We support stroke research leaders of the future to continue to improve the lives of people affected by stroke in the years to come.
Our fellows will develop their skills and experience, and spark new collaborations in order to lead their own innovative research projects.
Stroke research is underfunded in comparison to its devastating and life-long effects. Without our charity, we may lose generations of stroke researchers and set back innovation in treatment for many years.
Last year, we were able to provide vital funds for three fellows, who are driving improvements in stroke treatment and care in the UK.
Katie Monnelly, City University of London
"I want to improve treatment for stroke survivors with aphasia. Aphasia is a communication problem which impacts on relationships, social life, and mental health. I hope to develop a treatment for aphasia which includes family members and focuses on recovery of communication skills, life adaptations, and regaining independence.
"I've worked as a speech and language therapist, and people with aphasia are at the heart of my research projects. They inspire my work to be patient-focused and patient-led."
Dr Graham McClelland, Newcastle University
"My research looks to improve treatment for stroke by paramedics, often the first medical professionals to see a stroke patient. The right treatment in these crucial minutes and hours following stroke is vital to reduce the amount of damage to the brain.
"I'm a paramedic myself and was funded by the Stroke Association earlier in my career. This allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills to plan my work that can improve emergency care for stroke patients."
Dr Lisa Tedesco-Triccas, University College London
"I'm looking to improve treatment for stroke survivors with hand and arm weakness. This problem is common, affecting around 40% of stroke survivors. It can limit their ability to do everyday tasks such as making a meal and getting dressed.
"We need better treatments so these people can regain independence and get back to doing the things they enjoy.
"I studied as a physiotherapist and work with these healthcare professionals and stroke survivors day-to-day. My research can rebuild lives by providing hope to those who feel abandoned due to a lack of treatment options once they leave hospital."