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Michael MacAskill

Research Director

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch

Research Director, I have a role in promoting and coordinating the research activities of the Institute as a whole. 

My training is in experimental psychology and my personal research interests lie mainly in the effects of neurological disease upon the control of fast eye movements (saccades). This has been extended to involve studies of the coordination of hand and eye movement in both lab-based and more natural tasks. I've also become involved in projects using structural and functional MR brain imaging to investigate Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. 

I’m currently supervising six PhD students. Previously, I've supervised six doctoral, two masters, and four BMedSc thesis students to completion. These students have come from a variety of disciplines: medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, physics, and radiography.Topics have ranged from eye and hand movement control to brain imaging, neuropsychological testing and clinical assessment.