Congratulations to Dr Jenny Han, Stroke Fellow at Monash Health, who received the Peter Bladin Young Investigator Award for the most outstanding presentation by a new investigator from the Stroke Society of Australasia.
Jenny’s research explores the trajectory of recovery after a stroke involving large artery occlusion in the brain. She compares the difference in recovery within the first week following treatment using clot dissolving drugs alone and a combination of these drugs with manual clot retrieval, using computerised simulation.
Australians have more than a 20% risk of stroke in their lifetime, and stroke costs the health system $54 billion each year. There are half a million stroke survivors in Australia who, through key research, could have an improved long-term outlook and quality of life.
Just under half of patients who receive clot retrieval with dissolving drugs can return home independently, compared to one in four patients with clot dissolving drugs. Through this research, Jenny aims to improve the rate of recovery by identifying the difference between treatments and the factors that influence recovery. She also explores the factors that influence worse outcomes, which would allow us to reduce death and disability by targeting patients who will benefit, and explore why some do not benefit.
Jenny received a monetary prize of $1000 and travel grant to attend the European Stroke Conference (ESO).
“I could not have achieved such an honour without Professor Phan and Professor Ma’s unconditional support, as well as Monash Health for their assistance as their Emerging Research Fellow. Monash provides the perfect foundation for beginners with brilliant mentors at hand, and I encourage our staff to find their hidden talents to change the future of medicine”, said Jenny.