On this page you will find media news reports of NISAN's projects during the last 2 years. For older items please refer to our archived media page.


June 2020: Article by David Wiebers and Valery Feigin: Wiebers, D. O., & Feigin, V. (2020). What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity [editorial]. Neuropepidemiology, 54. doi:10.1159/000508654

World Stroke Day 2019

Click here to view the video of the launch of the WSO stroke prevention campaign in New Zealand, 29 October 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.

January 23, 2019: World-leading stroke research at AUT. Article on AUT news.

December 19, 2018: Q&A with Professor Valery Feigin, with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Washington, USA, regarding the major findings of a recent lifetime stroke risk paper.

November 2018: The Global Burden of Disease Brain Summit, hosted by NISAN/AUT in Auckland received a lot of media attention, from (amongst others): NZ Herald,  TVNZ, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB, Science Media Centre, The Newsroom, The Conversation, Health Central, NZ Doctor, Mindfood Magazine.

Stroke and Stroke Riskometer

The publication by Feigin, V.L. et. al : GBD 2016 Lifetime Risk of Stroke Collaborators., Feigin, V. L., Nguyen, G., Cercy, K., Johnson, C. O., Alam, T., . . . Roth, G. A. (2018). Global, regional, and country-specific lifetime risks of stroke, 1990 and 2016. New England Journal of Medicine, 379(25), 2429-2437. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1804492 received a lot of media coverage at the beginning of 2019, from (amongst others): TVNZ, Newstalk ZB, TV3 Newshub, RNZ and MAGIC Talk.

Publication August 2018: Valery Feigin, Bo Norrving, Cathie L.M. Sudlow, Ralph L. Sacco (2018). Updated criteria for population-based stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack incidence studies for the 21st century. Stroke. 49:00-00. DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.022161

Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injury experts call for tougher rules on e-scooters following release of shocking figures. Article featuring Kelly Jones and Valery Feigin. New Zealand Herald, 4 June 2019.

"Worse than hell" - life behind bars with a traumatic brain injury. Alice Theadom interviewed on News Hub, 6 May 2018.

Mild concussions can impact daily function up to four years on, new research shows. Article featuring Alice Theadom., 3 February 2018.

Traumatic brain injury and dementia. Alice Theadom interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 1 February 2018.

Brain Research New Zealand

New Zealand has world-class brain research expertise. The creation of Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) is an acknowledgement by the government and the scientific community of our immense capabilities in neuroscience across the nation. BRNZ draws upon this nation-wide expertise with the formation of a supportive, collaborative and cooperative research group across New Zealand - a move that's so far unprecedented. We bring together multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary knowledge and a passion for visionary research and community engagement that will improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.

Professor Valery Feigin's Globally Endorsed Stroke Prevention App

Global Burden of Disease Study

"Better diet could prevent 1 in 5 deaths globally: NZ exceeds intake of red meat and sugary drinks". Interview with Valery Feigin re article:  New Zealand Herald, 4 April 2019.