The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN) conducts epidemiological studies and clinical trials to improve health and outcomes in people with major neurological disorders. Current research programmes focus on:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neuromuscular disorders


Research with this aim is unique in New Zealand and NISAN is a hub for information sharing and developing a cohesive network between existing research and clinical groups with interests in:

  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Public health
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Neuropsychology
  • Biostatistics

World Stroke Day 2019

WSO campaign 2019

The focus of the campaign this year is stroke risk and prevention. The latest analysis of the Global Burden of Disease shows that the lifetime risk of stroke for over-25s has increased and now stands at 1 in 4. The urgent need for action at individual and population level is only matched by the incredible potential for a huge reduction in stroke. While our efforts on World Stroke Day are largely directed towards raising public awareness of the steps we can all take to reduce our risk, the 2019 campaign is a key component of WSO's strategic commitment to 'Cut Stroke in Half'. You can read more about how the campaign and the wider initiative are linked in this Lancet editorial.

The World Stroke Organization has created some resources and tools that you can use to prepare for World Stroke Day 2019.

NISAN (Auckland University of Technology) together with Stoke Central Region will host the launch of the campaign in New Zealand, on 29 October. You can watch it on livestream.

The New Zealand Stroke Education Trust

The New Zealand Stroke Education Trust has set up a website: https://www.stroke.net.nz/. A series of self-management video clips and DVDs on stroke care and rehabilitation are available in a visual format that makes it so much easier for stroke sufferers and their family caregivers to improve their recovery post-stroke. They show exactly how to manage everyday needs and provide practical demonstrations of exercises and other techniques to improve quality of life of people with stroke and their family caregivers.

The Stroke Riskometer

Currently available cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment algorithms allow calculation of absolute risk of CVD (including stroke) but they are designed for use by health professionals and require a lab test to complete. For an individual, one of the main challenges in effective stroke prevention is:

  • Lack of awareness about stroke symptoms and risk factors
  • Self-managing strategies to reduce their risk of stroke


We have developed an App called Stroke Riskometer which has the potential to:

  • Significantly improve stroke prevention in individuals with an increased CVD risk.

The Stroke Riskometer calculates your risk by evaluating a series of risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and other health factors that directly influence your likelihood of a stroke within the next 5 and 10 years, and the user can:

  • Find out their risk of developing a stroke
  • Have a baseline risk to compare their risk against
  • Compare details with someone of their age and sex who has no risk factors.

Developed in collaboration with international leaders in stroke prevention, The Stroke Riskometer™ app:

  • Is an award winning and easy-to-use tool
  • Measures your individual risk of a stroke in the next 5 to 10 years
  • The Pro version provides essential information on how to reduce the chance of stroke.

Reducing the International Burden of Stroke Using Mobile Technology (RiBURST), is a worldwide study conducting cross-sectional, cohort and interventional (primary prevention) research of stroke and other major non-communicable diseases (NCD) (heart attack, dementia and type 2 diabetes mellitus).

You can help us learn more by:

  • Submitting your data to help us better understand stroke, its risk factors and develop global prevention strategies.