Professors Richard Faull and Margaret Brimble receive Distinguished Professorships

We are delighted to pass on the exciting news that two colleagues in the Centre for Brain Research have been named as ‘Distinguished Professors’ in The University of Auckland. There are only 18 professors of this order in the University, so it is a fantastic honour.

Professor Richard Faull is the Director of the Centre for Brain Research, and leads a large research programme investigating neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain. He is the co-Director of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Human Brain Bank and his studies on human brain disease are recognised around the world. Richard is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (Queen’s Honour) and was the 2010 Supreme winner of the World Class New Zealand award. He is a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and has been awarded New Zealand’s highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal. He is the Patron of the Alzheimer’s Foundation (Auckland), Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust and the Huntington’s Disease Association (Auckland and Northland), and the Medical Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand.

 Professor Margaret Brimble leads an innovative drug discovery programme in the Department of Chemical Sciences. Her neurological research focuses on the synthesis of alkaloids and peptidomimetics for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Thanks to a generous donation from the Freemasons of New Zealand, her team will now test these drugs on human tissue in the Centre for Brain Research Biobank. She developed the drug candidate NNZ2566 for Neuren Pharmaceuticals that is in phase 2b clinical trials for traumatic brain injury in partnership with the US Army. She is Chair of the Rutherford Foundation, a member of the Marsden Fund Council (Convenor of the Physical Sciences Panel), and a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has been awarded the 2007 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Asia-Pacific in Materials Science, the 2008 World Class New Zealand Award (Research, Science, Technology and Academia) and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (Queen’s Honour).

 Both professors will take up their positions in January and we offer our warmest congratulations.