Our research makes a difference

A stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. When stroke strikes, part of the brain shuts down.

Research can make a real difference in the lives of people affected by stroke. It can find new ways and drive improvements in how we can stop stroke happening, treat and support people after stroke.

Since the early 1990s, we’ve invested over £56 million in stroke research.

This has:

  • Established a vibrant community of stroke researchers in the UK.
  • Improved our understanding of stroke.
  • Changed treatment and care for those affected by stroke.

You can read stories about how our support for stroke research has made a difference by clicking on the images below.

Recognising stroke as a medical emergency

Finding new and improved treatments

Research to rebuild lives after stroke

Research to stop stroke from happening

Improving the amount and quality of stroke research

Unfortunately, the impacts of stroke are still under-recognised.  Stroke strikes every 5 minutes and there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK. Yet stroke research receives a fraction of the research funding compared to other conditions, like cancer and dementia.

You can read our reports on the cost of stroke and underfunding of stroke research in this section.