Dr Lavinia Codd talks about her research and recovery from stroke

Our guest speaker at our last standard formal dinner on Tuesday 6th September was Dr Lavinia Codd.  Lavinia began her working life at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked in both the Brisbane and South London offices of PWC, as well as the London office of the Swiss Bank Corporation, and The Walt Disney Company (Australia) in Melbourne. However, after the birth of her first child, Lavinia embarked on a career change and returned to UQ to study science. Mid-way through her studies, aged just 31, Lavinia suffered a stroke.

The nature of Lavinia’s deficits meant that appropriate rehabilitation was unavailable, so she resumed her Bachelor of Science to drive her cognitive recovery, going on to complete her PhD in Professor Perry Bartlett’s internationally renowned laboratory.

Today, as a postdoctoral research fellow at the QueenslandBrain Institute, Lavinia is investigating ways of improving recovery after stroke. Her aim is to translate laboratory findings into new behavioral and pharmacological approaches to restore cognitive functions in human stroke survivors. Lavinia gave students an interesting overview of her research and spoke of the benefits her program change had provided. She also pointed out that following a stroke recovery, although having its challenges, can be limitless.