The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in stroke rehabilitation

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery aims to transform the stroke research and practice landscape in Australia.

The CRE combines the expertise of researchers at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Newcastle’s Hunter Medical Research Institute and other leading institutions.

Our researchers have expertise in stroke rehabilitation, clinical trials, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, statistics and decision support, rehabilitation policy development and research translation.

Stroke research areas covered by the CRE include basic science, imaging, clinical trials, implementation research and data linkage.

Professor Julie Bernhardt from The Florey leads the CRE which is funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.


  • BUST-STROKE trial


September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

by Coralie English We found that when stroke survivors stood up every 30 minutes and performed 3 minutes of light intensity exercises, their blood pressure was lower, compared to when they sat continuously for 8 hours. [...]

  • Mark and Tracy Laverick; ever since Mark's stroke in 2011 he was too fatigued to take part in normal family activities beyond having lunch before he would need to retire for the day.  During his participation in MIDAS he was able to stay awake until after dinner, exercise more and generally participate more in life.  The highlight of the trial came the first time he managed to take his teenage daughter to the beach in the afternoon, an experience she had not had since she was too young to remember.

Modafinil in Debilitating Fatigue After Stroke (MIDAS)

September 6th, 2018|0 Comments

by Dr Tom Lillicrap Fatigue is a common, and often debilitating symptom in stroke survivors. For many patients, fatigue improves on its own over the first 2-3 months after their stroke. However, fatigue that persists [...]

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Stroke 2018 Conference – A Consumer’s Perspective

August 28th, 2018|0 Comments

by Sue Bowden It was a thrill to be asked to talk at the Bridging the Continuum Conference. When the organisers invited me to do a presentation, I scribbled notes in my diary. Bridging the Continuum, [...]

  • CRE Rehab Workshop, Stroke 2018, Rene Stolwyk small

Making connections. Making a difference.

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

by A/Prof Coralie English As my thumbs recover from tweeting up a storm at the Stroke2018 conference – see #Stroke2018Syd / #Stroke2018 (rogue hashtags abounded!) - I am reflecting on the Meeting: on lessons learnt, [...]

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The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in stroke rehabilitation

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in stroke rehabilitation will transform the stroke rehabilitation research and practice landscape in Australia. It will accelerate the development of new interventions that are strongly supported by neuroscience.


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