The Stroke team is a multi-disciplinary service that includes Medical, Nursing, Allied Health, Neuro-Technicians, Neuropsychology Administration Services and students, with research undertaken across the service. Our research focuses on time critical treatments (within first few hours of onset of stroke symptoms), and the service participates in research in acute stroke treatments and secondary prevention studies. Our research team meets fortnightly and is currently working on the development of real-time recording of our stroke performance parameters to aid the improvement in the care of stroke patients.
The Stroke Service was responsible for establishing a Stroke Research Database, in 1997, which currently includes data from more than 10,000 patients. Examples of current research include a trial studying a novel blood thinning medication with the aim to reduce recurrent strokes. This would significantly benefit stroke patients, who are at higher risk of experiencing future strokes. Also currently underway is an investigator-led trial in the treatment of fatigue after stroke, and a further five clinical trials.
We have partnerships with other departments within the hospital such as Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Emergency, Paramedics, Intensive Care Unit, Pharmacy, and Pathology Services, and with other stroke centres across Australia, for example Royal Melbourne Hospital. We work closely together with other institutions including Macquarie University, George Institute and the Florey Institute. We collaborate with international pharmaceutical companies in projects for the development of new treatments.
Key staff members include Associate Professor Martin Krause, Dr Miriam Priglinger-Coorey, Sheila Jala, Elizabeth O’Brien, Carin Bertmar, Susan Day & Rita Marando.