Kelly Clifford


Assistant Research Fellow

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch


I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago. Since graduating, I have worked in various research assistant roles, conducting research for the Christchurch City Council as well as involvement in clinical research projects. My research interests include ageing and Parkinson’s Disease. 

Current Research

My role at NZBRI consists of the collection and maintenance of data in the New Zealand Parkinson’s Progression Programme (NZP3). 

I am also involved in a sub-study looking at Brain Biomarkers for Future Cognitive Health in Parkinson’s Disease. This study aims to identify potential markers for memory, thinking and attention in people with Parkinson’s Disease. Finding suitable biological markers may help us understand Parkinson’s disease better and reduce the uncertainty of future memory and thinking problems for people with Parkinson’s disease and their whānau. 

I am proud to work with a talented group of researchers and be a part of contributing to valuable medical research. 


Outside of work, you will find me in the mountains, exploring the various hikes and picturesque camping spots Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer. I also love spending time with my wonderful family and friends.