The University of Newcastle, Australia

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, in Australia and globally. That’s why we need researchers like Professor Chris Levi, Neil Spratt and Mark Parsons to find new ways to help save the lives of stroke victims.

Their research team has been working hard to help victims of strokes with acute stroke clinical trials in Australia and around the world. What they’ve discovered is life-changing and life-saving. They have taken a well-known heart drug and used it in a completely new way, on the brain.

We took a well-known heart drug and used it in an entirely new way. What we’ve seen so far is that it’s helped save lives here, and globally."

They have helped save the lives of people like Australian, Crystal Fitzgibbon, who suffered a stroke at the young age of twenty-six. She wasn’t aware strokes could happen at her age. Crystal had a stroke caused by a blood clot. Luckily, the researchers were running a global clinical trial for acute stroke care and were able to help her with their new drug treatment.

I’m on a medical mission. To cure more, improve more and harm less,” says Chris.

For Chris and his team, new means working on ground-breaking research that improves stroke treatments for patients, using a clot-busting drug called Tenecteplese (TNK) to improve stroke outcomes within 24 hours. This has led to excellent recovery of many patients.

New starts with a drive to help others survive.

We took a well-known heart drug and used it in an entirely new way. What we’ve seen so far is that it’s helped save lives here, and globally.

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