||Professor Amanda Thrift is Head of Stroke & Ageing Research at Monash University, and is a Past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia. She gained her PhD in epidemiology from Monash University in 1995. She is on the editorial board of Stroke, the International Journal of Stroke and Neuroepidemiology. Her interests are in the field of epidemiology and prevention of stroke and vascular disease. She has contributed to more than 200 publications (with more than 5,000 citations).
Professor Thrift has extensive experience in conducting large scale longitudinal cohort studies with a particular expertise in the epidemiology of stroke. She is the Principal Investigator and has led and coordinated the highly successful North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study since its inception in 1995. This study, on its own, resulted in more than 50 publications, and three major data pooling collaborations. She has also led a large clinical trial of secondary prevention of stroke in the community, and is currently collaborating on research into stroke among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As part of her interest in preventing vascular disease in disadvantaged communities, Prof Thrift is currently leading an innovative vascular disease research program in rural India, funded through the National Health & Medical Research Council as part of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. This is a large national and international collaboration including leaders in stroke, hypertension, dementia, and rural medicine from India and Australia.