Professor Simon Koblar

FRACP, BMBS, PhD (University of Melbourne)

Professor Simon KoblarProfessor Simon Koblar is the Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the University of Adelaide and the Director of the Stroke Research Programme. He has been instrumental in establishing a foundation for stroke research in South Australia, using a collaborative and innovative approach working with clinicians, basic and medical scientists, SA Health, industry, community support groups and other health professionals. Over the last 15 years he has trained many of the current stroke physicians and believes that only through research can we strive for clinical excellence. He has been honoured with many awards for research and innovation and continues to approach the challenge of how to improve stroke recovery for all Australians. He is excited by the strength and breadth of stroke researchers in South Australia and sees that through CFSA new therapies will find their way to the clinic.

What inspires you to undertake research?

I have seen and treated many stroke victims but it was only when a close family member suffered a stroke did I truly understand the impact of stroke on the individual, family and carers and how research can make a difference. I have seen and been involved with the incredible change of acute stroke treatment with clot buster therapy which took 20 years to become a reality. Stroke Unit care is now a hospital standard but it was not long ago when we had to fight for funds and space to achieve this reality. I am inspired to say we can do better by all working together in research and clinical practice to make even greater strides to cure stroke in the future for all Australians.”


Associate Professor Anne Hamilton-Bruce


Associate Professor Anne Hamilton-BruceA/Prof Hamilton-Bruce is Principal Medical Scientist and Co-Director of the Stroke Research Programme across CALHN, who undertook her doctoral research in brain mapping in stroke at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the 1990s. She is an affiliate Associate Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and also Co-Lead, Research and Education, Neurology across CALHN. With a neuroscience and management background, A/Prof Hamilton-Bruce undertakes and supervises stroke-related research, with a focus on translational research.

A/Prof Hamilton-Bruce’s principal clinical area of interest is primary and secondary stroke prevention, treatment and management, as well as clinical models of care.  Recent research projects have included genetics, proteomics, provision of transient ischemic attack (TIA) community service and health literacy in stroke, as well as academic education and management.  She is also currently completing a law degree.

What inspires you to undertake research?

The amazing fortitude shown by our patients who have had a stroke, their family and carers, as well as the donors who help us in the battle against stroke. Also, working with post-graduate and senior researchers and supervising students undertaking ground-breaking research on projects in medicine, science, social science, animal health science, business and law, for ultimate translation to humans.  Finally, the excitement of collaborating with local, national and international interdisciplinary teams on meaningful translational research at the frontiers of neuroscience.


Associate Professor Tim Kleinig

FRACP, MBBS (Hons) BA, PhD in Stroke Research

Associate Professor Tim KleinigA/Prof Kleinig is the Head of Stroke at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Head of Stroke and Neurology at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Adelaide and Director of Clinical Trials, Stroke Research Programme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. A/Prof Kleinig trained in neurology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he also completed an elective stroke fellow year. Subsequently he completed a PhD In basic science stroke research, examining the role of substance P in intracerebral haemorrhage. Since 2010, A/Prof Kleinig has been practising full-time as a neurologist with a stroke interest. He has published widely in stroke research and is involved in a number of local, national and international stroke trials. A/Prof Kleinig has established clinical stroke research programs at both the Lyell McEwin and Royal Adelaide Hospitals.

A/Prof Kleinig’s main research areas of interest include acute stroke therapies, acute advanced neuroimaging and stroke epidemiology, especially in disadvantaged and Aboriginal communities. He also has an interest in rare stroke variants.

What inspires you to undertake research?

“I am inspired by the patients I see fighting stroke and trying their best to recover or not let stroke beat them. I am inspired by the patients who volunteer for research, in the hope that they will benefit patients with strokes like theirs down the track. I am inspired by my colleagues and junior doctors, who tirelessly and enthusiastically look after patients admitted with stroke. I am inspired by stroke researchers past, who through their hard work have built the foundation of stroke knowledge and treatment. And I am inspired by my fellow Australian researchers, who are at the forefront of stroke research internationally.”


Associate Professor Jim Jannes

FRACP, MBBS, PhD in Stroke Research

Associate Professor Jim JannesA/Prof Jannes is a Neurologist and Stroke Physician who is Head of Neurology at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).  He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide.

A/Prof Jannes is a leader for the translation and prioritisation of pathways of stroke management within SA Health policy.  This included the establishment (with Prof Simon Koblar and A/Prof Hamilton-Bruce) of the first dedicated Stroke Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide.  He led the move of the Stroke Unit from TQEH to combine services with the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Stroke Unit, which is now established as the full-time comprehensive stroke treatment centre for South Australia under Transforming Health.  His principle clinical interest is cerebrovascular disease.  He has previously investigated the relevance of genetic predisposition to stroke and his other research interests include the acute management and secondary prevention of ischaemic stroke.

What inspires you to undertake research?

Achieving best practice in stroke care that is available to everyone consistently regardless of place or time of day.”