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Invited Speakers

Dr. Anne Alexandrov

Dr Alexandrov is a Professor of both Nursing and Neurology, as well as the Mobile Stroke Unit Chief Nurse Practitioner at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  She is also Professor and Program Director for NET SMART, the world’s first and only post-graduate fellowship training program for advanced practice nurses (APN) in acute stroke at the Health Outcomes Institute in Arizona. Dr. Alexandrov is a recognized clinical expert in the areas of emergency and critical care with concentrations in neuroscience and vascular dynamics, and is considered the leading international nursing expert in acute stroke management.  Most recently, she served on the Technical Advisory Panel for TJC’s Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification program, and currently she serves on the TJC Stroke Performance Measure Panel.  She has authored more than 100 original scientific publications related to her work in the area of stroke reperfusion therapies, experimental blood flow augmentation strategies, and stroke center development and credentialing, and holds a U.S. patent for ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis and perfusion. 


Dr. David J Clarke

David works within the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, which is part of the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds, UK. He is an experienced qualitative researcher working primarily in the area of stroke rehabilitation. He was Chief Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded ReAcT study which examined factors influencing therapy provision to meet clinical guideline recommendations in eight stroke units in England. David is lead for the Yorkshire region for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme funded CREATE study which is using co-production methods to enable stroke survivors, caregivers and health professionals to collaborate in the design and implementation of interventions to increase activity for inpatient stroke survivors.  He is also the lead for the qualitative and process evaluation studies on two NIHR funded Programme Grants for Applied Research.


Professor Linda Worrall

Linda is a Professor of Speech Pathology, Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre and Postgraduate Coordinator at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree in speech pathology at The University of Queensland but then completed her PhD in the Stroke Research Unit in Nottingham, UK. She has practiced as a speech pathologist both in Australia and the UK and founded the Australian Aphasia Association, the consumer-led organization, in 2000. She has published over 200 peer reviewed journal articles, 26 book chapters, and 6 books; graduated 24 PhD candidates and has had continuous nationally competitive research funding during her academic career.