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Davis, Stephen M. (AU), MD

Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia


Stephen Davis is Professor and Director of the Department of Neurology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Dr Davis’s main research interests are acute management of stroke and TIA, thrombolysis for stroke and haemorrhage after rt-PA in acute ischaemic stroke, surgery for intracerebral haemorrhage, CT screening for thrombolysis, the use of PWI and DWI measures and advances in penumbra imaging with MR, antiplatelet therapies in stroke prevention, neuroprotection and feasibiliy of neuroprotective agent administration, stroke unit design, patent foramen ovale and stroke, steroids for stroke, blood pressure reduction and ACE inhibition in secondary stroke prevention, cervicocerebral artery dissections and surgery for carotid artery stenosis.

Dr Davis is or was a principle investigator in the BRAVO (blockade of the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor to avoid vascular occlusion) trial, the ASK (Australian Streptokinase) trial, the GAIN International (Glycine antagonist (gavestinel) in neuroprotection) trial, the PROGRESS (Perindopril pROtection aGainst REcurrent Stroke Study) trial, the ASSIST (Acute Stroke Studies Involving Selfotel Treatment) study, the ECASS II (European-Australasian Cooperative Acute Stroke Study), the MERFS (Melbourne Risk Factor Study), and the ASAP (Avoid Stroke as Soon as Possible) general practice stroke audit.

Dr Davis is or has been a member of the Australian Association of Neurologists (AAN), the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), the Stroke Society of Australasia, and the International Trial Subcommittee of the International Stroke Liaison Committee, American Stroke Association.

Dr Davis has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific papers on cerebrovascular diseases in journals such as Stroke, Lancet Neurology, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Circulation, the Journal of Hypertension, Lancet, Neurology, Current Opinion in Neurology, the American Journal of Neuroradiology, and Annals of Neurology.

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