AVERT Early Rehabilitation Research Group
To date, our group has provided vital new research to improve stroke rehabilitation outcomes and practice world-wide. To impact the global burden of disability after stroke, we continue to focus our efforts and innovate to develop the most effective treatments and treatment environments (hospitals) to maximize recovery in people after stroke.
At the core of our current research program is the AVERT DOSE trial, an international randomised trial recruiting patients in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Ireland and India. Led by Professor Julie Bernhardt, this trial aims to identify the most effective mobility training program early after stroke. As a part of this trial, collaborators Professor Vincent Thijs and Dr Kate Hayward aim to better understand the contribution of body biology (genetics and brain markers) to stroke recovery.
Our team is also working on how the hospital environment can be optimised to accelerate neurological recovery and create the ideal rehabilitation service. Central to this is the NOVELL trial, which will use virtual reality and design science to develop a model for the redesign of health architecture in stroke rehabilitation.
As well as undertaking studies in people with stroke, Professor Julie Bernhardt co-ordinates a global collaboration of research and clinical experts, funders and consumers, called the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable. This collaboration has published consensus recommendations on eight stroke research priorities areas, with over 23,000 pdf downloads (at May 2019). We use these recommendations to improve our own stroke research. Professor Julie Bernhardt also leads the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery. This centre aims to transform stroke research and practice in Australia.
Our research program is investigator led and not-for-profit. For each project, we require funding support from governments (state, federal and international), as well as philanthropic support. We are currently seeking new funds to develop a Global Integrated Biobank for Stroke (GIBS), an innovative technology resource to support new research using stroke biological data.
Our research at a glimpse
- AVERT DOSE | Determining the most effective mobility training program early after stroke
- To what extent does the physical environment impact on affective, cognitive, and physical responses of people with brain injury?
- A framework for optimising the design of rehabilitation facilities: Reframing stroke rehabilitation spaces as learning spaces
- A descriptive survey of adult inpatient physical rehabilitation facility buildings in Victoria, Australia
- The ENVIRONS (ENVironments for Inpatient RehabilitatiON of Stroke patients) study
- AVERT | Factors related to time to recovery of independent walking
- Common and rare variants underlying vascular remodelling of brain arteries in young patients with TIA and stroke
- Modulators of Stroke Recovery
- Diabetes and impaired glycemic control as risk factors for stroke outcome - mendelian randomization
- Prediction of post-stroke falls and fractures to improve outcomes for stroke survivors: what can we learn from AVERT data?
- Right dose, right person, right time: Advancing stroke rehabilitation paradigms
- New Optimised Virtual Environment Living Lab: Using virtual reality and design science to redesign stroke rehabilitation environments
- The brain benefits of exercise training after stroke
- The impact of motivation on stroke rehabilitation
- The effect of blue light on post-stroke fatigue
- Improving recovery early after stroke: Can we make the hospital environment more stimulating?
- Increasing physical activity in stroke rehabilitation units – towards an effective solution
- Stratifying stroke patients in rehabilitation and recovery trials
- Improving outcome assessment in stroke rehabilitation trials
- Predicting the recovery of walking after stroke
- Virtual Reality Cognitive Assessment in Aphasia
- Fatigue After Stroke Trial (FAST): A randomised controlled study
- Examining Exercise Preferences after Stroke
- Optimising stroke rehabilitation: Do short exercise sessions improve motor learning after stroke?
- Prediction of Long-Term Outcome after Stroke Using Clinically Available Acute Brain Imaging
- Characterising Arm Recovery in People with Severe Stroke (CARPSS)
- Cerebral Haemodynamics and Orthostatic Response to Upright Posture in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (CHORUS)
- AVERT | International stroke rehabilitation database available for research projects
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