To mark Brain Day 2017* (and as part of international Brain Awareness Week), Radio New Zealand talked to Professor Russell Snell, a world-renowned geneticist based at the University of Auckland.
Professor Snell has long studied human disease genes and variations in genes, with a focus on the molecular genetics of disease, in particular neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
His latest venture has seen him co-found the Minds for Minds Research Network, which investigates the variations in DNA that cause autism. Minds for Minds is collecting a cohort of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in order to explore autism using large-scale gene sequencing.
Listen to the full interview here.
* Brain Day is a free public event held at the University of Auckland. This year, it was held on 25 March at the Business School, and was hosted by the Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.