Dr Richard Watts

Richard Watts DPhil

Past Researcher
  New Zealand Brain Research Institute

Please note that Richard is no longer at NZBRI.

Click below to reveal publications, which are provided for non-commercial personal use by researchers.



Le Heron, C. J., Wright, S. L., Melzer, T. R., Myall, D. J., MacAskill, M. R., Livingston, L., Keenan, R. J., Watts, R., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C. & Anderson, T.J. (2014). Comparing cerebral perfusion in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease dementia: an ASL-MRI study. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, Online preprint, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/jcbfm.2014.40 . [ID#741] [download pdf]

Poudel, G., Innes, C., Bones, P., Watts, R. & Jones, R. (2014). Losing the struggle to stay awake: Divergent thalamic and cortical activity during microsleeps. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 257-269 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hbm.22178 . [ID#696] [download pdf]


Melzer, T., Watts, R., MacAskill, M., Pitcher, T., Livingston, L., Keenan, R., Dalrymple-Alford, J. & Anderson, T. (2013). White matter microstructure deteriorates across cognitive stages in Parkinson’s disease. Neurology, 80, 1841-1849 http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182929f62 . [ID#694] [download pdf]


Melzer, T., Watts, R., MacAskill, M., Pitcher, T., Livingston, L., Keenan, R., Dalrymple-Alford, J. & Anderson, T. (2012). Grey matter atrophy in cognitively impaired Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 83, 188-194 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2011-300828 . [ID#635] [download pdf]

Pitcher, T. L., Melzer, T. R., MacAskill, M. R., Graham, C. F., Livingston, L., Keenan, R. J., Watts, R., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C. & Anderson, T.J. (2012). Reduced striatal volumes in Parkinson’s disease: a magnetic resonance imaging study. Translational Neurodegeneration, 1, 17 Available via open access at http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2047-9158-1-17 . [ID#683] [download pdf]


Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., Livingston, L., MacAskill, M. R., Graham, C., Melzer, T. R., Porter, R., Watts, R. & Anderson, T.J. (2011). Characterizing mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 26, 629-636 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mds.23592 . [ID#587] [download pdf]

Melzer, T. R., Watts, R., MacAskill, M. R., Pearson, J. F., Rueger, S., Pitcher, T., Livingston, L., Graham, C., Keenan, R., Shankaranarayanan, A., Alsop, D. C., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C. & Anderson, T.J. (2011). Arterial spin labeling reveals an abnormal cerebral perfusion pattern in Parkinson’s disease. Brain, 134(3), 845-855 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/brain/awq377 . [ID#601] [download pdf]


Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., MacAskill, M. R., Nakas, C. T., Livingston, L., Graham, C., Crucian, G. P., Melzer, T. R., Kirwan, J., Keenan, R., Wells, S., Porter, R. J., Watts, R. & Anderson, T.J. (2010). The MoCA: Well-suited screen for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Neurology, 75, 1717-1725 http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181fc29c9 . [ID#550] [download pdf]

Poudel, G. R., Jones, R. D., Innes, C. R. H., Davidson, P. R., Bones, P. & Watts, R. (2010 ). Measurement of BOLD changes due to cued eye-closure and stopping during a continuous visuomotor task via model-based and model-free approaches. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 18(5), 479-488. [ID#532] [download pdf]


Wilcke, J. C., OShea, R. P. & Watts, R. (2009). Frontoparietal activity and its structural connectivity in binocular rivalry. Brain Research, 1305, 96-107 doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2009.09.08 . [ID#697] [download pdf]


Butler, A., Anderson, N., Tipples, R., Cook, N., Watts, R., Meyer, J., Bell, A., Melzer, T. & Butler, P. (2008). Bio-medical X-ray imaging with spectroscopic pixel detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 591, 141-146. [ID#675] [download pdf]

Chappell, M. H., Brown, J. A., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., Ulug, A. M. & Watts, R. (2008). Multivariate analysis of diffusion tensor imaging data improves the detection of microstructural damage in young professional boxers. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 26(10), 1398-1405. [ID#488] [download pdf]

Maclaren, J. R., Bones, P. J., Millane, R. P. & Watts, R. (2008). MRI with TRELLIS: a novel approach to motion correction. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 26(4), 474-483. [ID#495] [download pdf]

Melzer, T. R., Cook, N. J., Butler, A. P., Watts, R., Anderson, N., Tipples, R. & Butler, P.H. (2008). Spectroscopic biomedical imaging with the Medipix2 detector. Australasian Physical & Engineering Science in Medicine, 31(4), 300-306. [ID#508] [download pdf]


Bones, P., Maclaren, J., Millane, R. & Watts, R. (2006). Quantifying and correcting motion artifacts in MRI. , 6316, 12. [ID#374]

Chappell, M. H., Ulug, A. M., Zhang, L., Heitger, M. H., Jordan, B. D., Zimmerman, R. D. & Watts, R. (2006). Distribution of microstructural damage in the brains of professional boxers: A diffusion MRI study. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 24, 537-42. [ID#345] [download pdf]


Watts, R. (2005). Advanced Neurological Magnetic Resonance Imaging. New Zealand Science Review, 62, 26-27. [ID#314] [download pdf]

Abstracts and short papers


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