Professor Christopher Bladin is the Clinical Program Lead for the VST program. He is responsible for all aspects of the clinical and technical implementation of the program.
Prof Bladin is a neurologist who completed his specialist training at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne in 1991 followed by a Stroke Research Fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London and in 1992, a Stroke Research Fellowship at University of Toronto, Canada.
As former Chairperson of the Department of Health’s Victorian Stroke Clinical Network Committee, he was responsible for the implementation of the Victorian Stroke Strategy. He was also the inaugural Chair, Department of Neurosciences (Box Hill Hospital-Monash University).
Prof Bladin is active in stroke research and is a past chairperson, and current committee member of the Australasian Stroke Trials Network (ASTN). He is involved in many NHMRC funded research studies. He has a special interest in stroke thrombolysis, acute stroke brain imaging, and stroke telemedicine.
Associate Professor Dominique Cadilhac is the Research Program Lead for the VST program. She oversees the development of research and evaluation methods, data analysis and dissemination of research results.
A/Prof Cadilhac is the Head of Public Health, Stroke Division at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. She is also the Head of the Translational Public Health Unit at the Stroke and Ageing Research Centre (STARC), Monash University. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor, Deakin Health Economics at Deakin University and is the data custodian for the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.
Over the last 16 years A/Prof Cadilhac’s research has provided evidence to improve stroke care services, clinical care in hospitals and the understanding of the costs of stroke. She has expertise in public health and nursing, in the areas of health services research, economic evaluation and program evaluation for cardiovascular disease, particularly for stroke. Her unique skill set means she is much sought after by government and non-government organisations as a preferred expert for committees or projects.