Professor Richard Faull
Professor of Anatomy, Director of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland
Director, Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank
With a research career spanning over 35 years, Professor Richard Faull is recognised internationally as a leading expert on the workings of the human brain and the neurodegenerative diseases that can affect it including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. In 2007, his research group provided the first evidence that the diseased human brain can repair itself by the generation of new brain cells, overturning the long-held view that the adult brain can only degenerate.
Professor Faull’s contributions to neuroscience were recognised by the University of Auckland in 1993 with the award of a Personal Chair in Anatomy. In 2002 he was awarded the Inaugural Peter Gluckman Medal and Distinguished Faculty International Lecturer at the University of Auckland. In 2005 he was awarded the Liley Medal by the Health Research Council and in 2007, New Zealand’s top science honour, the Rutherford Medal, which is administered by the Royal Society on behalf of the New Zealand Government. In 2010, Professor Faull was the Supreme Winner of the World Class New Zealand Awards.
Professor Faull is founder and director of the Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank based at the University of Auckland. Established in 1994, the brain bank now houses an extensive collection of human brain tissue from over 400 brains, including normal brains and those from nine different neurological diseases. Research using this tissue provides vital insights into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, motor neurone disease, and epilepsy and schizophrenia.
Tissue from the Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank is a crucial resource for researchers at the Centre for Brain Research, and at research institutions and universities throughout New Zealand. The Human Brain Bank has also provided opportunities for valuable international collaborative studies with leading research scientists in England, Switzerland, Sweden, USA and Japan.