Research collaborations

NATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

We have already formed excellent relationships with the University of Auckland (Clinical Trials Research Unit, Department of Psychology, School of Population Health, Department of Medicine [Neurology] and Motor Control Laboratory), the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, the University of Waikato and the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association.

Effective working relationships have also been established with:

  • Waitemata, Waikato, Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.
  • All major hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Auckland and Hamilton including Middlemore, North Shore Hospital and Auckland Hospitals.
  • Rehab+ and ABI Rehabilitation Management Ltd (CAVIT Rehabilitation)
  • The Laura Fergusson Trust
  • Waikato Hospital
  • The Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch
  • Stroke Foundation of New Zealand
  • Brain Injury Association of New Zealand
  • Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, School of Psychology of the Massey University, Wellington
    University of Otago
  • Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences

NISAN also shares a close synergy with AUT University's Health and Rehabilitation Research Centre, which includes the Centre for Person Centred Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation Groups and the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI). This pooling of AUT research resources and expertise is seen in a number of joint research projects with the Person Centred Rehabilitation research team and collaborators.

A selection of national collaborations, including current and completed research projects, is summarised below.

ARCOS:  Auckland Regional Community Study

An epidemiological study of the determinants of stroke impact on individuals, families and communities carried out in Auckland in 2002-2003.

  • The University of Auckland, Clinical Trials Research Unit
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Psychology
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Community Health
  • The University of Auckland, Maori and Pacific Health
  • The University of Auckland, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care
  • The University of Auckland, School of Population Health
  • The George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • AUT University
  • Auckland Hospital
  • Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance, WHO, Geneva
  • Wellington School of Medicine
  • North Shore Hospital, Waitemata District Health Board

ASTRO

Auckland Stroke Outcomes Study

A population based follow up study of five year stroke survivors and their family caregivers, assessing a range of long term functional and neuropsychological outcomes.

  • The University of Auckland, Clinical Trials Research Unit - Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study survivors and their family caregivers assessing a range of long term functional and neuropsychological outcomes.
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Psychology
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Community Health,
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Maori and Pacific Health,
  • The University of Auckland, Department of General Practice
  • The University of Auckland, Department of Maori and Pacific Health
  • Waitemata District Health Board

FREEMASONS

Health Pilot Study

A pilot for a cohort study of Freemasons and their spouses (500 participants), to determine the risk factors of major non-communicable diseases, cancer and osteoporosis.

  • Freemasons Grand Lodge of New Zealand
  • The University of Otago

START

Stroke Attention Rehabilitation Trial

To determine the effectiveness of a novel intervention, Attention Process Training in improving attention and health-related quality of life for stroke survivors.

  • Clinical Trials Research Unit, The University of Auckland
  • Department of Psychology , The University of Auckland
  • Centre for Health Services Research and Policy, The University of Auckland
  • Psychological Services of the Te Ako Tapu Trust

Disabled by Illness or Injury: Does It Matter Study
A prospective outcomes study

To assess whether the receipt of ACC entitlements has an effect on health, economic and family outcomes for individuals experiencing sudden onset disability, and their primary informal carer.

  • The University of Otago, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine,

A clinical trial evaluating if polypill-based care improves adherence, blood pressure and cholesterol in people at high cardiovascular risk.

  • The University of Auckland, Clinical Trials Research Unit,
  • The University of Auckland, General Practice and Primary Health Care
  • The University of Auckland, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • The University of Auckland, Maori Health
  • New Zealand Guidelines Group
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Capital and Coast District Health Board
  • Waikato District Health Board
  • Waitemata District Health Board
  • The George Institute for International Health, Sydney

IMPACT

There is a potential to collaborate with other research organisations such as the Auckland Neuroscience Network, and the Centre for Asian Health Research of the University of Auckland and other groups.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Effective working relationships have been established or are in the process of being established with a number of internationally recognised centres of excellence from Australia, UK and the United States. In addition, a network of academic research centres in Australasia (e.g. Australia, China, and India) has been created for recruitment of neurological patients for international trials.

NEW ZEALAND-CHINA STRATEGIC RESEARCH ALLIANCE

Methods of computational intelligence and software-hardware systems for personalised mental health risk analysis, outcome prognosis and rehabilitation

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This is a joint research collaboration project, under the umbrella of the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, between The Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI) http://www.kedri.aut.ac.nz, NISAN and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.

The aim is to develop jointly novel computational intelligence methods, software and hardware systems and product prototypes for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries risk analysis, outcome prognosis and rehabilitation. The project will have three research objectives:

Objective 1: Develop personalised modelling method and system for stroke data analysis in respect to risk evaluation and outcome prognosis.

Objective 2: Develop a personalised software-hardware method and hardware system for neuro-rehabilitation.

Objective 3: Developing and clinical testing robotic rehabilitation devices to improve outcomes in stroke, brain, and spinal cord injury patients.