Published: Monday 29 September 2014
About 15% of all strokes are haemorrhagic in that they are bleeding into the brain. Our understanding and treatment of haemorrhagic stroke lags behind what is known and can be done for the more common, ischaemic (blood blockage) type of stroke. For example, ischaemic stroke can be treated with clot busting drugs (thrombolysis) in the early hours after the stroke, whereas giving this same treatment to a person with a haemorrhagic stroke would be catastrophic, causing further bleeding.
The Stroke Association held this workshop on Friday 29 August 2014 to set the priorities for haemorrhagic stroke research in the UK.
We got together many of the top researchers in the field of haemorrhagic stroke, with people who had experienced a haemorrhagic stroke, their carers and research funder staff, mainly from the Stroke Association.
Professor Pippa Tyrrell chaired the meeting, which opened with an overview of the field of haemorrhagic stroke. It was presented by Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, a Professor of Clinical Neurology from the University of Edinburgh.
This overview highlighted the main research gaps and questions in the field. It supplemented a ‘Research Priorities Report’ that had been distributed to the delegates prior to the meeting by the Stroke Association.
The Research Priorities Report was developed from a ‘State of Play’ Review written by a collaboration of the top researchers in haemorrhagic stroke in the UK, which was then distilled in the report into a summary of the main research priorities, questions and unknowns in the field.
What followed was a Q&A session and a rich and diverse discussion of the various issues around haemorrhagic stroke from both a professional and patient perspective.
In the afternoon, delegates continued to discuss and came to agreements on what their main priorities were for research into this field, and finally, each delegate placed a vote for their top 3 priorities.
These priorities will be published upon the launch of our new Priority Programme Awards in stroke research in Autumn 2014. This will be an invitation for researchers to apply for funding with research proposals that aim to answer some of the key questions and priorities that we established during the workshop on 29 August.
You can find our Priority Programme Awards here.