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.

Stroke brain

Prof Julie Bernhardt


Prof Vincent Thijs


A glimpse at our projects

  1. A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT).
  2. Cerebral Haemodynamics and Orthostatic Response to Upright Posture in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (CHORUS).
  3. Characterising Arm Recovery in People with Severe Stroke (CARPSS).
  4. Prediction of Long-Term Outcome after Stroke Using Clinically Available Acute Brain Imaging.
  5. Optimising stroke rehabilitation: Do short exercise sessions improve motor learning after stroke?.
  6. Building Patient Centred Concepts into Stroke Rehabilitation.
  7. Exploring the Implementation of Early Rehabilitation for Patients with Acute Stroke.
  8. The Effect of Very Early Mobilisation after Stroke on Cognitive Outcome.
  9. Examining Exercise Preferences after Stroke.
  10. Fatigue After Stroke Trial (FAST): A randomised controlled study.
  11. The Missing Medians: Exclusion of Ordinal Data from Meta-Analyses.
  12. Virtual Reality Cognitive Assessment in Aphasia.
  13. Is The SenseWear Armband a Valid and Reliable Tool to Measure Energy Expenditure Early after Stroke?.
  14. Changes in Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness Early after Stroke: A Longitudinal Study.
  15. Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA): A Phase II Trial.
  16. Physical and Social activity patterns in an acute neurological unit environment: an observational study.
  17. Predicting the recovery of walking after stroke.
  18. Improving outcome assessment in stroke rehabilitation trials .
  19. Testing for ‘contamination’ of standard care in a trial of acute stroke rehabilitation.
  20. Stratifying stroke patients in rehabilitation and recovery trials.
  21. Increasing physical activity in stroke rehabilitation units – towards an effective solution.
  22. Improving recovery early after stroke: Can we make the hospital environment more stimulating?.
  23. The effect of blue light on post-stroke fatigue.
  24. The impact of motivation on stroke rehabilitation.
  25. The brain benefits of exercise training after stroke.
  26. Stroke-CARE - Developing a Cardiac Rehabilitation Model of Exercise for Stroke Survivors.
  27. Implementing the Stroke Exercise Preference Inventory (SEPI) at an inpatient rehabilitation site.
  28. Right dose, right person, right time: Advancing stroke rehabilitation paradigms.
  29. New Optimised Virtual Environment Living Lab: Using virtual reality and design science to redesign stroke rehabilitation environments.
  30. Testing for ‘contamination’ of standard care in a trial of acute stroke rehabilitation.
  31. Post-stroke changes to bone microarchitecture in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery ischemia.
  32. Is pre-stroke fitness associated with rate of stroke recovery?.
  33. Common and rare variants underlying vascular remodeling of brain arteries in young patients with TIA and stroke.
  34. Improved understanding of imaging features of cerebral venous thrombosis using a large, international multicentre imaging repository.
  35. A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT): Database Projects.