NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery aims to transform the stroke research and practice landscape in Australia.

The unique collaboration between the Florey and Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute researchers will develop new treatments, improve patient selection into clinical trials and advance rehabilitation research methods. It covers a number of areas: basic science, imaging, clinical trials, implementation research and data linkage.

The CRE plans to create a training culture for the next generation of rehabilitation researchers.

Professor Julie Bernhardt is the Chief Investigator of the study.

Other Florey researchers involved in the CRE are: Professors Geoff Donnan, Chris Bladin. Dominique Cadilhac, Leeanne Carey, Leonid Churilov and David Howells.


15 million strokes and six million stroke deaths occur each year leaving 55 million survivors suffering the consequences of stroke. The Stroke Division of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health comprises a team of 80 basic and clinical scientists whose aim is to understand the pathophysiology of stroke, optimise existing therapies and develop new treatments and techniques to both prevent and reduce the impact of stroke. The division has five research teams, Stroke Preclinical Science, the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program, the Neurorehabilitation and Recovery group, Public Health and Epidemiology including the Stroke Telemedicine program and the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry, and Clinical Trials.

All Labs that operate in this Division

AVERT Early Rehabilitation Research GroupNeurorehabilitation and Recovery GroupNHMRC Centre of Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and RecoveryPublic Health and Health Services Research Group