The future of stroke recovery: neuroplasticity—the challenge to regenerate the brain to improve recovery from stroke.
The driving focus of QBI’s Stroke Recovery Laboratories will be to investigate treatments that stimulate the capacity of neurons and neural networks in the brain to regenerate enabling functional recovery after stroke. Four main focus areas of research related to stroke recovery are:
- Protecting existing brain cells – investigating mechanisms and strategies to protect against neuronal injury or degeneration and as a result limiting the effects of stroke and improving effective recovery
- Making new brain cells – stimulating the growth and development of neurons (brain cells) to improve learning
- Optimising conditions for repair – altering the brain’s environment to promote plasticity
- Imaging the brain – investigating a new brain imaging approach to better understand the brain’s attention systems and developing an effective treatment for attention deficits after stroke
The Stroke Recovery Laboratories' varied research approaches will complement each other and converge to improve the long-term outlook for stroke survivors. Improving recovery will reduce ongoing medical costs, improve the quality of life for stroke survivors and reduce the load borne by their carers. Returning younger stroke survivors to work will also benefit society at large. Understanding all of these processes in the stroked brain will lead to treatments that can potentially be applied in many neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Read about QBI's stroke fundraising initiative here.
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Director of Advancement and Communications, Queensland Brain Institute
Stroke Advisory Board
QBI's Stroke Advisory Board aims to raise funds to establish the Stroke Research Laboratories. Globally, there are 62 million living survivors of stroke. Improving stroke recovery will not only benefit individuals and their carers, but will also have major social and economic impacts. A founding member of the Stroke Advisory Board is Dr Lavinia Codd, a stroke researcher at QBI and herself a stroke survivor.
Meet QBI's Stroke Advisory Board here.