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!

  • SBS donating ipads to Chair in Neurosurgery unit

    As Southland Times readers open up their paper this morning to find branded appeal envelopes for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, one Southland business is announcing its involvement in the fundraising.

    SBS Bank Invercargill branch manager Neil Bramley said the SBS Bank's donation of three iPad 2s to the neurosurgery unit – valued at about $800 each – came from the bank's desire to do what it could to help in the campaign.

    "We just want to be involved," Mr Bramley said. "We want to do what we can to help the community – this is a simple way to do that."

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  • Couple supporting fundraising effort

    An undiagnosed brain tumour turned the world of Ted and Heather Turner, formerly of Palmerston, upside down.

    However, after an eight-year journey of rehabilitation, the couple's fierce determination, indefatigable spirit, and love for one another has remained strong and true.

    The Turners are staunch advocates and supporters of the Neurological Foundation's public campaign to fundraise $3 million to establish a chair of neurosurgery in Dunedin, after experiencing first-hand the benefits of a Dunedin-based service.

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  • Crucial Neurosurgery required

    It was during the 2010 neurosurgery campaign that Margaret Sykes started to think something was wrong with her right arm.

    Little did she know the journey she and husband Graeme were starting that August, when a malignant brain tumour began showing itself through a weakened right arm.

    Weeks later she would have the first of five operations to deal with the left-sided tumour, a level-three astrocytoma.

    Since then Mrs Sykes (59) has had four urgent neurosurgery procedures, all carried out by Dunedin Hospital neurosurgeon Ahmad Taha.

    Photographer Craig Baxter ODT

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  • DCC Bikewise supporting Chair in Neurosurgery Campaign

    Bike Wise Challenge

    The annual Bike Wise Challenge goes local this year.

    Challenge your local Dunedin community and fundraise to secure the future of the Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery at the same time.

    It's going to be heaps of fun, plus it contributes towards a good cause so rally the troops from around your work/department and register today!

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  • Research opportunities a key

    When her father's illness prompted an interest in neurology, Irene Mosley had no idea how important the medical field would be to her and those she loved.

    The Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery campaign project manager not only has more than 20 years' experience working in community development and fundraising, she has first-hand experience of the impact of neurological conditions.

    In 1996, when her father was 64, he suffered a silent heart attack, followed by a stroke.

    "He was a vibrant man in his 60s who was left an invalid overnight," Mrs Mosley said.

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  • Walk funds for neurosurgery chair

    Proceeds from a "Brain Week Walk" on the Milford Track in March will contribute to the growing fund for the chair of neurosurgery in Dunedin, which also received a $300,000 boost this week.

    Fifty spaces for the Ultimate Hikes walk over the Milford Track will result in the $2000 price being matched by Ultimate Hikes as a donation to the $3 million campaign that kicked off on Friday night.

    The walk leaves Queenstown on March 21.

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  • 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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