from the Cen­tre for Brain Re­search and Pro­fes­sor Cliffe Abra­hams from the Uni­ver­sity of Otago co-hosted the launch as codi­rec­tors of BRNZ.

The vir­tual cen­tre will trans­late sci­en­tific find­ings into new treat­ments, ther­a­pies and in­ter­ven­tions to de­liver in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for age­ing-re­lated brain dis­or­ders in New Zealand. Ad­di­tional part­ner­ships will pro­duce world class col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search across the na­tion.

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