A/Prof Anne Abbott

Research Field: Biomedical, Stroke Prevention

The carotid artery is the main brain artery, and its origin is common site of arterial disease build up as people get older. This ‘carotid stenosis’ causes about 10% of all strokes. A/Prof Abbott’s research has shown that healthy lifestyle habits and medication are more successful in preventing stroke in symptom-free people with narrowing of the carotid artery, rather than carotid surgery or stenting, expensive procedures that carry significant risks.

This means that carotid procedures are no longer necessary in people free of past stroke symptoms. Anne’s engagement with the public has included testifying for a US Medicare policy review, uniting experts that lead to updated medical guidelines in the USA, UK and Australia. She has also participated in television interviews, and assisted school students with literacy and science.

A/Prof Abbott completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2004, and is currently an Associate Professor at Monash University