Published: Wednesday 5 July 2017

The UK Stroke Assembly (UKSA) brings together people affected by stroke to share their hopes and concerns in a UK-wide forum. The annual events (North and South) bring together stroke survivors, carers and their families and gives them a voice to have their say on the issues that affect them. 

Yesterday was day two of this year's UK Stroke Assembly South event in Stansted, Essex. Some of our researchers spoke at the event, sharing important insights into key areas of stroke research. There was also a stand showcasing our EVA Park project, which aims to help stroke survivors with aphasia regain communication skills and confidence.

The latest developments in stroke

Dr Fergus Doubal is a consultant stroke physician and Stroke Association Garfield Weston Foundation Senior Clinical Lecturer. He is based at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Fergus Doubal: the DAWN trial could be a game-changer

Dr Doubal shared some of the latest developments in stroke research and care across the prevention, acute care and long-term care stages of the stroke pathway. His own research is into cognitive (memory and thinking) problems after stroke, which largely falls under the long-term care stage of the stroke pathway.

What's hot in aphasia research

Professor Jane Marshall leads a large team of aphasia researchers at City, University of London. She spoke about the latest in aphasia research including her acclaimed EVA Park study, the peer befriending SUPERB study and the SOFIA study. All are being undertaken by her team and are funded by us.

Professor Jane Marshall: what you can do in EVA Park

EVA Park showcased in exhibition area

Professor Marshall and Dr Niamh Devane also showcased their EVA Park work in the exhibition area. There was fantastic engagement from attendees, and lots of questions of where the EVA project is going next.

Professor Marshall guiding an attendee through the EVA world

Latest developments in fatigue research - workshop

Gillian Mead is Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. She talked about fatigue after stroke research and how research suggests it is unrelated to fitness.

Professor Gillian Mead - post stroke fatigue not related to fitness

Mental health, anxiety and depression - workshop

Dr Shirley Thomas is a Lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology, at the University of Nottingham. She explored the relationship between these hidden effects of stroke, with updates on what research is being done to support better care in this field.

Dr Shirley Thomas talks about signs of anxiety post stroke

More about UK Stroke Assembly

Find out more at the UK Stroke Assembly web page.

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