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The Northern Ireland Stroke Conference is supported by the following organisations and we'd like to thank them for their ongoing support.

Bayer - Gold level sponsor

Bayer aims to improve people’s quality of life with our products. To achieve this, we concentrate on the research and development of innovative drugs and novel therapeutic approaches. At the same time, we are constantly improving established products. In this context, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals uses the experience it has gained from over a century in the business.

Kainos (Evolve and In Touch Health) - Gold level sponsor

Kainos Evolve is part of Kainos Group plc, which employs over 1000 staff and is headquartered in Belfast, with offices in UK, Ireland, USA and Poland. The Evolve Integrated Care Platform is enabling healthcare providers to bring their patient information together, across teams and organisations, enabling better-informed care, including access for the patient and their carers. The award-winning Evolve Electronic Medical Records (EMR) platform automates the creation, capture and handling of medical case notes allowing healthcare providers to deliver better patient safety and quality of care. Evolve is a leader in Mobile-Enabled Healthcare software for iOS, transforming clinical outcomes for patients and healthcare providers.

InTouch Health:

InTouch Health provides technology-enabled services to healthcare providers for the delivery of high-quality clinical care virtually anywhere, anytime. The InTouch Telehealth Network empowers healthcare systems to deploy telehealth applications across their own enterprise, and into other care sites, such as non-affiliated hospitals, rehab centres, long-term care, clinics and homes. InTouch Health also offers physician services to assist healthcare systems in meeting their telehealth demands, and to address physician shortages.

BMS/Pfizer Alliance - Silver level sponsor

In 2007, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer entered into a worldwide collaboration to develop and commercialise an oral anticoagulant discovered by Bristol Myers Squibb. This global alliance combines Bristol Myers Squibb’s long-standing strengths in cardiovascular drug development and commercialisation with Pfizer’s global scale and expertise in this field.

Capita - Silver level sponsor

Capita PIP are currently recruiting for Nurses, Paramedics, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to work as Disability Assessors. We currently have roles available in Wales, East Midlands, West Midlands and Northern Ireland. We are recruiting for full and part-time permanent roles paying £34,000 to £38,000 per annum and contractor roles paying £95 per report. 

Daiichi Sanyo - Silver level sponsor

Daiichi Sankyo is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address diversified, unmet medical needs of patients in both mature and emerging markets.

With over 100 years of scientific expertise and a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension, thrombotic disorders and oncology.

Nestle - Bronze level sponsor

Nestlé Health Science, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé, is a health-science company engaged in advancing the role of nutritional therapy to change the course of health for consumers, patients and our partners in healthcare. Its portfolio of nutrition solutions, diagnostics, devices and drugs, targets a number of health areas, such as inborn errors of metabolism, paediatric and acute care, obesity care, healthy ageing, and gastrointestinal and brain health. Through investing in innovation and leveraging leading edge science, we bring forward innovative nutritional therapies with proven clinical, health economic value and quality of life benefits. Nestlé Health Science employs around 3,000 people worldwide and is headquartered near Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, please visit their website.

Novacor UK Ltd. - Bronze level sponsor

R.Test Evolution 4 – The obvious choice for AF detection from Novacor.

The R.Test Evolution 4 – Automatic ECG Arrhythmia Detection System is a lightweight non-invasive ECG monitor especially effective for detecting the presence of AF and PAF over longer durations1. Weighing just (42g) and approximately the size of a small matchbox, the R.Test Evolution 4 has become the obvious choice for stroke professionals; providing an effective, swift and practical means to capture and identify or confidently exclude AF as a cause for stroke.

Saebo - Bronze level sponsor

Saebo UK is a leading distributor of innovative technology for neurological rehabilitation.

We have affordable, evidence-based therapy solutions for mobility and function.

Myoroface - Bronze level sponsor

Myoroface is the company that has researched, developed, produced, patented and registered IQoro®. 

IQoro helps people after stroke with problems with swallowing, facial paralysis, speech, Hiatus hernia, snoring or sleep apnoea, and more. IQoro® is a new and unique neuromuscular treatment method that requires just 30 seconds’ exercise, three times per day.

IQoro's website is now a comprehensive knowledge hub where everything from the symptoms to the underlying causes of post-stroke conditions are described, as well as how IQoro treats and gets to the bottom of the fundamental problem. Dozens of patient stories give hope and inspiration.


