Monthly Archives: October 2016


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 [...]

Chronic Stress-induced Changes in Microglia in Determining Vulnerability to Mood Disorders

Walker, F R, Ong, L, Nilsson, in M Opp, MR, Editor. Primer of PsychoNeuroImmunology Research. Los Angeles, PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society, 2016:119-124

Stroke recovery – the next frontier in stroke medicine

By Julie Bernhardt I’ve worked in the stroke rehabilitation field for over 30 years now. A lot has changed over that time, but some things have stayed the same. Stroke is still one of the world’s most common and disabling diseases, and yet it remains under recognised and underfunded. On the plus side, we have [...]

Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable – Advancing the field of stroke research

By Karen Borschmann Building evidence-based treatments for rehabilitation is now recognised as a major global priority and this requires a coordinated effort at national and international levels. Approximately 60 leading stroke experts met at the first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR) in Philadelphia, USA,  in May this year. The goal of SRRR is to work [...]