05 November 2020
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Professor Bruce Campbell, Head of stroke and Interim Head of Neurology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has been awarded the Woodward Medal in Science and Technology from the University of Melbourne.

This prestigious award is in recognition of his internationally renowned research in stroke medicine, particularly for the suite of thrombectomy trials in acute stroke. This body of work has been highly influential in changing clinical practice around the world.

This treatment is dubbed “a game changer by lead investigators, and found to be more than twice as effective at restoring blood flow to patients’ brains as clot-dissolving drugs used alone”.

These publications show that “Recovery to independent function increased from 40% to 71% of patients: for every 3 patients treated with thrombectomy, an extra patient recovered independence, one of the most powerful treatment effects in any field of medicine”.

Professor Steve Davis, Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre at the RMH and one of Bruce’s colleagues said he was incredibly proud of Bruce’s achievements.

“Bruce is regarded as a leading international expert in stroke research and practice implementation and we are very privileged to have him leading our team in Neurology at the RMH,” Prof Davis said.

The Woodward medal:

The Woodward Medals, established by former Chancellor Sir Edward Woodward and his wife, Lady Woodward, are awarded annually to two members of staff for research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the preceding year. One medal is awarded for Science and Technology and the other for Humanities and Social Sciences.

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