To so many of us, research is important because it's about change.
We believe in the power of research to save lives, prevent stroke and ensure people make the best recovery they can.
Research funded by the Stroke Association has the ultimate aim of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke.
Thousands of lives a year could be changed thanks to a pilot research study by Imperial College which involves injecting a patient's stem cells into their brain.
Doctors said the procedure could become routine in ten years after larger trials to examine its effectiveness in a wider group of patients.