Professor Valery Feigin

Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology
Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN)

Prof Valery Feign

Born and raised in Russia, Professor Valery Feigin moved to New Zealand in 1999 after an extensive academic career. Valery completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus University, The Netherlands, and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Neurology, Moscow (1992).

Valery made the move to AUT in 2008 and says, “I am absolutely satisfied with AUT. There are many opportunities for research and career development here.”

Currently, Valery has three research projects involving Pacific people. He is researching the health impact on Pacific peoples of various neurological disorders and believes that Pacific people are disadvantaged in terms of health outcomes for neurological disorders.

Controlling, preventing and rehabilitating neurological diseases from stroke, traumatic brain injury and muscular dystrophy are priorities for Valery and his team at the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (NISAN).

Valery’s research is motivated by being able to make a difference in the health outcomes for strokes and neurological disorders.

“Neurological disorders are prevalent and very devastating in terms of the health outcomes, socioeconomic consequences and consequences for the family.

“It’s major. If we improve in this area, even the smallest bit, it will make a major impact.”

Valery’s goal is to reduce the burden of neurological disorders by reducing the number of people affected by these disorders. He says this is priority number 1. He says for this to happen, there needs to be more efficient rehabilitation and engagement in the community for all people affected by the disorders.

The research which NISAN produces is very important, says Valery. In the past, neurological disorders were not a major health issue, but now they are recognised as the third major health issue worldwide.

“It is a very fast evolving area where a lot of positive things are happening in terms of the prevention and management of stroke. It is a good area to be active in.”

Valery’s expertise in this field has been recognised around the world. His papers have been downloaded over 910,000 times (according to ScienceDirect) and cited over 69,600 times (according to Google Scholar), putting Valery in the top 1% by citations as ranked by ScienceDirect.

“The ways of preventing neurological disorders in Pacific communities has always been, and always will remain, an integral part of our research."