Professor Cliff Abraham
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Brain Health Research Centre, University of Otago
Professor Cliff Abraham has research interests in the neural mechanisms of memory. He has played a leading role in promoting neuroscience research and teaching at the University of Otago, and has promoted neuroscience at a national level by serving as chair of the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, New Zealand’s annual neuroscience meeting in Queenstown, for 12 years.
In 1997 Professor Abraham was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2007 was awarded a James Cook Fellowship. Currently he is Director of the University of Otago’s Brain Health Research Centre.
Professor Abraham received a BA with Distinction in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Florida. He then undertook five years of postdoctoral research at the University of Otago and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, before taking up a Lectureship in Psychology at Otago. He chaired the Department in 2003-2005.
Professor Abraham’s interests extend to clinical research areas such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, neurogenesis and neuroprotection. His research is highly collaborative, with partners based locally, nationally and internationally. A major current research interest is in biomarkers and therapeutic molecules for Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2009, Abraham was awarded the Distinguished Research Medal in recognition of almost three decades of work at Otago, much of which has been devoted to understanding the physical architecture of memory.