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.
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.
- Rotuman Language Week: Sunday 9 May – Saturday 15 May 2021
- Samoan language Week: Sunday 30 May - Saturday 5 June 2021
- Kiribati Language Week: Sunday 11 July – Saturday 17 July 2021
- Cook Islands Language Week: Sunday 01 August – Saturday 07 August 2021
- Tonga Language Week: Sunday 5 September – Saturday 11 September 2021
- Tuvalu Language Week: Sunday 26 September – Saturday 02 October 2021
- Fijian Language Week: Sunday 3 October – Saturday 9 October 2021
- Niue Language Week: Sunday 17 October – Saturday 23 October 2021
- Tokelau Language Week: Sunday 24 October – Saturday 30 October 2021
Rita Krishnamurthi was interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 12 May 2021:"Pacific language video series highlights key facts about strokes".
World Federation of Neurology / World Brain Day 2020
On 2 July 2020, Valery Feigin was interviewed by the World Federation of Neurology. He explained that neurological disorders have become the leading cause of global disability, strengthening the importance of World Brain Day 2020, which will focus on Parkinson’s Disease.
Stroke and Stroke Riskometer
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.
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.