Our research

The goals of NISAN and the themes of its research are:

  • Advancing knowledge in the field of brain health, through high quality innovative research on the epidemiology and prevention of stroke and other major neurological disorders
  • Trials of prevention and improvement outcome interventions, to test affordable and widely applicable treatment strategies to inform health care providers and policy makers
  • Population-wide research (for example epidemiological studies) and systematic reviews, to inform policy makers and future clinical trials
  • Fostering collaborative public health research into prevention and improvement outcomes of neurological illness and brain injury
  • Exploring the impact of neurological disease (including stroke, dementia, TBI) and impairment on people and their family/whanau, in relation to their ability to participate in activities and roles that are important to them
  • Encouraging students to undertake research in epidemiology/public health and prevention
  • Promoting and disseminating findings of population health and epidemiological research at a national and international level
  • Developing and promoting professional and public brain health education

Our research areas

Digital solutions for brain health

This programme encompasses all of our currently running and planned digital health-related projects.

Stroke epidemiology and prevention

Advancing knowledge in the field of health, prevention and rehabilitation through high-quality innovative research.

Acquired brain injury

Research projects that aim to improve how we understand and categorise brain injuries, to develop and test innovative new treatments

GBD Neurological Centre

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Neurological Centre was established in 2019.

Dementia epidemiology and prevention

This programme aims to advance knowledge of dementia.

Other research projects

These include neuropsychology, muscular disorders, and diseases such as polio and autism.

Collaborations and partnerships

NISAN has the potential to generate new research and new academic expertise. Development and/or expansion of collaborations will be enhanced through ongoing and new planned joint research projects.

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Here you can find details of the Institute's scientific outputs since 2012. They are sorted alphabetically by the last name of the first author and by category (articles, conference contributions, books, chapters, reports).