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Inspiring world-leading stroke research
Philanthropy provides the empowerment, seed-funding and capacity building for researchers to think boldly and act with confidence to make discoveries, like that of Florey stroke researcher Professor Julie Bernhardt.
Over the past eight years, Professor Bernhardt’s team have investigated and identified the major unmet needs of younger people who experience stroke. Thanks to this foundation of research, Professor Bernhardt and Florey colleague Professor Vincent Thijs are now leading Australia’s first comprehensive young stroke service out of the institute.
The Young Stroke Service aims to create an all-in-one service connecting people aged 18-45 who have experienced a stroke with care providers and peer support to enable long-term recovery.
‘This collaborative project will build, test and embed an innovative, digitally enabled young stroke service to overcome geographic boundaries and better meet the long-term care need of young people who experience stroke,’ said Professor Bernhardt.
Their project was made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Government and added philanthropic support of a significant donation from Ronda Hall and her family.
‘It is rewarding to watch and assist the contributions to stroke treatment led by Julie and her team. I understand the impact and frustrations caused by stroke and am so happy that our family can help,’ says Rhonda.
It is support, like that of Ronda and others, that allows researchers to conduct proof-of-concept research and preliminary investigations on neurological conditions like stroke.