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University of Oxford

Keywords: Sleep, rehabilitation, home-based, smart devices, movement

Open to: Adult stroke survivors with access to a smart device (e.g. smartphone, tablet).

How to Apply: Please email

Further Information: Participant Information Sheet

Research participation requests are sent to the Stroke Association from external research institutions (e.g. universities and hospitals).

We conduct checks on these before promoting but are not involved in their running. This means we cannot comment on trials and have no affiliation with them.

What is the opportunity about?

Auditory (sound) stimulation during sleep may help boost memory of new movement tasks by altering brain activity during sleep. This has the potential to be used as part of rehabilitation after stroke.

We are currently seeking to understand how brain activity during sleep is different for people who have had a stroke, compared to people who haven’t.

What will it Involve?

You are invited to participate in a study in your home. You would be asked to wear a headband to record your brain activity for 3 nights.

We will also ask you to fill in questionnaires about yourself, and your sleep (approx. 15 minutes)

Who can take part?

We are looking for volunteers, who had a stroke at least 6 months aged 18 and over.

You should be living in the United Kingdom and not have a neurological or psychiatric condition [other than stroke] that precludes participation.

You should also have access to a device (e.g. smartphone, tablet) to download an “app”.

What will you get from taking part?

While there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that
this research will lead to development of this technique, which may in the future be tested as a way
of improving recovery after stroke.

You will receive £25 for participation. This will be transferred from the University to your bank
account, or if you prefer we can send you a shopping (e.g. Amazon) voucher.

How Can I Take Part?

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Triin

at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging by emailing


Information on taking part in research

Research participation helps research teams to test new ideas and approaches by sharing information or trying new approaches in clinical trials.

Find out more about taking part in research 

Taking part in clinical trials can support research to:

  • Stop strokes from happening.
  • Treat strokes.
  • Support people to rebuild their lives.

By taking part in research, you can help us to learn more about stroke and make a difference in the lives of future stroke survivors. 

Find out about how our research has made a difference in the lives of people affected by stroke

We have produced the Clinical Trials and Stroke booklet to explain more about clinical trials and answer questions you might have about taking part. The booklet was produced with the NIHR Clinical Research Network.


Information on Research Involvement

Research Involvement is a different way of contributing to research that involves collaborating with researchers to design decisions about how research is shaped and conducted.

You do not need any research knowledge to do this, your lived experience is what would otherwise be missing. Involvement is about contributing this to shape projects in ways that create most potential to benefit people affected.

Find out more about how to get involved shaping research.