Professor Julie Bernhardt

Group Head

Heidelberg Campus
245 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg Victoria 3084

Research group
AVERT Early Rehabilitation Research Group

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Professor Julie Bernhardt is co-leader of The Florey’s Stroke theme and leads the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program. Stroke recovery is the next frontier in stroke medicine. Julie believes that to impact the global burden of disability after stroke, we need to rethink, reframe and refocus our efforts to develop more effective treatments and treatment environments (hospitals) to help people recover well after a stroke.

Julie is the Director of Australia’s first NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery, a partnership that has helped build capacity and research excellence in this exciting field. She spearheads the International Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable task force that is identifying important knowledge gaps and setting new targets for recovery research. She also works with architects and designers to innovate rehabilitation hospital design.

Julie is Australia’s top stroke rehabilitation clinical trialist; developing and testing interventions to enhance recovery.

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Career highlights

Awards and achievements

  • 2018 — Honorary Life Membership, Stroke Foundation Australia
  • 2016 — The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards (Global category)
  • 2016 — Austin Medical Research Foundation Distinguished Scientist
  • 2016 — American Heart Association, Stroke Rehabilitation Award
  • 2016 — Chief Executive Women Scholarship MIT Sloan
  • 2016 — Viscount Linley Award, Stroke Association
  • 2015 — Winner Male or Female Change Champion of the year

Research publications


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