We support stroke researchers to establish themselves as leaders and continue their work to improve the lives of people affected by stroke for years to come.
Our lecturers lead innovative research projects, and support and mentor early career researchers to help establish a strong research community in the UK.
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 two lecturers, who are driving improvements in stroke treatment and care in the UK.
Dr Gargi Banerjee, University College London
"I hope to understand the cause of bleeding strokes (intracerebral haemorrhage) in younger people that had brain surgery as children. I will look at if a damaging protein can be transferred into the brain during these procedures, later building up to cause strokes.
"We need new treatments to reduce the risk of stroke, as well as other problems in the brain, including certain dementias.
"Learning more about this unusual type of stroke can also help to understand more common types of strokes. It can help the search for new treatments that stop the damaging protein building up and causing damage.
"The Stroke Association lectureship award will allow me to establish myself and a team of stroke researchers, so that together we can find innovative new ways to stop bleeding strokes from happening."
Dr Christine Hazelton, Glasgow Caledonian University
"When I was working as an optometrist (optician), I saw lots of stroke survivors with vision problems and found it frustrating that I couldn’t offer them good enough treatments. Unfortunately, this is still a problem.
"But my research hopes to improve treatment for stroke survivors with vision problems. Around two thirds of stroke survivors experience vision problems, taking away their independence and enjoyment, for example the ability to drive or even read.
"My research aims to find the best treatments for vision problems after stroke and if they could be delivered in the NHS.
"I was funded by the Stroke Association earlier in my career, and this next step will allow me to establish myself and work with others to improve treatment for stroke survivors."