2 Headlines Editor Danelle Clayton Contributors Thorne Snow Stephanie Murdoch Design The Design Cellar Ltd On the cover The MASTERSTROKE team left to right: Leanda Ritchie, Research Nurse; Dr Stefan Brew, NeuroRadiologist; Professor Alan Barber, Neurological Foundation Chair of Clinical Neurology; Dr Doug Campbell, Anaesthetist; Davina McAllister, Research Manager. ISSN 0114-9768 CONTACTUS Neurological Foundation, PO Box 110022 Auckland Hospital, Auckland 1148 Phone: 09 309 7749 Free call: 0508 BRAINS (0508 272 467) Email: Website: If you are moving, please let us know your new address so that you don’t miss the next issue of Headlines . DONOR RELATIONS CONTACTS Theresa Liebenberg – 027 233 0710 Margie Carter – 021 042 8114 Headlines is printed on paper from responsible resources Kia ora, For this issue of Headlines, we’re focusing on stroke, a condition that, as you’ll read, is the leading cause of disability in adults and the second largest cause of death. However, thanks to research that you’ve helped support, we’re in one of the best places in the world to deal with stroke. This is an excellent example of how neurological research can translate to clinical practice, changing the lives of the 1 in 5 Kiwis affected by neurological conditions. A special thank you to the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and Stroke Central New Zealand for their contributions. In this issue you’ll also read about Angela Caughey, a long- time Neurological Foundation supporter who became an advocate and author after losing her late husband to Lewy body dementia. She’s a testament to how we can all contribute to bettering outcomes for those affected by neurological conditions in our own ways. Some can conduct neurological research, others can write books to educate and inspire, and many, like you, can support charities such as ours. No matter your contribution, we’re so very grateful for the support – as are those affected by neurological conditions. If you haven’t already joined us for one of our digital events, I recommend checking out our events calendar on page 3 and signing up to one – or maybe even two! These events are a great opportunity for you, our supporters, to get to know more about the research you help fund and how the work is progressing. From stroke, migraine and epilepsy to dementia and Parkinson’s, there are so many fascinating upcoming topics, and I cannot wait to join you online for them. As always, thank you for your continued support. These past few years have been challenging but because of you, we remain on the pathway to hope. Mā te wā, Rich Easton Message from our Chief Executive Our upcoming events Taking on one of New Zealand’s biggest killers A closer look at a condition: Stroke Stories from the front lines of stroke research A word from our Donor Relations Specialists A COVID-19 head start Angela Caughey debuts her third book 'A Better Brain for Life" 10 years on with Dr Jessie Jacobsen Neurological research from around the globe Contents 3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19