Dr Lavinia Codd
Postdoctoral researcher, Queensland Brain Institute
Lavinia pursued a career change from chartered accountancy to science when her children were born. Unfortunately, mid-way through her Bachelor of Science, aged just 31, Lavinia suffered a stroke. She resumed her Bachelor of Science to drive her cognitive recovery, going on to complete her PhD in Professor Bartlett’s laboratory at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, where she was a post-doctoral research fellow. Lavinia investigated ways of improving cognitive recovery following stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new brain cells (neurogenesis, a form of neuroplasticity). Lavinia has now taken on an Advancement role at QBI and has established the QBI Stroke Advisory Board to raise awareness and philanthropic funding to support the vital research being undertaken at QBI.