Laboratory head - Pre-clinical stroke research
Dr Carli Roulston
BSc (Hons) PhD

Dr Carli Roulston is a PhD Neuroscientist specialising in research to promote recovery after stroke with a focus towards improving the use of animal models to inform treatment effects on brain remodelling. She has experience in commercialisation as well as leading independently funded projects, and is internationally recognised for characterising and quantify brain remodelling across variations in stroke severity to inform treatment stratification. To this end she is currently working with the Bionics Institute and commercial partners to screen new treatments that 1) promote recovery of the injury brain; and 2) reduce the immune response to stroke. In addition her laboratory is also exploring ways in which to reconnect cells within the neurovascular unit after stroke by targeting reactive gliosis to promote brain rescue and remodelling.

Current research projects include:

  1. Targeting astrocyte transformation after stroke to restore the neurovascular unit.
  2. Restoring function after stroke with a sub-scalp bionic implant for stimulation therapy.
  3. Investigating the peripheral immune response to stroke care.

Key collaborators:

A/Professor Chris Williams
Professor Phil Beart
A/Professor Heung Chin-Cheng 
Dr Matthew Petoe

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade

Awards and achievements

Bethlehem Griffiths Award 2009
Brain Foundation award 2014
Board Member Stroke Association Victoria

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