Attendee Person Persons

Stroke Action Nigeria
Life After Stroke Centre
I am a Stroke Survivor Ambassador in Stroke Action Nigeria. Stroke Action is the first Stroke Support Organization in Nigeria, established in 2012. I am based at the Life After Stroke Centre in Onitsha Anambra State where I work with other stroke survivors and we offer Befriending, Group Exercise and Psychosocial Support. Before I had a Stroke, I was a civil Servant working in Portharcourt Rivers State, Nigeria. Since becoming unemployed after stroke, I returned to my home town Onitsha, Anambra State to live with my family. I joined stroke action to receive functional rehabilitation and exercise training after stroke. My recovery is still ongoing, and I am trying to live my life and be up again after stroke. Becoming a Stroke Survivor Ambassador is part of this process of coping with life after a stroke.
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Erasmus Medical Center
Experimental Cardiology
Singapore Institute of Technology
Health and Social Sciences
Elcia Tan is a physiotherapist at Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC) Therapy Services Division in Singapore. She graduated with Bachelor in Physiotherapy with Honours from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Her current field placement is in an adult day rehabilitation setting. She has a strong clinical interest in the management of geriatrics, and in patients with neurological conditions. Her research interests include early rehabilitation, clinical interventions, and outcome measurements for patients admitted to day rehabilitation centres.
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Istanbul University - Cerrahpasa
Department of Neurology
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Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Monash University
Translational Public Health and Evaluation Division, Stroke and Ageing Research Group, Department of Medicine
Dr Tharshanah Thayabaranathan is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Translational Public Health and Evaluation Division, Stroke and Ageing Research (STAR), Department of Medicine, Monash University. Her research interests lie in exploring ways to improve stroke care and patient outcomes at a hospital and community-level, with a particular focus on people with communication problems and psychological disorders post-stroke. She is currently involved in a number of projects in the field of stroke and is particularly interested in pursuing future studies in communication problems post-stroke, psychological disorders post-stroke, disease epidemiology, and lifestyle medicine.
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Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Stroke Theme
Professor Vincent Thijs graduated from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1995 and completed his neurology training at the University Hospitals in Leuven and at the Stanford Stroke Center in California. He led the Stroke unit at the University Hospitals in Leuven until 2015 when he migrated to Australia. He is the Head of Stroke at the Austin Hospital and also consults via the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program. He completed a Phd in Biomedical Sciences in 2004 on stroke imaging. He is the co-head of the Stroke Theme at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
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University of Sierra Leone
College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences
Melvina is a specialist Family Physician and is currently the lead clinical research assistant for the Stroke in Sierra Leone(SISLE) Project.
Monash University
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health
Professor Amanda Thrift is Head of Stroke & Ageing Research, Monash University, and is a Past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia. She gained her PhD from Monash University in 1995. Her research is directed at preventing stroke and vascular disease, particularly in disadvantaged settings. She has more than 300 publications on these topics, with over 40,000 citations. In 2017, in recognition of her work, she was awarded the Stroke Society of Australasia Excellence in Stroke Award; the highest honour awarded by this society. Professor Thrift has extensive research experience in conducting large scale longitudinal cohort and epidemiological studies. She was the Principal Investigator of the highly successful North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study. This study provided much of the evidence base for policy decisions around stroke in Australia. Her current portfolio of research include implementation studies of primary prevention of stroke and vascular disease in Australia and low- and middle-income countries. She identified that group-based education and monitoring delivered by health workers was effective in improving the control of blood pressure in rural India. This provides a means to manage blood pressure in regions that are hard to reach and where there is poor access to traditional healthcare.
Valley Children's Healthcare
I am Senior Nursing Leader with more than 21 years of experience. I have focused on integrating professional experience along with multi-organizational exposure to improve safe, efficient, and quality pediatric care. I strive to increase professional growth and work collaboratively to enhance care delivery, expand knowledge, and achieve high-quality care. I am very proud of the experience, skills, and knowledge I have acquired throughout my professional journey. I take pride in a commitment to patients and their families as well as the opportunity to invest in the dynamics of a well-supported and inclusive multidisciplinary team. I am currently preparing for the Executive Nurse Certification exam as well as am a Fellow in the Carol Emmott Fellowship, and have recently completed my DNP.
University Hospital Bucharest
I have graduated the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in 1987. I have passed the board exam in 1993, I became senior neurologist in 1997, senior lecturer in 2000 and associated professor in 2006. This could be the summary of 27 years of activity, of which 24 spent in the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Bucharest. Beyond the figures, a lot of work, enthusiasm, disappointments, perseverance, satisfactions, determination and above all the attachment to a fascinating specialty. Neurology occupies a central position, having connections with all the other medical specialties and offers the opportunity to study different fields of pathology of the peripheral or central nervous system. The field of cerebrovascular disorders has especially interested me, so I added also Neurosonology to clinical and teaching activities. In 2012 I became European Master of Sciences in Stroke Medicine (Danube University, Krems, Austria). I have organized in the past two years the national network for interventional treatment in stroke. I currently coordinate the Department of Neurology in the University Hospital Bucharest and I am the President of the Romanian Society of Neurology for the next 4 years (2021-2025).
University at Buffalo
Department of Neurology
Graduated from the Semmelwies University School of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary. Completed his residency in Adult Neurology at the University at Buffalo. Currently, he is a headache fellow at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine
Deputy Director General of the Hospital, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka, Japan since 2017 FESO, FAHA, Board members of World Stroke Organization, Japanese Society of Neurology, Japan Stroke Society, Japanese Society of Hypertension, Japanese Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Stroke Society of Japan Consulting editor of STROKE (AHA/ASA)