Basal Ganglia Research Group

University of Otago


BHRC Young Investigator Award 2017

Dr Laura Boddington from the Reynolds lab was recently awarded the annual Brain Health Research Centre Young Investigator Award. Laura graduated from the University of Otago with her doctorate last year. During her PhD she held the prestigious Neurological Foundation Miller Scholarship, and her PhD thesis was placed on the Division of Health Sciences “Exceptional PhD Thesis” list putting it in the top 10% of PhD theses. Laura’s Young Investigator seminar “Enhancing stroke recovery using brain stimulation” covered the research she completed during her PhD examining the use of brain stimulation to alter functional and neurophysiological outcomes following stroke. 



Art and Neuroscience Exhibition

Members of the BGRG have participated in the Brain Health Research Centre and Dunedin School of Art collaboration entitled Art and Neuroscience.  The idea was for each artist-neuroscientist pair to share information so that neuroscience research would be expressed in a piece of artwork.  This picture shows Amy Moffitt (right) and Louise Parr-Brownlie (left) in front of Amy's creation entitled Torn, which incorporates classical studio portraiture with contemporary street art.  The photos are layered to show that the visual signs of Parkinson's disease are just that and that the person has interesting past experiences to share and dreams for the future.


IBAGS March 2013

Several members of the BGRG attended the International Basal Ganglia Society meeting in Iliat, Israel in March 2013. Pictured are Justine Fuller, Louise Parr-Brownlie and Clementine Bosch at the conference dinner, held at a bedoin-style camp.


Graduation Dec 2012

Congratulations to Laura Boddington who received her BSc in Neuroscience with first class Honours! Next year she'll be back for more, having received a Miller Scholarship from the Neurological Foundation of NZ to undertake her PhD studies.



Anatomy Departmental Xmas Function 2012

In a belated effort to show we could keep up with the best in Movember, here is the Reynolds lab at Glenfalloch in December. Spot the photoshopped moustache and the real one....




Have technology, will travel...

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Reynolds Group December Lab Meeting, Cinnamon Cafe! 



Society for Neuroscience Meeting New Orleans 2012

A number of us made the long journey to attend this meeting in New Orleans. Apart from fun times in Bourbon St, there was also some great science to see!

Lisa Smith and John Reynolds at Lisa's poster.


Talking basal ganglia at SFN 2012




Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, August 2012

Many members of the BGRG attended this meeting in Queenstown.

AWCBR Wine Tasting