Neurological Foundation Southern Chair in Neurosurgery

ABOUT THE CHAIR IN NEUROSURGERY

**** Belgian neurosurgeon Professor Dirk De Ridder took up his post in February as the Neurological Foundation PROFESSOR OF Neurosurgery after a hugely successful public fundraising campaign ****

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THE BACKGROUND

In 2010, the government overturned its decision to centralise all neurosurgical services to Christchurch, after thousands fought publicly to retain the life-saving service here. Dunedin is now part of a two-hub South Island Neurosurgical Service.

THE ROLE OF THE CHAIR IN NEUROSURGERY

The Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery is a unique position - showing the true power of collaboration.

The Neurological Foundation, Otago University and Dunedin Hospital have joined forces to ensure Dunedin and Southland - indeed the whole South Island - benefit from a comprehensive neurosurgical service through this professorial position.

The successful candidate will:

  • LEAD the country's first academic neurosurgery unit, conducting vital research into diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system.

  • TEACH a new generation of neurosurgeons - making Otago University an essential destination for the study of neurosurgery.

  • WORK with the team of neurosurgeons based at Dunedin Hospital - dealing with a range of acute cases.

  • BE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED in neurosurgery.

RAISING FUNDS FOR THE CHAIR IN NEUROSURGERY CAMPAIGN

The Neurological Foundation worked hard to raise over $3 million in 2012 to fund this critical position in perpetuity.

It's vital we not only lock in these essential neurosurgical services in the South - but also grow them. The Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery is a key part of ensuring this bright future.

For more information on the Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery, visit the campaign website.