Stroke and Aneurysm Research
Dr Adam Wells (Stroke and Aneurysm Research) Neurosurgical Trainee
Stroke Research: Adam Wells is investigating brain swelling after massive stroke and the role that surgery has in relieving pressure. Stroke is a very common event – everyone knows someone who has had a stroke. Often there are serious problems with movement or speech. One variety of stroke occurs when a major artery to the brain becomes blocked.
Dr. Adam Wells, a neurosurgical trainee has developed an experimental model to further investigate the complex changes that occur when a major artery becomes blocked. Consequently our new model allows for further experimental work in this situation. It helps to answer the question “After the artery is unblocked by the drugs, what then?” The research group has made various measurements, including the pressure within the skull, oxygen content in the brain and has examined the brains under the microscope. Several papers and presentations have already eventuated. The technique shows promise for future research.
Stroke Facts - There is no cure Stroke is the second greatest medical killer after coronary heart disease. Nearly 60,000 people will suffer a stroke in Australia each year. That is one every 10 minute. One in five die immediately or within the first month. One in three will die within the year. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer
There is no medical treatment that will repair the damage that has happened to the brain as a result of the stroke - only rehabilitation. Adam’s research is looking at real surgical outcomes and cures that might save your life one day.
Aneurysms Research: In May Adam presented his work on safe time limits for temporary artery occlusion during aneurysm surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.
His results have the potential to change the way surgeons operate on aneurysms in the future.
Aneurysms Facts - An estimated 1 in 50 people have aneurysms. There is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 - 60, but can occur in children as well. There are typically no warning signs.
The NRF supports Adam’s salary for his three year study period. At the conclusion of this study, he aims to achieve the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, a PhD. This will ultimately lead to a combined career as a Consultant Neurosurgeon and a leader of world class research.
Adam’s salary comes from donations to the NRF. Can you help save lives in this way?