15 Aug 2019

Welcome Professor Natasha Lannin

Professor Natasha Lannin has recently joined the Central Clinical School’s Neuroscience Department from La Trobe University, running a group that researches life after neurological events. With their emphasis on rehabilitation, long-term outcomes and ongoing quality of life, the group’s work looks set to complement the Department’s current research portfolio, much of which focusses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Natasha  - or Tash as she is happy to be called - also has a strong research interest in the implementation of clinical trial findings into medical practice, following her own experiences as a clinical trialist frustrated by slow adoption of new evidence. This has been a focus of much of her post-doctoral work, and will emerge as a theme in the studies that the new group undertakes.

With a background in occupational therapy, Natasha grew interested in the tension between managing patients for short-term versus long-term recovery that often takes place in hospital settings. She’s previously explored this in patients experiencing stroke and traumatic brain injuries, as well as movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s, and medical conditions, such as musculoskeletal injury.

The group brings with them established projects including the HOME trial, an NHMRC funded multi-site trial to improve life participation after first stroke event, and an MRFF trial exploring early vocational rehabilitation after stroke.

A team of eight have joined Natasha on Level 6 of the Alfred Centre, although many work across the Alfred and Caulfield Hospitals, and even more are based interstate.

Natasha is keen to meet any researchers in relevant fields interested in collaborating; you can reach her at natasha.lannin@monash.edu.

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