Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. Professor Middleton has obtained 71 grants totalling over $22M. She is the lead investigator on the NHMRC-funded T3 Trial: Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in the emergency departments. Professor Middleton also led the landmark NHMRC-funded QASC cluster trial demonstrating decreased death and dependency following implementation of protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing post-stroke, winning multiple international awards. Subsequently, she successfully translated this intervention into all 36 NSW stroke units, winning the 2014 NSW Premier's Public Sector Award for Improving Performance and Accountability, and the 2014 NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence in Innovation Research – the highest NSW accolade for a nurse researcher. Professor Middleton is a Ministerial appointment to the NHMRC Research Committee and has published in multiple international peer review journals including Lancet, Stroke, Implementation Science, and International Journal of Stroke.