Stroke attacks the brain, the body's control centre. Each stroke is different and it can have many different effects. That's why we aim to fund researchers with a range of knowledge and experience in medical research, and health and social care to drive improvements in stroke care and treatment. We also aim to fund researchers to develop their research careers and establish themselves as research leaders.
You can meet some of our research Fellows who are working across many different areas in stroke research in this article.
Our funding helped Dr Terry Quinn become a research leader
Dr Terry Quinn was the first researcher to complete our charity's Lectureship programme over four years. He established a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow, pioneering research into how to spot mood and thinking problems after stroke.
Terry said: 'the Lectureship gave me the time and space to develop a research group'. The group brings together researchers with knowledge and experience in many areas. From researchers in the lab trying to find molecular signals that hint the brain is struggling to cope, to others testing which questions to ask stroke survivors in order to uncover problems. By working together, the group can pool their knowledge and more effectively tackle this complex area of stroke research.
Terry said: 'Without this funding by the Stroke Association, I would not be able to do research, as well as be a doctor. I now hope to become a Professor at the University of Glasgow leading research into mood and thinking problems after stroke, so more stroke survivors that may be struggling with these effects can get the right support to live the best life they can.'
You can find out about our second research goal on the next page.