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.

Increasing awareness of TBI

Valery Feigin was interviewed by Moleac at the World Stroke Congress in Singapore, in October 2022. The video is intended to raise awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury and to help patients on their recovery journey. The video can be found here:

Valery Feigin interviewed by VJNeurology

On 3 November 2022, Valery Feigin was interviewed by VJ Neurology.  These interviews relate to papers presented at the World Stroke Congress 2022.

The Lancet special series highlights innovation

The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific and WSO Regional Office for the Western Pacific have created a special series featuring Viewpoints of the WHO Western Pacific Innovation Challenge winners. A special collation of articles that delve into public health innovation was launched on 27 October 2022, during the RCM innovation side event.

The series dates back to November 2021, when an agreement was made between The Lancet and WPRO that the winners of the Innovation Challenge will be invited to submit their viewpoints for the special series. More than 468 entrants showed off their innovative solutions in and for the Western Pacific Region. Based on the five criteria of novelty, scalability, impact, relevance and adaptability, 29 winners were named, including Valery Feigin and the NISAN team.

Valery Feigin's viewpoint can be found here: Digital solutions for primary stroke and cardiovascular disease prevention: A mass individual and public health approach.

WSO webinars

Valery Feigin has appeared in a series of Webinars organised by the World stroke organisation.

WSO hypertension guidance

On 26 August 2021, the World Stroke Organization issued a press release and video featuring Valery Feigin. The World Stroke Organization has welcomed the provision of new global guidance on the management of hypertension. The WHO Guideline for the pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults provides new recommendations to help countries improve the management of hypertension.

2021 Pacific language week series

This is a new video series in various Pacific languages aiming to bust health myths surrounding stroke. The AUT Pacific Language Weeks project is supported by the Pacific Media Network. The videos are narrated in the Pacific language, with English subtitles. They encourage the use of the free Stroke Riskometer™ mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin, Director of NISAN, to assess their individual risk of stroke and undertake efforts to reduce the risk.

Rita Krishnamurthi was interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 12 May 2021:"Pacific language video series highlights key facts about strokes".


28 September 2021: The 2021 Dementia Economic Impact Report prepared for Alzheimer's NZ was launched by Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall on 27 September. Rita Krishnamurthi is co-author.

The report was also featured on TVNZ news, and addressed in the Asia Pacific Report of 27 October 2021 under the title: Dementia tsunami by 2050 'likely to hit Pasifika, Māori, Asian communities'. 

Stroke and Stroke Riskometer

4 June 2022. Valery Feigin was interviewed by The Listener: Risky business: Most apps that promise to help prevent strokes give a false sense of security.

26 April 2022: Valery Feigin was interviewed on Radio NZ (Nine to Noon): Where digital tools for stroke prevention fail to make the grade.

27 April 2022: Valery Feigin was interviewed by eHealth News: Stroke apps fail to meet basic criteria.

17 September 2021: Valery Feigin was interviewed in  Healio online journal "Number of stroke, related deaths increased significantly in past 3 decades".

11 May 2021: Rita Krishnamurthi was interviewed by radio New Zealand as part of the Pacific language week series. It related to a  new video series in Pacific languages aiming to bust health myths surrounding stroke. The first of the nine-episode series was launched at AUT on 11 May as part of Rotuman Language Week.

9 December 2020: Valery Feigin was interviewed by the NZ Herald: AUT professor's app could help prevent hundreds of strokes, study shows

16 October 2020: Valery Feigin was interviewed by Radio New Zealand: New Zealanders among the most at risk of strokes.

15 October 2020: Valery Feigin was interviewed by the NZ Herald: New Zealanders living longer but spending more years in poor health.  

2 October 2020: Valery Feigin was interviewed by the World Federation of Neurology on the burden of neurological disorders. This interview was based on the Valery's recent presentation at the United Nations General Assembly.

3 September 2020: Rita Krishnamurthi's research was profiled in Scoop: Only 1.5 percent of people identify stroke as a major cause of death.

3 September 2020: Rita Krishnamurthi interviewed by The Conversation: Most New Zealanders don't know how deadly strokes are – claiming 2,300 lives a year and rising.

3 September 2020: Rita Krishnamurthi interviewed by Radio NZ: Better education on strokes needed in NZ Pacific communities.

31 August 2020, Valery Feigin interviewed by NZ Medical Doctor regarding the prevention wake-up call to governments.

22 August 2020: World Stroke Organization and World Heart Federation issue a 'Prevention wake-up Call' to governments.

29 May 2020: World Stroke Organization issues a press release: Global stroke leaders launch radical stroke and dementia prevention strategy.