Richard Faull is Professor of Anatomy and Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland.
During his 30 years at the University he has established an international reputation for his research studies on the normal and diseased human brain (Huntington's, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease and Epilepsy), and has established a unique Human Brain Bank to support worldwide research on human brain diseases.
His research group has recently shown that, contrary to dogma, stem cells are still present in the adult human brain and they have the potential to make new brain cells and to repair the brain throughout life.
His contributions to research on the human brain have been recognized by appointments as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (1998) and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2005). He was awarded the Liley Medal by the Health Research Council of New Zealand in 2005 and New Zealand's highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal, in 2007 by the Royal Society of New Zealand for outstanding contributions in science. In 2010 he was named the Supreme Winner at the 2010 World Class New Zealand Awards.