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Centre of Clinical Research Excellence

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What is the CCRE in Neurosciences?

The Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Neurosciences is a multi-disciplinary clinical research model focusing on producing innovative patient-centred research, training and education into stroke, epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

The Centre operates as a multi-disciplinary network of expert clinical researchers investigating all aspects of neurological health and diseases. Research disciplines range from neurology and medicine through physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and nursing, to neurophysiology, psychology, neuroimaging, neuroepidemiology and public health.

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centre was established in 2003 and builds upon the achievements of the Centre of Clinical Excellence in Hospital Based Research – Stroke and Epilepsy, led by Professor Geoff Donnan and Professor Sam Berkovic from 1998 – 2001.

The Centre is headed by a multi-disciplinary team of four Chief Investigators under the leadership of Professor Geoff Donnan, Director of the National Stroke Research Institute; Professor Sam Berkovic AM, Director of the Epilepsy Research Centre; Professor Mary Galea, Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Research Centre; and Professor Judy Parker AM, former Head of the School of Nursing, at the University of Melbourne.

The Centre is based at the Austin Health Repatriation campus in Heidelberg, Victoria and administered by the Department of Medicine Austin Health/Northern Health, The University of Melbourne.


What do we do?


Major Goals

We aim to:

  • Produce international quality clinical research that contributes to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke, epilepsy and other neurological disorders, and promotes functional outcomes for patients.
  • Enhance and encourage multi-disciplinary research.
  • Educate postgraduate students, advance medical science (AMS) students and researchers in clinical neuroscience research.
  • Offer research training and career development mentoring for students and early career researchers.
  • Attract outstanding scientists to the Centre and its associated research units.
  • Continually evaluate our outcomes through external evaluation.
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