Dr Rita Krishnamurthi: Tackling stroke and dementia in Pacific, Indian, Māori and Pākehā communities

Dr Krishnamurthi is a Senior Research Fellow, The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences and a Brain Research New Zealand Associate Investigator.

Born in Fiji, Rita made her way to New Zealand in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Applied Science from Sydney. At the University of Auckland, she completed her PhD and worked as a research assistant at the School of Medicine. Her research investigated specific molecules for neuro-protection in Parkinson’s Disease, using animal models.

When Rita begun investigating cardiovascular diseases as a cause of dementia, she was driven by a personal desire to prevent people from having to go through dementia themselves, or to watch a loved ones go through it.

Rita identifies with her Pacific origin, as much as she does her Indian heritage, and has applied for funding for a project in South Auckland where there is a high population of Pacific and Indian people. Rita believes that they have higher risks for conventional cardiovascular risks, the same respect is also applied to dementia.

At NZANC, Dr Rita Krishnamurthi will present her findings about the BRNZ research project “Dementia and stroke awareness survey” (PI Prof Feigin).

At NZANC, Rita will reveal the level of knowledge and awareness of stroke and dementia symptoms and their risk factors in the NZ community. Findings will also be presented on whether or not a respondent’s age, gender, family history and ethnicity are associated with the level of knowledge stroke and dementia symptoms and their risk factors. The study was conducted in a national sample of 400 people with equal representation from Māori, Pacific, Asian and NZ Europeans.

The Stroke Riskometer™ app is related to this study, read more. Or download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store by clicking on the image. 

At NZANC, Dr Rita Krishnamurthi will present her findings about the BRNZ research project “Dementia and stroke awareness survey” (PI Prof Feigin).

BRNZ_Rita Krishnamurthy

4th biennial New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC) will be held on the 24-26 November 2016 at AUT city campus in Auckland, New Zealand.

This conference aims to and bridge the gap between epidemiological, clinical and translational neuroscience to reduce the burden of neurological disorders in New Zealand and internationally.

NZANC 2016 will showcase world-leading research from throughout New Zealand and the world. The conference will provide a blueprint and way forward for the prevention, treatment and amelioration of neurological disorders.

Date: Thursday 24 November – Saturday 26 November.

Location: AUT City Campus, Auckland.

Website:  http://nzanc.aut.ac.nz/

Topics for submission

The main topics that will be presented and discussed at NZANC 2016 are as follows:

1.Basic Neuroscience

2.Clinical Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation Research

3.Population and Health Economic Research of Neurological Disorders

Deadline abstract submission has now been extended: 2nd of September

Submit an abstract now