Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech, 29th - 31st January 2018, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Jay RosenbekProfessor Vincent Thijs, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia

Professor Vincent Thijs is a stroke neurologist and clinician researcher specialised in stroke research with more than 15 years of experience in the field. In his career as clinician he has lead stroke units in Belgium and is now the Head of Stroke at Austin Health in Melbourne. He is the co-head of the Stroke Division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
His research program is focussed on diverse topics include acute stroke imaging, genetics of stroke, young stroke and stroke recovery.
He has published more than 200 papers in the field of stroke, including co-authorship in top tier journals NEJM (1), Lancet (1), Nature Medicine (1), Nature Genetics (3), and Lancet Neurology (4) and >30 articles in the leading journal of the field Stroke. He is/has been on the steering committee of 10 randomized clinical trials and was national coordinator of more than 10 trials both in the field of acute stroke and secondary prevention of stroke. 

The Challenge of Young Stroke

Young stroke patients (defined as stroke occurring in those below age 55 years) face special challenges on their journey through the healthcare system. 
These include challenges in recognition and diagnosis as well as  specific medical management and rehabilitation issues.
Healthcare provisions including rehabilitation services are not well adapted to patients who have a stroke in their most productive years. In this presentation I will provide an overview on our current understanding of young stroke, existing treatment gaps and way to address these with research