Stroke of genius
Monday, 12 August 2013
Spotlight on our stroke researchers and their 'stroke of genius'
As part of National Science Week, the University of Newcastle is shining a spotlight on the diverse science achievements of its world-leading researchers.
Our stroke research team, led by world-renowned researcher, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, has driven breakthroughs in treatments and developed protocols that have vastly improved the outcomes for stroke sufferers. For the right candidate, the treatment is dramatic – it is a cure for stroke.
The groundbreaking model of care combines the use of thrombolytic therapy, or 'clotbusting' drugs, with CT imaging of the brain. In suitable patients the clot-busting drug tPA can dissolve the blockage in their brain that has caused the stroke and prevent further damage. When successful, the treatment has great benefits for the patient – it can mean the difference between living dependently or independently. From a community perspective, it is also highly beneficial. With an estimated cost of up to $500,000 for a stroke patient with high care needs, the effective use of tPA is significantly reducing pressure on the health care budget.
The University of Newcastle has a reputation for research excellence across all areas of science and is home to some of the finest research minds.
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