Research & Trials

What stroke research is happening in the UK?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website provides some information on research in stroke. An overview can be found at:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/stroke/

A full list of NIHR-supported stroke research can be found via the NIHR stroke portfolio. The research covers a wide range of stroke topics, and are organised into six themes: hyperacute, acute, prevention, rehabilitation, experimental medicine, and primary care.

http://public-odp.nihr.ac.uk/QvAJAXZfc/opendoc.htm?document=CRNCC_Users%2FFind%20A%20Clinical%20Research%20Study.qvw&sheet=SH75&bookmark=BM02&select=LB572,=StudyID=%20

(Select ‘Search for a study’, then select ‘Stroke’ in the ‘Managing Specialty’ box).

Joint BASP and NIHR Stroke Writing Group Applications aim to develop high quality research proposals and support portfolio development across the stroke pathway. Further information can be found on our website:

http://basp.ac.uk/what-we-do/research/

Current NIHR funding opportunities in stroke research are listed here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/current-funding-opportunities/?&start=1&custom_in_Specialty=3941

England

The 15 local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) support stroke research across England. Further information can be found here:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/stroke/

Scotland

The Scottish Stroke Research Network supports research in Scotland. Further information, including a portfolio of studies, can be found here: http://www.nhsresearchscotland.org.uk/research-areas/stroke

The Chief Scientist Office website provides information on grant funding and research fellowships: http://www.cso.scot.nhs.uk

Information on CSO funded research from the last few years can be found here:

http://www.cso.scot.nhs.uk/outputs/cso-funded-research/

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland also support research into stroke:  https://www.chss.org.uk/research-awards/

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network supports research across the stroke pathway. Details of their work can be found here: http://www.nicrn.hscni.net/interest-groups/nicrn-stroke/

Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke also support research into stroke: https://nichs.org.uk/how-we-can-support-you/research/

Wales

Health and Care Research Wales supports stroke research in Wales and maintains its own stroke portfolio:

https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/stroke/

Some funders also maintain their own stroke-specific pages:

The Stroke Association

https://www.stroke.org.uk/research

British Heart Foundation

https://www.bhf.org.uk/research/what-we-research/stroke

Although it was published in 2012, the Wellcome Trust’s Focus on Stroke website provides a good overview of stroke (including research). It can be found here:

https://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/focus-on-stroke/

What is happening near me?

As well as national and international multicentre studies, there is a wealth of stroke research going on across the country’s research centres. A number of stroke research groups maintain their own websites with information about their work:

University of Aberdeen:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/iahs/research/actra.php

University of Birmingham

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/projects/HaPS/PCCS/cv/research/stroke/index.aspx

University of Bristol:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/translational-health-sciences/research/neurosciences/research/stroke

University of Cambridge

http://www.neurology.cam.ac.uk/neurology-unit-research-groups/stroke-research-group/

University of Central Lancashire

http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/explore/themes/stroke_research.php

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

https://www.chss.org.uk

University of Edinburgh

http://www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-brain-sciences/research/diagnoses-disease-targets/brain-vascular-disease

University of Exeter

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/feature/improvingstrokecare/

University of Glasgow

http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/neurosciencepsychology/research/csbi/

Imperial College London

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/news/search?tag=76

Keele University

https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/researchareas/regenerativemedicine/neuroscience/

King’s College London

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divisions/hscr/research/groups/stroke/index.aspx

University of Leeds

https://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/621/stroke_projects

University of Leicester

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/cardiovascular-sciences/people/robinson/research-summary-stroke

University of Manchester

https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/research/domains/neuroscience-mental-health/stroke/

Newcastle University

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences/research/groups/stroke/

Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke

https://nichs.org.uk/how-we-can-support-you/research/

The Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network supports research across the stroke pathway. Details of their work can be found here: http://www.nicrn.hscni.net/interest-groups/nicrn-stroke/

 

University of Nottingham

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/stroke/

https://nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/strokerehabilitation/index.aspx

Oxford University

https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/divisions/cpsd

University of Sheffield

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/neuroscience

University of Southampton

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/impact/advancing_recovery_from_stroke.page

St. George’s University of London

https://www.sgul.ac.uk/research/molecular-and-clinical-sciences/neurology-and-neurosurgery

University College London

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/repair/themes/stroke

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/sobell/Research/NWard

The above list is not exhaustive as many centres and universities are conducting research into stroke but do not have dedicated stroke research websites.

Trainee interested in research?

If you’re a trainee interested in stroke research there are a number of stroke-specific courses to find out more about stroke research and to develop your research skills. They offer a range of content depending on your need; from getting an overview of different areas of stroke research to developing your own research question and project. Please check the links for dates and application details.

BASP Trainee Weekend

This two-day course provides a clinical update across a range of stroke-related conditions, including results of recent studies.

European Stroke Organisation Summer School

https://eso-stroke.org/stroke-summer-school/

A week-long meeting covering updates in clinical practice and advances in stroke research. Typically there are two places per country. Further application details can be found on the ESO website above.

NIHR Stroke Research Workshop (Cambridge)
http://www.neurology.cam.ac.uk/neurology-unit-research-groups/stroke-research-group/events/uk-stroke-research-workshop-2017/

This two-day course aims to give trainees an overview of all aspects of stroke research; from basic science to clinical studies, with a focus on translational science. Sessions also include how to get involved in stroke research and applying for funding.

Stroke Association – Developing a Career in Stroke Research (UK Stroke Forum)

https://www.stroke.org.uk/professionals/what-uk-stroke-forum/uksf-conference

This half-day session is part of the annual UK Stroke Forum. It includes information on the Stroke Association’s research priorities, small group sessions on writing grants/fellowship applications, and talks from stroke academics.

Edinburgh Stroke Winter School

http://www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-brain-sciences/postgraduate-training/edinburgh-stroke-winter-school

A highly regarded three-day course that aims to help clinical academics develop a specific research question for a stroke-related PhD or MD project. It includes some formal training in research methods and feedback on the research proposal from a panel of experts.

There is also a range of post-graduate stroke-related qualifications:

Hertfordshire: Cardiology and Stroke MSc

http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-cardiology-and-stroke

Keele: Stroke Medicine MMedSci / PG Diploma / PG Certificate

https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicalsciencestroke/

UCL: Stroke Medicine MSc/ MRes / PG Diploma / PG Certificate

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education/courses/strokemedicine

Many stroke centres will be recruiting participants to studies, so it’s worth seeing what your local centre is doing if you want to get some experience in research.

Stroke survivor interested in research?

Both the Stroke Association and Different Strokes have useful information on volunteering in research, either as a participant or helping shape research priorities.

The Stroke Association information can be found here:

https://www.stroke.org.uk/research/get-involved-research

Different Strokes maintains a list of stroke studies that are looking for volunteers. Further information can be found here: http://differentstrokes.co.uk/stroke-information/take-part-research/

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