Mark Parsons

Also known as: Mark Parsons
National Library of Australia
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Brief description

Professor Mark Parsons is nationally and internationally recognised as an authority and research leader in acute stroke imaging.  Stroke is a disease of global significance both in terms of prevalence, impact and cost.  His original research is now translating into clinical practice and policy in the selection of acute stroke patients for reperfusion therapy and has the potential to change the landscape of acute stroke care and benefit many millions of patients across the world.  His influence and importance in the field of acute stroke imaging is evidenced by his invitations to speak at every international high profile stroke conference over the past five years.  His standing in the international stroke imaging community is evidenced by his membership of the Stroke Imaging Repository Consortium, and his leadership of the NHMRC funded partnership grant for the INternational Stroke Perfusion Imaging Registry (INSPIRE).  He is on the executive of the STIR (STroke Imaging Repository) group which is setting the international agenda for stroke imaging research.  He has established Newcastle as a global reference centre and a Strategic Research Partner with Toshiba Medical Corporation and is a consultant to one of Australia’s leading imaging analysis software companies, APOLLO Medical Imaging. Due to a strong clinical focus, much of Mark’s imaging work ultimately revolves around improving patient selection for acute stroke therapy (particularly thrombolysis), as well as using imaging to guide stroke recovery rehabilitation approaches.  He has conducted pioneering research on the application of advanced brain imaging in identifying potentially salvageable brain tissue following a stroke.  These imaging technologies add new and exciting management options to the emergency assessment of stroke patients, improving patient selection for stroke thrombolysis treatment, and especially in safely extending the time window for treatment so a greater number of patients can be treated with better outcomes. This work has led to major publications in New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Neurology, Neurology and Stroke. 
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