News from NISAN

Our work is recognised nationally and internationally and we will keep you up to date with the milestones we achieve.

Valery Feigin has been named a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher for the 6th year in a row.

In 2023, there are only 22 Highly Cited Researchers in New Zealand and only one at AUT. Each researcher selected has authored multiple Highly Cited Papers™ which rank in the top 1% by citations for their field(s) and publication year in the Web of Science™ over the past decade. However, citation activity is not the sole selection indicator. A preliminary list based on citation activity is then refined using qualitative analysis and expert judgement.

Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers™ are 1 in 1,000.

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World Stroke Organization– Lancet Neurology Commission

Valery Feigin is a co-chair of a WSO Lancet Neurology Commission on global stroke. In this report, entitled Pragmatic solutions to reduce the global burden of stroke: a World Stroke Organization– Lancet Neurology Commission, the World Stroke Organization draws up its roadmap to tackle the burden of stroke by 2030 and beyond, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal on health and wellbeing.

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PM’s Science Prize for advancing global stroke epidemiology and prevention

The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN) team has won the 2022 Prime Minister’s Science Prize—the first ever received by AUT. The team is led by NISAN’s Director Professor Valery Feigin, FRSNZ.

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Valery Feigin wins Liley Medal

On November 9. 2022, 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

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Best research paper award

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.

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WHO Innovation Challenge 2022

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”. It was selected from over 400 applications entered. 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.

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Stroke Awareness month

On 16 March 2022, 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.

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Landmark publication 2021

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.

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World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group

In 2021, Valery Feigin was invited to become a member of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on NCD-related research and innovation.

Valery Feigin appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

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)

2020 Paul Dudley White Award

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.

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NISAN from 2014 to 2020

NISAN staff have achieved a number of accolades from 2014 through to 2020.

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Noteworthy mentions

Our work is often mentioned in the news media and research journals.

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