Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

News & Updates

From campaign updates to our archive of media stories, you’ll find everything you need to know about our mission to grow neurosurgical services in the South. Be part of our campaign. DONATE TODAY!

  • Walk the picturesque Milford Track and fundraise for us at the same time!


    Ever wanted to walk the Milford Track but never made the time? Here’s your opportunity to enjoy a fantastic experience while fundraising for neurosurgery at the same time.

    The Milford Track Guided Walk is a fantastic 5 day/4 night adventure, traversing the heart of Fiordland National Park from Te Anau to Milford Sound. What’s more, the full price for this special Brain Week Walk will be donated directly to the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign.

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  • Research Scientist advocates Neurological Foundation Chair

    A South Otago-born research scientist working with cloned sheep is following the developments of the Neurological Foundation chair campaign from his Auckland University lab.

    Dr Russell Snell – whose father, Rodney Snell, was the first principal at Telford Farm Training Institute near Balclutha – said the promise of a chair to complete the neurological unit in Dunedin would benefit the southern district for its research potential as well as for its surgical capabilities.

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  • Chair to enable new research pathways

    The Dunedin-based Neurological Foundation is a partnership between the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board, which aims to build connections between academic research and clinical expertise.

    For University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne, the establishment of a neurosurgery professorship, or university chair, within the division of health sciences, will enable the pursuit of a range of new research pathways and opportunities involving an array of academic disciplines.

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  • Third of the way to $3m

    The neurosurgery fundraising campaign is a third of the way to its target, with just over $1 million raised.

    The Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery campaign had raised $1,003,807 by yesterday afternoon, project manager Irene Mosley said.

    Launched just over a week ago, the campaign aims to raise $3 million to hire a professor and set up a neurosurgery research unit at the University of Otago.

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  • Neurosurgery unit saving lives

    When Invercargill mum Melissa Kane signed the petition to keep Dunedin's neurosurgery unit from being moved to Christchurch, she had no idea that the result would affect her 5-month-old daughter, Emily.

    In late 2010, when going into a rugby game, she remembers scribbling her name on a petition that was being presented by a woman wearing pyjamas.

    "I think I thought `oh poor lady in pyjamas' and signed it. I caught up with friends and told them I'd just signed the petition to keep the neurosurgery in Dunedin and then said `it's not like I'll ever need it myself'."

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  • UK surgeon appointed to neuro service

    The second permanent neurosurgeon appointment has been made to the Dunedin node of the South Island Neurosurgery Service.

    Reuben Johnson (38), of the United Kingdom, will take up his position as senior lecturer in neurosurgery at the University of Otago's Dunedin School of Medicine and consultant neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital in the middle of next year.

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  • Neurosurgery campaign earns award for 'ODT'

    The Otago Daily Times completed a remarkable hat-trick at the 2011 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association awards in Sydney on Thursday night.

    The highlight was its win in the Cause-Related marketing section (25,000 to 90,000 circulation) for its campaign to keep neurosurgical services in the South.

    The ODT was also highly commended in the Young Readers section (25,000 to 90,000 circulation) for its Class Act and Extra! programmes and highly commended in the technical awards for printing excellence on a single-width press.

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  • Neurosurgeon appointed to hub

    The first neurosurgeon appointed to the Dunedin hub of the South Island Neurosurgical Service, Ahmad Taha had no plans to stay when he arrived a year ago, but admits to falling in love with the place and the people.

    The service announced the appointment yesterday, the first permanent neurosurgeon position since Suzanne Jackson left in 2009.

    Mr Taha arrived in Dunedin in July last year to complete a six-month locum contract just as the Keep Neurosurgery in Dunedin campaign was about to get into full swing.

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  • Extra registrar for Dunedin neurosurgery

    The development of neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital will include the appointment of an extra registrar, it was announced yesterday.

    This is in addition to the three consultant neurosurgeons sought for the Dunedin hub of the new South Island-wide service.

    Shortlisting of candidates for two of those positions, a full-time clinical neurosurgeon and a senior University of Otago lecturer, should be completed this week.

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  • Dunedin keeps neurosurgery services

    Dunedin has won its battle to retain neurosurgery services after a long-running inquiry.

    In a report today, the Director General of Health said the South Island would retain neurosurgery services in Christchurch and Dunedin but would look "radically different", including one board to govern the entire South Island service, headed by a world-leading neurosurgeon.

    The service would eventually have seven to eight neurosurgeons with at least three in Dunedin.

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