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Invited Speakers

Dr. Anne Alexandrov
No Flow, No Go! Physiologic Knowledge Drives Excellence in Stroke Systems of Care

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
Factors influencing frequency and intensity of therapy provision in stroke units: time to think and work differently?

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 
Three key clinical indicators of effective stroke care for people with aphasia

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.


 Rene StolwykDr. Rene Stolwyk
Incorporating evidence-based cognitive and mood assessment and intervention into interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation: it can be done!

Dr Rene Stolwyk is a senior lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist based at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Melbourne. He has extensive clinical experience working in stroke rehabilitation, including at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. He is the founding director of the Monash TeleNeuropsychology Service, a pioneering telehealth initiative delivering neuropsychological assessment and intervention to multiple inpatient neurorehabilitation units throughout rural Victoria. Dr Stolwyk is also convenor of the Clinical PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology training program at Monash University and a core member of the clinical teaching staff. From a research perspective, Dr Stolwyk is stroke and telehealth theme leader within the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre. He has published over 50 scientific works in the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation and is leading a range of projects exploring memory rehabilitation post-stroke; effectiveness of telehealth to deliver neuropsychology services; investigations of return to driving following acquired brain injury and examining neurobehavioural disturbance following stroke.