Who we are

feiginThe New Zealand Stroke Education Trust is a charitable organisation based in New Zealand. The Trust was registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration number CC47555) in 2012.

The founder and Managing Director of the Trust is Professor Valery Feigin, MD, PhD, FAAN. He is also Affiliate Professor of the Department of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington; President of the International Association on Neurology and Epidemiology; Honorary Professor of the Novosibirsk State Medical University, Russia, and Visiting Professor of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, China. He is a Fellow Member (Academic) of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Foreign Fellow (Academic) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a member of the Advisory Working Group on Stroke for the WHO, and is currently Co-Chair of the Global Policy Committee and Executive Committee member of the World Stroke Organization. After graduating in medicine from the State Medical School of Novosibirsk, Russia, Professor Feigin undertook advanced training in neurology and clinical epidemiology research that has taken him from Moscow to the Mayo Clinic in America and Erasmus University in the Netherlands. During his career, Professor Feigin has authored or co-authored over 700 academic publications (including more than 350 journal articles, including 80 in The Lancet), 12 handbooks, 26 books and chapters, and 4 patents. Professor Feigin is 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), Gedeon Richter Award for Studies on Cavinton in Acute Stroke, and the World Stroke Organization President’s Award and Stroke Association of Australasia Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical stroke research.

Professor Feigin is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuroepidemiology, an Honorary Medical Director of the Stroke Central New Zealand, a large dedicated charitable organization that provides help for people with stroke and their families in the New Zealand Central Region. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Global Policy Committee of the World Stroke Organization, the world’s leading organization in the fight against stroke, and WHO expert on stroke.

Valery’s expertise in the field of epidemiology and neurology has been recognised around the world. He is the only New Zealander who was acknowledged by the Lancet in a published personal profile [Lancet Neurology 2013;12(1):33], acknowledging his outstanding contributions to scientific knowledge and understanding of stroke. His papers have been downloaded over 910,000 times (according to ScienceDirect; Scopus h-index 90; Google Scholar h-index 109) and cited over 161,000 times (according to Google Scholar), putting Valery in the top 1% by citations as ranked by Web of Science. Just from the last year (2020) to 2021 his citation rate is one every 15 minutes, and rising.


These DVDs and video clips from the DVDs have been developed by leading health professionals with expertise in stroke prevention, treatment and recovery from the Auckland University (Dr Suzanne Barker-Collo, Dr Valery Feigin, Dr Hugh Senior, Dr Ralph Maddison, Dr Hayden McRobbie), Auckland University of Technology (Ms Juliet Rosie), Auckland District Health Board (Dr Samir Anwar, Mrs Kate Sladden) and Middlemore Hospital of County Manukau Health (Dr Geoffrey Green, Mrs Terri Killip, Mrs Caroline Berg, Mr Mark Harris, Mrs Margaret Spenser).* The DVDs have been endorsed by the World Stroke Federation (currently World Stroke Organization) and the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation.

We wish to thank the Freemasons of New Zealand and the health professionals for their support in the production of the DVD. We also thank EVER Neuro Pharma GmbH for their financial support and Andrew Muryshev for the development of the NZSET website. We are especially grateful to the stroke survivors and their family caregivers who appear on these video clips and DVDs for sharing what they have experienced to help other stroke survivors and their loved ones.

These DVDs and video clips from the DVDs are founded on the book “When Lightning Strikes – An Illustrated Guide to Stroke Prevention and Recovery” by Dr Valery Feigin (HarperCollins Publishers Auckland, NZ 2004) which has been endorsed by the World Stroke Federation (currently World Stroke Organization), National Stroke Foundation of Australia and the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand. Professor Valery Feigin was also the leading author and principal editor of the DVDs and video clips.

The Earth image used on the DVDs was sourced from NASA. Animations and graphics by Argent of Change Ltd.

 We greatly appreciate sponsorship to support our charitable work from Moleac Ltd and ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd Moleac.png          Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 11.45.01 AM.png 

*Affiliations shown here were at the time of filming of the DVD.

Media appearance 

Interview with Professor Valery Feigin to RNZ "Where digital tools for stroke prevention fail to make the grade"
Interview with Professor Valery Feigin to the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE)

The article about the Stroke Rehabilitation website on the Brain Research New Zealand website
Interview with Dr Ramesh Sahaphevan to the Western Victoria’s News (WIN News Ballarat)

Useful links 



New Zealand Stroke Education Trust 2011 Ⓒ