Researchers awarded at European Stroke Conference

May 14 / 135

Professor Geoffrey Donnan (left) and Professor Stephen Davis (right) received the award in Nice,
Professor Geoffrey Donnan (left) and Professor Stephen Davis (right) received the award in Nice,

Two Melbourne academics have claimed the Johann Jacob Wepfer Award for their work in the field of stroke research.

Professor Stephen Davis and Professor Geoffrey Donnan received the award at the European Stroke Conference in Nice, France.

The award honours scientists for outstanding scientific work in the field of cerebrovascular diseases (such as hypertension) and significant contributions to the knowledge about treatment of acute stroke.

Professor Davis is Director of Neurosciences at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and current President of the World Stroke Organization (WSO), and Professor Donnan is Director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and previous President of the WSO.

At the conference in Nice, the pair presented on their work on the ischemic penumbra and its application in selecting patients for thrombolytic therapy, based on their individual pathophysiology shown on acute MRI or CT Perfusion.

Professor Terence O’Brien, the Head of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital congratulated Professor Davis and Professor Donnan on the award.

"This is further evidence of the international standing of clinical neuroscience research in Melbourne, with the stroke field being one of the most outstanding thanks to the leadership of Steve and Geoff," Professor O’Brien said.

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