Stroke and Ageing Research Group
The Stroke and Ageing Research Group adopts a trans-disciplinary approach to research and clinical translation in the fields of cerebrovascular disease (acute stroke, imaging, small vessel disease, stroke prevention, public health) and brain ageing (vascular and metabolic contributions to neurodegeneration, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease). It consists of 5 divisions headed by experts in the relevant fields who have substantial experience in mentoring students in research projects. Research conducted by the members of the group provides a number of research opportunities for postgraduate students.
Epidemiology and Prevention division
Prof Amanda Thrift is the Group director and leads the Epidemiology and Prevention division which conducts international studies in primary and secondary prevention trials in stroke and other vascular diseases. A major focus is in improving management of blood pressure and diabetes in developing countries.
Clinical Trials, Imaging and Informatics division
A/Prof Henry Ma leads the Clinical Trials, Imaging and Informatics division which conducts clinical trials in acute stroke and secondary stroke prevention, advanced imaging studies in stroke, and adopts novel techniques of computational analyses using BIG data.
Prof Thanh Phan is an acute stroke specialist and neurologist with clinical and research expertise in stroke thrombolysis, endovascular therapy, and the management of transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke.
Translational Public Health division
Prof Dominique Cadilhac leads the Translational Public Health division conducting several projects aimed at improving quality of stroke care in hospitals, telemedicine provision in regional hospitals, as well as the use of behavioural techniques to improve stroke outcome in patients.
Dr Monique Kilkenny is a highly experienced epidemiologist who collaborates with other national researchers in the field of stroke using linked data, performance monitoring, quality improvement research and health promotion evaluations.