Dr Clarkson’s research expertise and focus is in the field of post-stroke neuroprotection, regeneration and repair mechanisms. His research is directed at promoting recovery of sensory and motor functions following a stroke and investigating underlying mechanisms associated with delayed impairment in memory. Further he is investigating changes that occur as a consequence of preterm birth in order to find novel pharmacological treatments. To address these questions, he uses novel drug therapies, rehabilitation, stem cell therapies and novel drug delivery systems to enhance brain repair processes. These approaches utilise behavioural, electrophysiological, optical imaging and anatomical measures to assess neuroprotection, regeneration and repair. He has two converted patents, advises Pharmaceutical companies in the area of post-stroke recovery and is am a member of a newly establish Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable setup to help guide the translation of stroke recovery research. He has been and is currently a PI on several multi-investigator grants related to stroke neuroprotection, regeneration and repair.