Donations and pledges totalling $3.9 million kick-started a visionary new campaign for a Chair in Neurosurgery which has been building since late 2013.
The aim of the campaign is to bridge the research excellence at the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the University of Auckland and the Neurosurgical team at Auckland City Hospital and Starship by creating a new academic unit comprising a Professor of Neurosurgery, a Senior Research Fellow and administrative support.
“International neurosurgical practice shows that when brain surgery is undertaken in an environment of exciting research, the development of innovative new surgical treatments will follow,” said the Director of the CBR, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull.
The new academic unit will enhance the surgical care of people with disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, aneurysms and traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord.
In recognition of a $2 million gift from the Freemasons of New Zealand, the Chair will be named the Freemasons Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Auckland. A generous pledge of $1 million from the Douglas Charitable Trust has secured the appointment of a Senior Neurosurgical Research Fellow and $500,000 pledged from the David Levene Foundation has also resulted in substantial progress towards the goal of $8 million to endow the unit.
The Auckland District Health Board has generously agreed to fund half of the total salary of the Chair. The first five years of the other half of the salary have been funded by the University of Auckland and the Aotearoa Foundation, from Julian Robertson in New York.
Make a donation to the Chair of Neurosurgery. The critical function of this new Professor will be to harness, integrate and provide exciting new research opportunities, further developing world-class neurosurgical treatments. The individual appointed will be a true “surgeon-scientist” with high-level brain surgery skills and a passion for research.