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Modafinil in Debilitating Fatigue After Stroke (MIDAS)

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 beyond 3 months will often continue for many months or years afterwards. Severe fatigue interferes with a person’s ability to [...]

Stroke 2018 Conference – A Consumer’s Perspective

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, Global Conference, 20 minutes, lots of people, consumer, present Friday. Ask someone else about accommodation? Some rules about not being [...]

Making connections. Making a difference.

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, new insights gained, old collaborations strengthened and new connections formed. My first SSA conference was in 2005 and I have [...]

Champion Future Leaders attend grant development workshop

by Jan Chamberlain The strains of We Are the Champions by Queen set the tone for the Centre of Research Excellence grant development workshop in late June. With future leaders in stroke rehabilitation and brain recovery coming from Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney the two days were set to be thought-provoking and educational. The workshop [...]

Pint of Science – Newcastle

by Gillian Mason Gillian Mason was extra lucky in May to back up from Spotlight on Stroke and talk all things stroke and brain science with Sarah Valkenborghs and Dr Lin Kooi Ong at The Edwards bar for the Newcastle leg of the international Pint of Science festival. This festival sees researchers chat about science [...]

Spotlight on Stroke

by Gillian Mason Newcastle stroke survivors say to me regularly that they’d like to see more of our researchers, to understand what’s going on in the ‘fancy building on the hill’ and find out what our work means for them. Some share that they feel that health professionals and researchers might not actually know what [...]

Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable – June 2018 update

By Karen Borschmann, on behalf of  the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable The first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR), held in Philadelphia in 2016, was a major international collaborative effort that set the scene for a new direction in recovery research. This collaboration demonstrated that the international community is on the same page in [...]

Taking stroke rehabilitation to exercise professionals

by Liam Johnson Earlier this year, I was invited to present an Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) webinar on stroke rehabilitation. ESSA is the peak national body that represents exercise physiologists, exercise scientists and sports scientists. ESSA has a vision to improve the health and well-being of Australians through sport and exercise, and has a [...]

Future Stroke Rehabilitation Research Leaders

The CRE in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery is seeking future leaders in stroke rehabilitation and/or brain recovery research. Are you: Involved in stroke rehabilitation and/or brain recovery research? Less than 8 years post PhD (with career disruption)? Do you: Have a vision for your career in stroke rehabilitation and/or brain recovery research? Would you like: [...]

Collaboration, post-stroke fatigue and functional magnetic resonance imaging

by Peter Goodin In science, collaboration is key. Collaboration leads to discussion, which can lead to new ideas, discoveries or breakthroughs. Collaboration has the potential to allow us to see our field through new eyes and make connections where we were unable to see them before. Recently, thanks to the collaboration between The Florey Institute [...]