An outstanding lifetime contribution to stroke-related research has earned The University of Western Australia's Professor Graeme Hankey a prestigious US award.
The recipient of the 2015 David G. Sherman Lecture Award Professor Hankey, from UWA's School of Medicine and Pharmacology, will fly out of Perth early this Monday to present the lecture at the International Stroke Conference 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
"This award, by the American Stroke Association and International Stroke Conference, recognises the wonderful education, collaboration and support I have received from mentors and colleagues," Professor Hankey said.
"It also illustrates the potential for Western Australians to conduct local, national and international collaborative research. Our team at UWA and the QEII Medical Centre is currently coordinating an Australian and New Zealand trial of the safety and effectiveness of fluoxetine in promoting recovery of function after stroke."
Professor Hankey will use the Sherman lecture to discuss advances in stroke treatment and prevention over the past 25 years, as well as reductions in stroke incidence.
"However, researchers still face an ongoing challenge to improve the efficiency of research investment in evidence-based strategies to treat and prevent stroke," he said.
A professor of neurology at UWA and neurologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Professor Hankey trained in neurology at Royal Perth Hospital, Mayo Clinic in the US and Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His research interests include epidemiological studies and clinical trials of interventions to prevent and treat stroke.
Professor Hankey has contributed more than 630 articles to peer-reviewed medical journals which have been cited more than 35,000 times. He is the author or co-author of 10 books and 20 book chapters. He has also delivered over 500 invited lectures at international, national, and local scientific meetings.
He serves as an editorial consultant for The Lancet and The Lancet Neurology, consulting editor for the International Journal of Stroke, associate editor of Stroke Treatment and Prevention, Section Editor (Neurovascular and Neurodegenerative Diseases) of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Professor Graeme Hankey (UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology) (+61 8) 6151 0828
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716