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A leading Belgian neurosurgeon has accepted the offer of the University of Otago's chair in neurosurgery, as its first Neurological Foundation professor of neurosurgery, just five months into the $3million Southern region campaign to establish the chair.
Professor Dirk De Ridder, 46, has been on the neurosurgical staff at Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium since 2000 and is a professor of neuromodulation and neurosurgery at Antwerp University. He is also a founder and director of both a brain research centre and a tinnitus research initiative in Antwerp.
A campaign to bring a world-class neurosurgery research and teaching centre to Dunedin, closing in on its $3 million target after a flood of contributions this week, has been further aided by three donations from Oamaru.
The Neurological Foundation Chair of Neurosurgery Campaign hopes to establish the Neurological Foundation Chair of Neurosurgery and the country's first academic neurosurgery unit at the University of Otago.
New Zealand's first academic neurosurgery unit is being set up in Dunedin, headed by Belgian neurosurgeon Prof Dirk De Ridder, who will have joint clinical and academic duties. He arrives in February, and spoke to reporter Eileen Goodwin by email this week.
Click on the link below to listen to Martin MacFarlane, Clinical Director South Island Neurosurgical Services, speaking with Darren Ludlow from Radio Southland.
Recorded: Tuesday 17th May as part of the launch of the neurosurgery campaign in Southland
Her face has become increasingly familiar in Invercargill this last week – and you can expect to see much more of this Dunedin mum as she continues with fundraising efforts around Southland next month.
As campaign manager for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, Irene Mosley is on a mission to get the message out that the neurosurgery unit at Dunedin is just as important for Southlanders.
And no-one understands this better than Mrs Mosley.