At a gala event in Canberra in July, the National Health and Medical Research Council awarded Research Excellence awards to Australia’s top ranked scientists and clinicians.
The winners were assessed by their peers as meeting the highest national and international standards for their research. They represent the top 17 applicants from over 6,000 funding applications NHMRC received in 2015.
The top ranked application in the Program Grant scheme went to the Saving brain and changing practice in stroke project led by University of Melbourne Professor Steve Davis, Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre and Neurology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital , and collaborators Associate Professor Bruce Campbell, Professors Geoffrey Donnan, Graham Hankey, Mark Parsons and Christopher Levi. Professor Davis’ team will test new and current stroke treatments in a pre-hospital setting, use advanced brain imaging to assess their efficacy, study brain recovery and develop best practice strategies to triage and treat patients.
“Together with my colleagues, we are determined to tackle the issue of how we can treat stroke faster and increase the uptake of available stroke treatments in urban and rural Australia,” Professor Davis said.
In addition to the above accolade, University of Melbourne researcher and neurologist Associate Professor Bruce Campbell scored the highest ranked Career Development Fellowship – Clinical, Level 1.
His NHMRC research aims to improve the effectiveness of clot busting drugs in stroke patients and reduce treatment delays by reconfiguring emergency services so that stroke patients are delivered to the most appropriate centre capable of treating their type of stroke.