PERKS - PERsonalised Knowledge to reduce the risk of Stroke

Contact:

Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi; Co-Principal Investigator for New Zealand - rita.krishnamurthi@aut.ac.nz

Dr Shabnam Jalili-Moghaddam; Research Study Manager- shabnam.jalili@aut.ac.nz

Summary:

The PERKS-International trial is coordinated by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. The New Zealand arm of the study will be coordinated by NISAN.

It will be of four years duration and involve 790 participants aged >35 and ≤75 years, recruited across Australia and New Zealand. Participants will be followed for at least 12 months.

Study background and Aim:

Stroke is one of the biggest causes of death and disability in the world today which is affecting all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups. It carries an enormous emotional and socioeconomic impact on patients, families, and health services. However, many strokes are preventable, and its onset can be reduced simply by being aware of and controlling certain lifestyle factors.

The PERKS-International trial study compares two different ways of showing people their risk factors for stroke. We will test whether one method is better than the other at helping people to manage their stroke risk factors including diet, exercise and blood pressure.

Project Team Leaders/Collaborators:

  • Associate Professor Seana Gall, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Valery Feigin, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, Auckland University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, Auckland University of Technology
  • Professor Timothy Kleinig, Central Adelaide Local Health Network Incorporated, trading as Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Doctor Derrick Bennett, Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
  • Professor Amanda Thrift, Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Stroke and Ageing Research, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University
  • Professor Dominique Cadilhac, Translational Public Health and Evaluation Division, Stroke and Ageing Research, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University
  • Professor Mark Nelson, Discipline of General Practice, University of Tasmania
  • Ms Tara Purvis , Translational Public Health and Evaluation Division, Stroke and Ageing Research, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University

Timeline: 2021 - 2024

Funded by: Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Budget: $790.000