PROF Vincent Thijs

PROF Vincent Thijs


  • Stroke (Imaging, genetics, epidemiology)



  • Vincent Thijs is the Head of Stroke at the Austin Health since 2015. He recently moved from Belgium where he headed the Stroke Unit at the University Hospitals in Leuven. He was a professor at the Department of Neurosciences at KULeuven and a research fellow at the VIB ( He was twice awarded a Clinical Investigatorship by the FWO (main research fund in Flanders). His research interests include acute stroke treatment, stroke prevention, young stroke, the genetics of atrial fibrillation and stroke, and neuroimaging.  Professor Thijs completed a PhD on magnetic resonance imaging in stroke, and has served on the steering committee of several acute stroke clinical trials (WAKE-UP, SCAST, MITI-IV and AXIS) and secondary prevention trials (SOCRATES, RE-SPECT ESUS and REACT-AF). Professor Thijs is a member of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium and an editorial board member of Stroke journal and the European Stroke Journal. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed papers on stroke.    


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2004
  • Cert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2000
  • MD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 1995

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2016
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association, 2015


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research interests are acute stroke neuroimaging, microbleeds, stroke epidemiology, stroke clinical trials, atrial fibrillation and stroke, diabetes and stroke, genetic background of stroke, stroke in the young