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2008-10 research grants

Research Grants 2010
Honours grants


  1. Laura Fisher – Intra-rater relability of sonographic measures and early changes in muscle thickness in individuals hospitalised after stroke.
  2. Geraldine Banks – Exercise preferences in stroke patients and their relationship to perceived self-efficacy.
  3. Sarah McMullen – Roach – Stroke Unit Care: who’s admitted, who misses out and what’s the difference in care?
  4. Georgia Garrett – Patient and proxy ratings of quality of life after stroke for patients with and without aphasia.
  5. Lucy Murtha – Effects of therapeutic hypothermia and rewarming on intracranial pressure in experimental stroke.
  6. Caitlin Brandenberg – Measuring talking time in everyday life for people with aphasia using mobile technology.
  7. Nick Buckley – The use of environmental enrichment to enhance patient rehabilitation post stroke: A psychological perspective.
  8. Barbara Wolfenden – Experiences of younger stroke survivors in re-establishing identity and returning to work.
  9. Eril McKinnon -Identifying the rehabilitation needs of people with aphasia who live alone.
  10. Yvonne Yee Kwan Mak – Development and implementation of a standardized sensory screening tool for use with sub-acute patients post stroke: Implementation of best evidence into clinical practice setting.
  11. Rebecca Hefferon – What is the effect of a six week Tai Chi programme on balance, mobility and quality of life in community ambulating chronic stroke survivors?

Small Project Grants

  1. Debbie Quain – Does cerebral blood flow drop with upright posture in acute ischeamic stroke patients?
  2. Heidi Janssen – The use of an enriched environment to improve recovery after stroke.
  3. Natalie Hamam –  Strategies for resuming sexual activities following stroke: the stroke survivors perspective’.
  4. Tammy Hoffman – Self-management intervention for enhancing early emotional adjustment following stroke for people with aphasia: A Phase II trial’.
  5. Dr Elaine Leung – TIA Management and Diagnosis – COMBAT and Biomarker Discovery’.


Clinical Research Development Award


Katy Hackling – The effect of intensive home based speech pathology intervention on Speech, swallowing and quality of life for stroke survivors.

Research Grants 2009


Small Project Grants


  1. Dr Toby Cumming – National Stroke Research Institute, VIC – The effect of very early mobilisation after stroke on cognitive impairment, depression and quality of life.
  2. Dr Jonathan Sturm – Gosford Hospital, NSW – A simple intervention to prevent depression and improve quality of life after stroke.
  3. Stacey George –  Repatriation General Hospital, SA – An evaluation of rehabilitation of vision following stroke.
  4. Dr Annie McCluskey – The University of Sydney, NSW – Translating evidence into practice: Helping people with stroke to get out of the house.

Honours Grants

  1. Joyce Chan – La Trobe University, VIC – Are functional outcome measures sensitive to change following Botulinum Toxin injections in adults with lower limb spasticity?
  2. Mr. Weili Chan – University of South Australia – ‘Yoga and Meditation as an Adjunct to Stroke Exercise Rehabilitation’.
  3. Alison King – University of Sydney, NSW – Low levels of patient activity can limit rehabilitation outcomes after stroke.
  4. Tom Lillicrap – ANU – Testing the efficacy of Intravascular Cooling for reducing the temperature of Penumbra tissue after acute ischaemic stroke.
  5. Katherine McGurth – Edith Cowan University – Young Stroke Survivors’ Experiences of Peer Support.
  6. Aisling Ryan – University of Queensland – Measuring outcomes in people who have had a stroke: can the telephone be used?
  7. Jacinta Spitzer – La Trobe University, VIC – Relationship between performance and participation measures post-stroke.
  8. Amelia Tomkins – University of Newcastle, NSW – Brain allopregnanolone levels in response to stroke.
  9. Andrew Biviard – University of Newcastle, NSW – Defining the extent of irreversible brain ischaemia in acute middle cerebral artery occlusion using perfusion computed tomography.

Small Project Grants

  1. Dr. Damien McLeod – University of Newcastle, NSW – Establishing computed tomography perfusion (CTP) imaging in an animal stroke model
  2. Ms Christine Barry – University of Adelaide – Novel therapeutic approaches to subarachnoid haemorrhage targeting substance P.
  3. Ms Yasmeen El Masry – University of Sydney, NSW
  4. Lin Perry – University of Newcastle, NSW – What difference does a stroke nurse make? A feasibility study for investigation of relationships, between nurse staffing and stroke patient outcomes.
  5. Mark McKay – Royal Children’s Hospital, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne – Developing strategies to decrease lag time to diagnosis in paediatric stroke.
  6. Dr. Maarten A. Immink – University of South Australia – A yoga and meditation program to improve physical function, mood and quality of life in individuals with chronic stroke-related hemiparesis.

Clinical Research Development Grant

Kylie Bower – Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland – Teaching people to manage the ongoing recovery of their stroke-affected arm.

Heart Foundation/ Stroke Foundation Scholarship/ Fellowship grants

Isobel Hubbard – A functional MRI study of upper limb therapy in community dwelling stroke survivors.