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


November - Valery Feigin wins Liley Medal

Liley medal

On November 9, ten medals and awards were presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to recognise researchers in New Zealand who have achieved excellence in scholarship, innovation or who have made a significant contribution to Aotearoa through their research and career. Valery Feigin was awarded the HRC Liley Medal for published research that makes a significant contribution to health and medical sciences.

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May - Best research paper award

The paper: Barker-Collo, S., Theadom, A., Jones, K., Starkey, N., Fernando, K., Kahan, M., ... & Feigin, V. (2021). Three methods for examining trajectories in neuropsychological performance across the first 4 years after mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 22(1), 20-33 has been awarded the 2022 Douglas and Tate prize for the Best Research paper published in Brain Impairment in the year 2021.

April - WHO Innovation Challenge

Valery Feigin was one of the 29 winners of the WHO (World Health Organization) Innovation Challenge for the work entitled “Digital solutions for primary stroke and CVD prevention”. This work was selected from over 400 applications entered to the first WHO Western Pacific Innovation Challenge. It reflects his work on the Stroke Riskometer app for lay people and the PreventS-MD webapp for health professionals that are being offered for implementation across the globe. View his winning presentation here:

March - Stroke Awareness month

On 16 March, Stroke Central New Zealand hosted a discussion with Dr Ashley Bloomfield (Director-General of Health) and Professor Valery Feigin about the key issues and strategies for stroke prevention in Aotearoa. The recording of this meeting can be viewed here:

Valery Feigin co-led a landmark publication on primary stroke prevention. It is the first review of primary stroke prevention strategies across the globe that provides actionable plans and strategies and monitoring tools for all major stroke stakeholders, including health care policy makers, to radically reduce stroke burden across countries of all levels of economic development. It is also the first paper that provides estimates of the global economic burden of stroke. This paper describes the PreventS and Stroke Riskometer apps as the key tools for individual stroke prevention, along with a detailed action plan for reducing stroke incidence and mortality across the globe. The Lancet Public Health, Published Online October 28, 2021.


Valery Feigin was invited to become a member of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on NCD-related research and innovation.

2020 - Valery Feigin appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

RSNZ 2020

Valery Feigin became a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2020. He and Tatiana are pictured here, with his certificate (13 February 2020)

NISAN team members win the 2020 Paul Dudley White Award

Ann with prize

In February 2020, Ann George was selected as a 2020 Paul Dudley White International Scholar at the Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2020 Scientific Sessions Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona, March 3-6 2020. This award recognises authors that contributed to the highest ranked accepted abstract from each country.

Shwetha A. George, Rita Krishnamurthi, Suzanne Barker-Collo & Valery Feigin: Health beliefs shaped by experiences of socioeconomic deprivation and psychosocial distress is critical to maintaining lifestyle choices for reducing stroke risk.