Yearly Archives: 2016


Data Linkage in Stroke Research

By Nadine Andrew From birth until death information about us is collected by different agencies and government departments. Data linkage is the method of bringing together information about people from different sources. This is particularly useful in stroke research because people with stroke have many contacts with different sectors of the health system before, during [...]

Letter from America

By Liam Johnson Late in 2015, I was fortunate to be awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship, which supports aspiring Australian scientists to travel and engage in research at an overseas institution. My fellowship encompasses visits to some world-renowned stroke rehabilitation research laboratories, a presentation at the American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR), and leading a research [...]

Implementation Science Stream

  By Liz Lynch Research from Australia and overseas has shown that patients receive just over half the recommended care for their health conditions. This gap between what we know from research about effectively treating health conditions versus what is provided to patients might be due to health professionals being unaware of, or having difficulty [...]

2016 HMRI Awards

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) has presented its annual Early-Career Research Award to Dr Andrew Bivard from the University of Newcastle. The majority of Dr Bivard’s work is in acute ischemic stroke imaging which has focused on patient selection for reperfusion therapies. Together with industry partners, he developed an automated processing program that utilises [...]

Building an imaging database

By Tom Lillicrap The days of thinking that the brain cannot recover from injury after a severe insult are well and truly behind us and there is a wealth of animal data indicating that not only does injury provoke immense recovery mechanisms but that these mechanisms affect the whole brain. However we are still trying [...]

Harnessing the brain’s capacity to overcome disability

Prof Julie Bernhardt spoke to Dr Andi Horvath recently about the state of the science in stroke recovery as part of the University of Melbourne's Up Close podcast series. To listen to the podcast or to download the transcript click here.

An approach to measuring and encouraging research translation and research impact

Searles A, Doran C, Attia J, Knight D, Wiggers J, Deeming S, Mattes J, Webb B, Hannan S, Ling R, Edmunds K, Reeves P, Nilsson M. Health Research Policy and Systems 2016, 14:60 DOI: 10.1186/s12961-016-0131-2     Click here to view the article

Julie Bernhardt wins two awards

In October, Julie Bernhardt has been honoured with two significant awards. Most recently she was named the winner of the Global category of the 2016 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Julie won the Global category for many reasons including conducting the international clinical trial AVERT (A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial), [...]

Fatigue After Stroke Trial

Toby Cumming, a neuropsychologist and CRE Research Affiliate, recently took part in an online chat about fatigue in stroke. Other participants in the discussion were: Brenda Booth - a registered nurse and disability case worker. She had a stroke at the age of 41. Simone Russell - an occupational therapist who answers questions on enableme and the [...]

Basic Science – an update

By Rohan Walker The basic science grouping at the Hunter Medical Research Institute has been very busy over the course of the last year. We have now developed and validated a robust and non-invasive biological measure of chronic stress. Here the CRE's support for senior postdoctoral researcher Dr Lin Ong has been incredibly important to developing [...]