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Neuro Night - Current Practice and the Future

About The Event

This session will include:

  • Professor Mark Parsons (Professor of Medicine and Neurology, South Western Sydney Clinical School, Liverpool Hospital), presenting on out-of-hospital stroke care: current and future.
  • Sarah Edwards (Acute Stroke Manager, NSW Ambulance) Presenting: In Pursuit of the Stroke Golden Hour - the NSW Stroke Ambulance Pilot and Stroke Capable Ambulances
  • Dr Daniel Beard (Lecturer in Physiology and Visiting Scientist, University of Newcastle/University of Oxford UK) presenting about the out-of-hospital use of nanoparticles to improve collateral blood flow in stroke.

This is a face to face event at the Evan Jones Theatre - University of Tasmania (Rozelle Campus) and a live streamed event.

Refreshments will be served from 17:30.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand current best practice surrounding the out-of-hospital assessment and management of stroke.
  • Identify future strategies to improve stroke care.

Target audience: Student paramedics, Low acuity ambulance transport, Paramedic early career, Paramedics senior, Intensive care paramedics, Clinical educators andAllied health/nursing

Image by: Robina Weermeijer on Unsplash

Further information

Face to face location: Evan Jones Theatre - University of Tasmania (Rozelle Campus) - Church St and Wharf Rd, Lilyfield


Professor Mark Parsons

Professor Parsons is an internationally recognised Neurologist and leader in Stroke Medicine, and an experienced clinical triallist, having led several international phase II and III clinical trials. He also has a strong track record of research translation into clinical practice change. He moved to Sydney in 2020 as SHARP Professor of Medicine and Neurology at UNSW South Western Sydney Clinical School, Liverpool Hospital and The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. There, he has established and leads a new Stroke and Neuroscience research team – the Sydney Brain Centre @ The Ingham Institute. He remains as a Professor of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. He is also a Conjoint Professor of Neurology at University of Newcastle. He also is a Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards is the manager of the Stroke Program for NSW Ambulance. Sarah has worked in a range of project and program management roles including managing the Cardiovascular Program, since commencing her employment with NSW Ambulance in 2016.Sarah has a clinical background with extensive experience in continuous service improvement programs in the healthcare environment and project management. Sarah’s postgraduate studies led her to obtaining membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and completing project management qualifications. Sarah has experience both in Australia and the UK, including experience working in the NHS in the UK for nearly ten years.

Dr Daniel Beard

Dr Daniel Beard completed his PhD (Human Physiology) in 2015 in the Translational Stroke Laboratory of Professor Neil Spratt at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His PhD thesis investigated the mechanisms regulating collateral blood flow after stroke. He found that changes in intracranial pressure (ICP) profoundly reduced collateral blood flow to the ischaemic brain during stroke. This work generated the novel hypothesis, that changes in ICP in human stroke may be the cause of the previously identified, but poorly understood phenomenon of collateral vessel failure and neurological deterioration in a subset of stroke patients. This work provided the stimulus for clinical investigations to the test this novel hypothesis.In September 2016, Daniel was awarded a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Alastair Buchan, the Professor of Stroke Medicine and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Oxford to work on a MRC UK funded project investigating the role of mammalian target of rapamycin mTOR in neurovascular dysfunction after stroke. In this role he continued to research the important role of the cerebral vasculature in determining stroke outcome. Specifically, he focused on targeting the mTOR pathway to protect the cells that make up the capillaries of the brain as a means of improving microvascular perfusion, reducing blood brain barrier disruption and ultimately improving neurological outcome after stroke. Adjacent to this work he received a prestigious EMBO short-term fellowship and grant funding from the Berlin Institute of Health to visit the Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin to establish a UK-European collaboration to investigate the role of the mTOR pathway in hypothermic neuroprotection in stroke. This project also served as a foundation to create a joint programme on neurovascular protection in stroke, as well as further foster the collaboration of the Charité with Oxford University. Daniel is continuing to collaborate with the scientists at Charite’ to continue this work. As well as his research pursuits, Daniel continued to develop his expertise as a university educator. While at Oxford he was appointed as a Lecturer in Medicine at Corpus Christi College and a Tutor in Physiology at Harris Manchester College. He also completed the Enhancing Teaching Programme in Sciences, a programme designed to support academic and research staff across the Medical Science Division who teach at Oxford to help improve their teaching and thus enhance their students’ learning experiences. Daniel was recently awarded an NHMRC Ideas Grant and has returned to the University of Newcastle as a lecturer to investigate novel therapies to enhance collateral blood flow after stroke.

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Event Information

26th Sep 2022
18:00 – 21:00 (AEST)
Evan Jones Theatre - University of Tasmania (Rozelle Campus) & Online

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