Honours and awards


  • On 16 October 2023, Valery Feigin was honoured to be selected to deliver the Soriano Award Lecture at the XXVI World Congress of Neurology meeting, Montreal, Canada. Watch a recording of the ceremony
  • PM's Science Prize for advancing global stroke epidemiology and prevention
  • Rita was awarded the Auckland Medical Research Foundation Best Senior Researcher Presentation for a paper presented at the Te Whatu Ora Waitematā, University of Auckland, and AUT Collaborative Research Symposium on 22 May. The work was first presented at the Symposium Awards event on 24 July, followed by a formal presentation of the award at the Auckland Meical Research Foundation on 21 November. Papers were judged on their connection to the Waitematā District community through population, location, or contributors and weighting was given to projects which have a strong connection to the Waitematā District, and which align with the national research strategy.


  • Valery Feigin won the New Zealand Health Research Council Liley Medal. 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.



  • Valery Feigin won the 2019 AUT Research Excellence Award in the category “Research Impact”.
  • Valery Feigin was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences.



  • The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) presented Valery Feigin with an established researcher award as part of its 25-year anniversary celebrations. HRC Research Excellence award


  • Valery Feigin was awarded the 2015 AUT Vice Chancellor’s award for Research Excellence.



  • Valery Feigin and the NISAN team were awarded the 2010 AUT Vice Chancellor’s Team Research Excellence Award.

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