The Stroke Society of Australasia an the Organising Committee of SSA 2021 is pleased to develop a program that is collaborative and advocates for new voices and jointly developed content from those in the greater stroke patient management ecosystem.

Please note that the program is subject to change and is in AWST

Dr Joseph Broderick

Joseph P. Broderick, MD, is Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Broderick graduated summa cum laude with distinction from Xavier University with an Honors Bachelor of the Arts in 1978. In 1982, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School where he ranked first in his medical school class. He received his medical neurologic training and completed a Cerebrovascular fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1987. He returned to the University of Cincinnati in 1987 and served as Chair of the Department of Neurology from 4/2000 to 12/2013 at which time he assumed Directorship of the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.

Dr Valeria Caso

Valeria Caso is a stroke neurologist at the University of Perugia Stroke Unit in Perugia, Italy. She earned her PhD from the University of Perugia in stroke medicine in 2003 and has recently been certified in the role of Associate Professor in Neurology.

Professor Caso is currently actively involved in international research projects on the heart and brain; cervical artery dissections; intracerebral hemorrhage; and acute stroke treatment. Her primary professional interest is in the prevention and treatment of stroke in females, and she is working on stroke guidelines for this patient group. She is also about to present a multicenter European project on primary prevention, with the aim of uncovering the underlying factors thought to be associated with fostering stroke in females of all ages.

Professor Caso is Past President of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO). She has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers and book chapters on stroke and has served as a reviewer of international journals including: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry; Stroke; Neurology; and Lancet Neurology. She has been involved in 20 multicenter trial, and has participated in national and international neurology conferences, as well as serving on various stroke-related steering committees.

Liz Lightbody

Liz is a Reader in Health Services Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire and Past Chair of the National Stroke Nursing Forum (NSNF).  She is a nurse by professional background and has been an active researcher for over 20 years.  Her research expertise is in applied health research, service improvement and implementation.  Her research focus includes acute stroke care (e.g. telemedicine, neurological monitoring, nurse education, oral care, and positioning), psychological adjustment post-stroke (e.g. screening tools, training for stroke service staff and interventions that address the needs of stroke survivors adjusting to life after stroke) and workforce development.

Dr Michelle Ploughman

Dr. Ploughman is a Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity, Neurorehabilitation and Brain Recovery. She is a physiotherapist and neuroscientist; a recognized expert in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation in stroke and multiple sclerosis. She has developed novel methods to optimize rehabilitation interventions and her work is published in journals such as Stroke, Lancet Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ploughman will discuss how combining aerobic exercise with cognitive training could improve executive function in stroke.