Richard Faull

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Faull's investiture as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, on 26 April 2017 Richard Faull KNZM investiture (cropped).jpg
Faull's investiture as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, on 26 April 2017

Sir Richard Lewis Maxwell Faull KNZM FRSNZ (born 21 October 1945) is a New Zealand neuroscientist and academic who specialises in human neurodegenerative diseases. He is a professor of anatomy and director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. [1]

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Biography

Faull grew up with four brothers in Tikorangi, Taranaki, where his parents had a general store. [2] [3] He attended the University of Otago, earning a Bachelor's of Science in 1967 and a Bachelor of Medicine (MB/CHb) in 1970. He followed that with a PhD in neuroanatomy (1975) and Doctor of Science (DSc) in neuroscience (1994), both from the University of Auckland. [4] Faull and his wife, Diana, have five children. [2]

Research

Faull is noted for his research into brain diseases, particularly Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. In 2007, his team at the University of Auckland proved that the brain can repair itself by generating new cells, debunking the theory that, once fully formed, the human brain could only degenerate. [5] [6] In 2009, he established the University of Auckland's Centre for Brain Research (CBR), to facilitate interactions among different groups and to promote new treatments for brain disease. [3]

Honours

In 2005, Faull was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand's Liley Medal [7] and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2007, he was awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand. In the 2017 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medical research. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "New Year Honours 2017 – Citations For Knights Companion Of The New Zealand Order Of Merit". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. 1 2 "'Normality has a dullness about it' – The Listener". Noted. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Brain researcher Professor Richard Faull 'humbled' by New Year Honour". NewsHub. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. "University of Auckland, abridged academic CV" (PDF). Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. "Professor Richard Faull". Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.
  6. "Episode 3 – Mind matters". Radio New Zealand. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. Taylor, Phil (15 December 2007). "Richard Faull: Neuroscientist". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2017.