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. Valery is also the Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the Auckland University of Technology and Affiliate Professor of the Department of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, as well as Honorary Professor at the Novosibirsk State Medical University, Russia. Professor Feigin’s prime research interest is in the epidemiology, prevention and management of stroke and traumatic brain injury. He has published over 650 research articles and his publications have been cited over 90,000 times. Valery is currently the most cited scientist in NZ and one of the 1% most cited scientists in the world.

Professor Feigin is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuroepidemiology and is a member of the Editorial Boards of 10 international medical journals. Valery is an Honorary Medical Director of the Stroke Central Region, 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 Director on the Board of Directors of the World Stroke Organization, the world’s leading organization in the fight against stroke, and WHO expert on stroke.

In 2014 and 2015, Professor Feigin was awarded the McDiarmid Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand and World Stroke Organization President’s Award for “outstanding contribution to stroke research and prevention”. In 2018 he received a Medal from the Stroke Society of Australasia for excellence in stroke care.


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 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)

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