Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Ben Bristow

PhD Student

BSc – Neuroscience 

PGDip – Neuroscience

“Neuroscience sparked my interest after learning about the brain’s complexity and the huge variety of research available. I am very grateful for the opportunity Mātai has given me, allowing me to gain experience outside of university in my hometown. After starting my internship last summer, Mātai has helped me to continue my studies into postgraduate school.” Recently, Ben has completed his postgraduate diploma (neuroscience) and he’s excited to start his PhD back here in Gizzy next year. Ben is currently involved with Mātai’s study looking at brain recovery following meth abstinence; his PhD next year will follow a similar avenue.


Thanks to the Fred Lewis Enterprise Foundation for supporting Ben’s PhD.