Associate Professor Greg Anson

One of our wonderful committee members, Greg Anson, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s honours list. Associate Professor Anson has been an instrumental figure in exercise sciences over 47 years and helped establish the field of human movement neuroscience in NZ. Congratulations, Greg!

For services to exercise sciences and neuroscience

Associate Professor Greg Anson has been an instrumental figure in exercise sciences over 47 years and has contributed significantly to establishing the field of human movement neuroscience in New Zealand, a field in which he has been influential internationally.

Associate Professor Anson’s mentorship has directly influenced numerous physical educators, academics and students. His numerous and frequently cited research publications have contributed to the fundamental understanding of mechanisms and processes by which the brain and body work together to control movement, and then adapt under conditions of abnormal functioning following injury and/or neurological disorder. He has been a Board member of the International Society of Motor Control for many years and became an International Fellow of the American National Academy of Kinesiology in 1997. He has been on organising committees for several international conferences, including chairing the organising committee of the 2021 Progress in Motor Control conference. He was Head of Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland from 2010 to 2020, Head of the Tāmaki Campus for six years, and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2014. He was Director of the Applied Science Programme at the University of Otago from 2005 to 2009. Associate Professor Anson was Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Tertiary Council for Physical Activity, Sports and Exercise from 2010 until retirement.

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