Published: Saturday 20 May 2017
It's thought that about a third of stroke survivors will go on to develop some form of dementia within five years of their stroke.
Three-quarters of dementia cases after stroke are thought to be vascular dementia, which is the second most common form of dementia in the UK, and for which there is currently no proven treatment.
In partnership with Alzheimer's Society and the British Heart Foundation, we are delighted to announce our funding of three new awards in vascular dementia research. This constitutes a combined investment of £2.2 million into a key area of unmet need.
As a discipline, stroke research is already underfunded relative to its burden on society, but together we can change the story for more people affected by stroke.
The successful awardees are:
- Professor Roxana Carare, University of Southampton (TSA PPA 2016/01): Failure of drainage of fluid from the brain along the walls of blood vessels in vascular dementia.
- Professor Katherine Horsburgh, University of Edinburgh (TSA PPA 2016/02): Developing new models to better understand and allow testing of new therapies for small vessel disease and vascular dementia
- Professor Joanna Wardlaw, University of Edinburgh (TSA PPA 2016/03): A national, collaborative study to improve our understanding of longer-term memory and thinking problems after stroke
The awards form part of our Priority Programme into areas of unmet need in stroke research. Our current priority areas are:
- psychological consequences of stroke
- haemorrhagic stroke
- vascular dementia.
Find out about how our Vascular Dementia Priority Programme was shaped.