Professor Alan Barber



Professor Barber is a neurologist and stroke sub-specialist. He graduated from the Otago Medical School and completed his neurology training in Auckland, New Zealand in 1997. He received a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2000. He returned to New Zealand in 2001 and has established a stroke unit at Auckland City Hospital. His research interests include the use of advanced neurophysiology and MRI techniques in stroke. He was appointed the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Auckland in 2008 and also Deputy Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland in 2009. He is the Honorary Medical Advisor for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, Northern Region.

Research | Current

  1. Wu T, Myall D, Palmer D, Beharry J, Lim JY, Mason D, Reimers J, Duncan R, Weaver J, Collecutt W, Mouthaan P, Lim A, Hurrell M, Barber PA, Ranta A, Fink J, Le Heron C. Increased large vessel occlusive strokes following the Christchurch 2019 March 15 terror attack. Neurology. 2020. In press. 
  2. Campbell BCV, Ma H, Parson MW, Churilov L, Yassi N, Kleinig TJ, Hsu CY, Dewey HM, Butcher KS, Yan B, Desmond PM, Wijeratne T, Curtze S, Barber PA, De Silva DA, Thijs V, Levi CR, Bladin CF, Sharma G, Bivard A, Donnan GA, Davis SM. Association of reperfusion after thrombolysis on clinical outcome across the 4.5-9h and wake-up stroke time window: an individual patient data meta-analysis of the EXTEND and EPITHET randomized trials. JAMA Neurology. 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.4123.
  3. Samuels I, Wang MTM, Chong KP, Davis A, Ranta A, Barber PA. Ethnic Differences in Access to Stroke Reperfusion Therapy in Northern New Zealand. Neuroepidemiology 2020;54:427–431
  4. Tomari S, Magin P, Lasserson D, Quain D, Valderas JM, Dewey HM, Barber PA, Spratt N, Cadilhac DA, Feigin V, Rothwell PM, Zareie H, Garcia-Esperon C, Davey A, Najib N, Sales M, Levi  CR. ​The characteristics of patients with possible transient ischemic attack and minor stroke in the Hunter and Manning valley regions, Australia (the INSIST study). Frontiers in Neurology. 2020;11:383.
  5. Diprose WK, Liem B, Wang MTM, Sutcliffe JA, Brew S, Caldwell JR, McGuinness B,  Campbell D, Barber PA.   The impact of body temperature before and after endovascular thrombectomy for large vessel occlusion stroke. Stroke. 2020;51:1218-1225. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.028160.
  6. Luke J. Sutherland LJ, Diprose WK, Wang MTM, Barber PA.  Chronic kidney disease and outcome following endovascular thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke.  Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2020; 29(4):104665. doi:
  7. Diprose WK, Diprose  JP, Tarr GP, Sutcliffe J, McFetridge A, Brew S, Caldwell J, McGuinness B, Wang MTM, Barber PA. Vertebrobasilar artery calcification and outcome in posterior circulation large vessel occlusion thrombectomy. Stroke. 2020;51:1301-1304. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.027958.
  8. .Barber PA, Wu T, Ranta A-M. Stroke reperfusion therapy following dabigatran reversal with idarucizumab  in  a national cohort. Neurology 2020.  doi:


Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Professor of Clincal Neurology

Deputy Director, Centre for Brain Research

Neurologist and Director of the Auckland Hospital Stroke Service, ADHB

Areas of expertise




Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Barker-Collo, S., Krishnamurthi, R., Feigin, V., Jones, A., Theadom, A., Barber, P. A., ... Bennett, D. (2016). Neuropsychological Outcome and its Predictors Across the First Year after Ischaemic Stroke. Brain Impairment, 17 (2), 111-122. 10.1017/BrImp.2016.17
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo
  • Ranta, A., & Barber, P. A. (2016). Transient ischemic attack service provision. Neurology, 86 (10), 947-953. 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002339
  • Byblow, W. D., Stinear, C. M., Barber, P. A., Petoe, M. A., & Ackerley, S. J. (2015). Proportional recovery after stroke depends on corticomotor integrity. Annals of Neurology, 78 (6), 848-859. 10.1002/ana.24472
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, Cathy Stinear
  • Bay, J. L., Spiroski, A.-M., Fogg-Rogers, L., McCann, C. M., Faull, R. L. M., & Barber, P. A. (2015). Stroke awareness and knowledge in an urban New Zealand population. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 24 (6), 1153-1162. 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.01.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacquie Bay, Clare McCann, Richard Faull
  • Campbell, B. C. V., Mitchell, P. J., Kleinig, T. J., Dewey, H. M., Churilov, L., Yassi, N., ... Oxley, T. J. (2015). Endovascular therapy for ischemic stroke with perfusion-imaging selection. New England Journal of Medicine, 372 (11), 1009-1018. 10.1056/NEJMoa1414792
  • Barker-Collo, S., Krishnamurthi, R., Witt, E., Feigin, V., Jones, A., Mcpherson, K., ... Barber, P. A. (2015). Improving adherence to secondary stroke prevention strategies through motivational interviewing: Randomized controlled trial. Stroke, 46 (12), 3451-3458. 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.011003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo, Varsha Parag
  • Feigin, V. L., Krishnamurthi, R. V., Barker-Collo, S., McPherson, K. M., Barber, P. A., Parag, V., ... Jones, A. (2015). 30-Year Trends in Stroke Rates and Outcome in Auckland, New Zealand (1981-2012): A Multi-Ethnic Population-Based Series of Studies. PLoS One, 10 (8)10.1371/journal.pone.0134609
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo, Varsha Parag, Bruce Arroll, Braden Te Ao
  • Stinear, C. M., Petoe, M. A., Anwar, S., Barber, P. A., & Byblow, W. D. (2014). Bilateral priming accelerates recovery of upper limb function after stroke: A randomized controlled trial. Stroke, 45 (1), 205-210. 10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.003537
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, Cathy Stinear


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