Founded in 1950, Allergan, Inc., with headquarters in Irvine, California, is a multi-specialty health care company that discovers, develops and commercialises innovative pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices that enable people to live life to its greatest potential – to see more clearly, move more freely, express themselves more fully. The Company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide and operates state-of-the-art R&D facilities and world-class manufacturing plants. In addition to its discovery-to-development research organisation, Allergan has global marketing and sales capabilities with a presence in more than 100 countries.


Zio by iRhythm is proven to detect arrhythmias for earlier diagnosis. Zio by iRhythm is the only true long-term continuous 14 day ambulatory ECG monitoring of patients with suspected arrhythmias improves diagnosis of arrhythmias, including AFib. The Zio includes a small, water-resistant, wire-free Zio monitor for the patient, and the Zio patch report, with comprehensive and easy-to-read preliminary findings reviewed by certified cardiovascular technicians for interpretation by physicians.  Zio by iRhythm is proven in multiple peer-reviewed, published studies to help rule-in and rule-out arrhythmias sooner in the diagnostic pathway and to change patient care, compared to other monitoring approaches.


As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the lives and health of millions of people each year. We use our deep clinical, therapeutic, and economic expertise to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare systems today. That’s why we’re committed to partnering in new ways and developing powerful solutions that deliver better patient outcomes.  Medtronic is committed to providing evidence-based technology to treat Neurovascular disease providing solutions to hemorrhagic and Ischaemic Stroke patients. Let’s take healthcare Further, Together. Learn more at

Nihon Kohden UK Ltd.

Nihon Kohden is one of Japan’s leading players in medical technology development and manufacturing, we are renowned the world over for innovation, reliability and engineering quality, and have been manufacturing medical devices for more than 60 years.  Nihon Kohden and apoplex medical technologies collaborate on game-changing stroke solutions. A patient’s 6-lead ECG waveforms from a Nihon Kohden patient monitor are automatically, continuously transferred to apoplex medical technologies as soon as the patient is monitored in a hospital. After automatic analysis on their servers, clinicians receive reliable Stroke Risk Analysis reports the next morning to use as a basis for therapy decisions and further treatment options.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke

NICHS is the local charity for the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses. We work with people who have these conditions and their families, offering practical and emotional support at what can be a difficult time in their lives. Our support groups provide an opportunity to share experiences while benefitting from a structured programme of activities including rehabilitation, exercise and information. We do health promotion in schools, with the homeless and in workplaces. We fund research relating to prevention, treatment and care. We campaign at Assembly level for people and families who are affected by these conditions.

Silverlink Software Limited

CaptureStroke is Silverlink’s marketing leading care performance improvement system for stroke services. Offering Trusts full ownership of their data and real-time analytics to understand and measure performance throughout the care pathway, CaptureStroke forms part of Silverlink’s best-of-breed modular solution portfolio. Silverlink has been a leading software supplier to the NHS for over 20 years, and design solutions based on an in-depth knowledge of NHS processes and requirements. Working in close collaboration with clinicians, Silverlink offers intuitive, intelligent data solutions that facilitate paperless and mobile working that goes beyond basic SSNAP reporting requirements for meaningful insights into Stroke care delivery.

SSNAP/Royal College of Physicians

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme is the single source of stroke data for Northern Ireland. The SSNAP Clinical Audit provides regular reports on stroke care at team level, Local Commissioning Group (LCG) level and national level to help inform quality improvement.

Visit their website


Stroke Association

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke together we can conquer stroke.  We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke.


Stryker is focused on advancing the practice of less invasive stroke therapies through its Complete Stroke Care solutions. Stryker is dedicated to providing innovative stroke products and services for ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke, and committed to providing clinical education and support to help physicians deliver better patient outcomes. Products include: stent retriever, detachable coils, stents, balloons, guidewires and microcatheters. Visit their website.                     

The Magic Project

Business Services Organisation (BSO) provides a broad range of regional businesses support functions and specialist professional services to the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland.  MAGIC is a European Commission Co-Funded Pre-Commercial Procurement Project focused on the development of ICT-based solutions to improve the well-being of patients and optimise the opportunity for recovery post-stroke. BSO leads and co-ordinates the MAGIC consortium. Other NI participants are the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency, Invest NI and the University of Ulster. Other member states involved in the consortium are Ireland, Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark.