In Australia nearly 50,000 people suffer a stroke each year and there are over 470,000 stroke survivors living in Australia, a third of whom are under the age of 65.

At the age of just 31, Dr Lavinia Codd became one of those statistics. The former chartered accountant is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute at UQ.

Lavinia is investigating ways of improving cognitive recovery following stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new brain cells (neurogenesis), which is a form of neuroplasticity. Her aim is to translate laboratory findings into new behavioural and pharmacological approaches to restore cognitive functions in human stroke survivors.

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