Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, Valery Feigin is the Director of AUT’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience (NISAN). It is the only national research institute solely dedicated to studying the epidemiology and prevention of neurological disorders in New Zealand. These disorders affect one in five New Zealanders.
After graduating medicine from the State Medical School of Novosibirsk, Russia, his subsequent advanced training in neurology and clinical epidemiology research has taken him from Moscow to the Mayo Clinic in America and also Erasmus University in The Netherlands. Professor Feigin has been at AUT for over three years. His area of research expertise includes stroke, traumatic brain injury prevention, epidemiology and treatment/rehabilitation.
Under Valery’s leadership, NISAN has generated more than $8 million of external funding and is comprised of a team of 44 researchers. In the past two years alone NISAN has attracted two significant one-off HRC grants, including one five-year ARCOS (Auckland Regional Community Stroke) IV Programme and Brain Injury Outcomes New Zealand Comminity (BIONIC) study grants for measuring and reducing stroke and traumatic brain injury burden in New Zealand. Over the last three years, he and his team have also published 95 scientific articles in high-ranked journals as Lancet, Lancet Neurology, Stroke, Neuroepidemiology, and Neurology.
Valery is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal of Neuroepidemiology and an Editorial Board member of 10 other international medical journals. He currently leads the Stroke Experts Panel of the Global Burden of Disease Project that contributes data to the WHO regular reports distributed all over the world. He is also a member of the Advisory Working Group on Stroke for the WHO ICD-11 version. Valery has authored/co-authored over 320 scientific publications on stroke epidemiology, prevention and management, including 11 stroke handbooks and 10 book chapters.
In addition, Valery is also the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international awards and distinctions, including the Fogarty International Centre Research Grant Award (National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke of the USA, Mayo Clinic), Bruce Shoenburg International Award and Lecture in Neuroepidemiology (American Academy of Neurology), and the Gedeon Richter Award for Studies on Cavinton in Acute Stroke.