Living life well: Rehabilitation matters (Professor Marion Walker MBE)

Our Keynote Lecture showcases the latest advancements being made in stroke research. It took place this year on Wednesday 2 May at Guildhall, London.

This year's lecture was delivered by Professor Marion Walker MBE, Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham.

Professor Walker has a strong research portfolio covering a wide area of local, national and international research projects. She is a strong advocate of patient partnership and has co-chaired the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group for 10 years. She is also a Stroke Association trustee.  Marion was awarded an MBE in 2012, as part of The Queen's New Year Honours list, for her service to stroke rehabilitation and stroke survivors.

Professor Walker addressed the audience with her lecture: ‘Living life well: Rehabilitation matters’, which covered the crucial part rehabilitation plays in restoring the quality of life, not only for the patient but also for those close to them. We heard from Martin, a stroke survivor, who shared his personal experience of how rehabilitation played a very significant role in his recovery process.

Professor Walker also discussed the current state of rehabilitation provision highlighting the important role that the Stroke Association plays in developing research capacity in this vital area.

Research Awards Ceremony

(Awardees with Professor Sir Mark Walport, Professor Marion Walker MBE, Christopher Blakesley, Juliet Bouverie, The Lady Estelle Wolfson, Alastair Stewart OBE, Hilary Reynolds CBE,  Frederick Lewis, and Martin Coult)

Following the Keynote Lecture, we proudly presented this year’s four awards:

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) presented the awards on behalf of the Stroke Association.

Lady Estelle Wolfson joined Sir Mark on stage to present certificates to each recipient. Lady Estelle has been a major contributor to our research programme and is one of the UK's leading philanthropists.