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.

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.


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.

Stroke and Stroke Riskometer

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.

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.

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.