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Biography

Professor Thrift is Head of Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Stroke and Ageing Research (STAR) in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Shes an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, a member of the NHMRC Research Committee, is a past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia, and a Director of the National Stroke Foundation.

Professor Thrift gained her PhD in epidemiology in the study of risk factors for intracerebral haemorrhage from Monash University in 1995. Post-PhD she is internationally renowned for her research expertise in the epidemiology of stroke. She is the Principal Investigator and has led and coordinated the highly successful North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study since its development in 1995. This study has resulted in more than 40 publications in high quality journals, and three major data pooling collaborations to date. She has published widely on the epidemiology of cerebrovascular disease and dementia and has invaluable expertise in cohort epidemiology, conducting large-scale longitudinal cohort studies achieving high response in follow-up.

Professor Thrift is currently leading an innovative vascular disease research program in impoverished rural communities in southern India. Simply setting up these studies was a major effort, requiring the collaboration with national and international leaders in stroke, hypertension, dementia, and rural medicine. Professor Thrift has published initial pilot work conducted in southern India, and is currently undertaking an NHMRC funded case-control study of hypertension and a study aimed at overcoming the barriers to hypertension control (NHMRC funded through the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease). Her team in India includes medical practitioners, project managers, and several nurses, laboratory technicians and administrative staff. There are many obstacles in undertaking research in such a remote area, for example the collection and storage of blood. The organisation and conduct of these studies, although challenging, will be extremely productive for global health.

Research Grants

Continuous research funding since 1995 totalling $17 million ($6 million as responsible investigator). These grants include NHMRC post-doc training, career and senior research fellowships, NHMRC and VicHealth project grants, and 3 National Heart Foundation grants.

Public Health Practice and Policy Initiative

Professor Thrift has provided input to health care practice and policy through:

  1. Close links with the National Stroke Foundation (NSF). As an inaugural co-chair (2008-2011) of the Australian Stroke Coalition, a joint initiative between the National Stroke Foundation and the Stroke Society of Australasia, she has had input to the translation of research findings. She has further input into translation as a current Director of the National Stroke Foundation.
  2. As a committee member on the National Heart, Stroke, and Vascular Health Data Working Group, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare she has Contributed to reports and analyses conducted by the Cardiovascular Diseases Unit of this institute. This has resulted in specific analyses of stroke-specific national data. Many of these analyses have been included in the reports from the institute. These reports are available free of charge through the institute web site, and are therefore freely available to anyone with an interest in vascular diseases at a population level.

Memberships of Committees

National Cardiovascular Monitoring System Advisory Committee, AIHW (2003-); Australasian Epidemiological Association, Treasurer (2001-2004); Public Health Research Advisory Group (1997-1999; 2001-2003); Stroke Society of Australasia (Council Member 1998-2000, Secretary 2001-2004, Vice-President 2004-2007, President 2007-2010, Immediate Past President 2010-2011); Public Health Association of Australia, Victorian Branch Treasurer (1995-1998); National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee (2010-2015); Stroke Foundation, Board member (2014-); Institute for Physical Activity & Nutrition, Board member (2017-).

Memberships of Conference Organising Committees

Public Health Association of Australia, 29th Annual Conference, 1997; Australasian Epidemiological Association, 1997; High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (Stroke Workshop), Melbourne, 1999; World Health Organisation and International Society of Hypertension Stroke Meeting (Secretary), Melbourne, 2002; Stroke Society of Australasia (2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011); Asia Pacific Conference Against Stroke (2009); International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology (2009 and Conference President 2015); American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Stroke Council’s International Stroke Conference Program Committee (2017-2020). 

Editorial Board Memberships

International Journal of Stroke (2005-); Neuroepidemiology (2007-); Stroke (2009-); Section Co-editor of Health Policy/Outcomes section of Stroke (2010-2018); Journal of Stroke Medicine (2018-). 

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Biostatistics, University of Melbourne

2007

Certificate of Health Economics , MONASH UNIVERSITY

1994

PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

19911994

BSc(Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

19871990

Research area keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Disadvantaged populations
  • Poverty
  • Hypertension
  • Preventive Health
  • Implementation
  • Disease Management
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Health Services
  • Stroke

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 1993 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Age, sex, and setting in the etiology of stroke study (ASSESS): Study design and protocol

Azarpazhooh, M. R., Mandzia, J. L., Thrift, A. G., Sposato, L. A., Morovatdar, N., Amiri, A., Kapral, M. K., Yassi, N., Bahit, C., Kaul, S., Alladi, S., Nilanont, Y., Coppola, M., Nucera, A., Silver, B., Werring, D., Simister, R., Swartz, R. H., Owolabi, M. O., Ovbiagele, B. & 2 others, Hachinski, V. & on behalf of ASSESS investigators, 15 Apr 2019, In : Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 399, p. 209-213 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

A Promising Skills-Based Intervention to Reduce Blood Pressure in Individuals with Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack

Kim, J. & Thrift, A. G., 1 Jan 2019, In : JAMA Neurology. 76, 1, p. 13-14 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Early mobilization and quality of life after stroke: Findings from AVERT

Cumming, T. B., Churilov, L., Collier, J., Donnan, G., Ellery, F., Dewey, H., Langhorne, P., Lindley, R. I., Moodie, M., Thrift, A. G., Bernhardt, J. & on behalf of the AVERT Trial Collaboration group, 13 Aug 2019, In : Neurology. 93, 7, p. e717-e728 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Evaluating recruitment strategies for AUSPICE, a large Australian community-based randomised controlled trial

Peel, R., Ren, S., Hure, A., Evans, T. J., D'Este, C. A., Abhayaratna, W. P., Tonkin, A. M., Hopper, I., Thrift, A. G., Levi, C. R., Sturm, J., Durrheim, D., Hung, J., Briffa, T. G., Chew, D. P., Anderson, P., Moon, L., McEvoy, M., Hansbro, P. M., Newby, D. A. & 1 others, Attia, J. R., May 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 9, p. 409-415 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Factors that confound the prediction of renal medullary oxygenation and risk of acute kidney injury from measurement of bladder urine oxygen tension

Ngo, J. P., Lankadeva, Y. R., Zhu, M. Z. L., Martin, A., Kanki, M., Cochrane, A. D., Smith, J. A., Thrift, A. G., May, C. N. & Evans, R. G., Sep 2019, In : Acta Physiologica. 227, 1, 12 p., e13294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Stroke Society of Australasia Excellence in Stroke Award

Amanda Thrift (Recipient), 24 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1995 2017

  • 12 Thesis Examination
  • 3 Editorial responsibility

PhD Examination

Amanda Thrift (Examiner)
2017

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

MBBS Honours thesis examination

Amanda Thrift (Examiner)
2016

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

PhD Examination

Amanda Thrift (Examiner)
2015

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

Master of Philiosophy

Amanda Thrift (Examiner)
2015

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

MBBS Honours

Amanda Thrift (Examiner)
2013

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination