Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world, and affects approximately 48,000 Australians every year. Australia is one of a number of countries undertaking major research studies into the causes and prevention of stroke.
A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT) examines the development, testing and implementation of early physical activity for people after stroke, and learning how these interventions affect muscle, bone, mood and thinking. The international trial was conceived by the Florey and is based at the Austin campus. It has over 2,000 participants world-wide.
Basic Sciences focuses on neuroprotection and neuroregeneration after stroke, with particular emphasis on drug treatments.
This area of research uses statistical analysis to understand the costs and burden of stroke on the community.
Current research is developing methods to obtain a view into the brain and blood vessels before and after stroke. This involves state-of-the-art technology such as positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
The program focuses on investigation of neural plastic mechanisms underlying post-stroke rehabilitation and recovery, identification and measurement of factors that impact on recovery, and development of treatment approaches to facilitate neural plastic changes and better outcomes.