Dr Rita Krishnamurthi

Senior Lecturer; Deputy Director National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7809

Email: rita.krishnamurthi@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AR416

AUT North shore campus

90 Akoranga Drive


Auckland 0627

New Zealand

Postal Address:

National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (mail code A-12)

AUT University

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

New Zealand


BSc, MApplSc, PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • GBD Stroke panel member
  • Australasian Stroke Trials Network
  • Member of the Stroke Society of Australasia
  • Member of the World Stroke Organization
  • Member of Auckland Stroke Interest Regional Stroke Interest Group
  • Northern Region Stroke Network Group


Rita undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Sydney, Australia specialising in Biomedical Science. She then started as a research assistant at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, working on cardiovascular research.

Rita moved to New Zealand in 1991 and joined the University of Auckland as a Senior Research Technician working on various projects. In 2000, she began her PhD studies in the field of Parkinson's disease supervised by Dr Jian Guan, Professors Richard Faull and Dianne McCarthy. After completing her doctorate, Rita worked as a Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute and the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, UoA. She joined AUT University in late 2009 as a Senior Research Fellow and Cerebrovascular Research Programme Lead.

Teaching Areas:

  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology

Rita coordinates and lectures in the postgraduate Stroke Management paper at AUT University, and is a guest lecturer on several papers. She is primary supervisor of 2 PhD students and 2 Masters students and secondary supervisor of 2 additional PhD students and 1 Masters student. Rita also supervises Summer Students and has been a mentor for new supervisors.

Research Areas:

  • Stroke
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology
  • Prevention and treatment of stroke, particularly in high risk groups. Prevention of dementia and raising awareness of dementia in the community.

Areas of particular expertise: Conducting epidemiological studies in stroke and other neurological conditions. Neurodegenerative diseases including dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Membership of editorial boards

  • Journal of Stroke Medicine
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • European Medical Journal - Neurology (Associate Editor)
  • Frontiers in Neurology (Guest Editor, Special Edition on Stroke Teleneurology in the Era of Smartphones
  • Annals of Neuroscience
  • World Journal of Clinical Cases

Current Research Projects:

Rita is currently involved in a number of research projects, including:

  • Stroke epidemiology
  • Global Burden of Disease Project Stroke expert panel
  • Named Investigator, Co-director and Coordinator of HRC-Funded ARCOS V study
  • Associate investigator LiDiA project
  • Principal Investigator of Brain Research New Zealand Long-Term Effectiveness of Health and Wellness Coaching Study
  • Associate Investigator of HRC funded FASTER RCT
  • Associate Investigator of Brain Research New Zealand Feasibility Study of Dementia Prevalence
  • Member of Brain Research New Zealand early career advisory group
  • Associate Investigator and coordinator of NSC-Ageing Well Health and Wellness Coaching RCT
  • Associate Investigator of Brain Research New Zealand (a Centre of Research Excellence)
  • Associate Investigator of MedTech (a Centre of Research Excellence)
  • Associate Investigator of Brain Research New Zealand pilot RCT of Stroke Riskometer App
  • Associate Investigator and coordinator of RIBURST study
  • NISAN Programme Lead, Cerebrovascular Disease Research (Stroke epidemiology, prevention, epidemiology of neurological disorders including stroke, dementia)
  • Member of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, on the Stroke Expert panel
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