Neurorehabilitation and Recovery Group
The potential to drive adaptive neural plastic changes through rehabilitation is enormous and likely to lead to major changes in rehabilitation practice and better outcomes for stroke survivors. However, we do not have effective means of identifying individuals who may benefit from therapy nor how to select the most optimal therapy for an individual. The Neurorehabilitation and Recovery research program focuses on stroke recovery: in particular how the brain adapts and how we can harness that potential in rehabilitation. The research involves development of novel rehabilitation approaches and personalised stroke rehabilitation informed by neuroscience. MRI is used to investigate how changes in the brain can help target rehabilitation most optimally to individual stroke survivors. Our research also examines factors, such as depression and cognition, that impact on stroke recovery. An important focus is to translate these discoveries into clinical practice and better outcomes for stroke survivors.
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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.