Apathy has a major effect of quality of life for a SVD sufferer; we have shown that for the patient it is more important in determining quality of life than is disability, such as weakness, from the stroke itself.
This project is part of a larger on-going study into Small Vessel Disease (SVD) after stroke. It will allow the researchers to invite some of the participants in this project back for more frequent brain scans and tests to help them to understand more about SVD after stroke.
The aim of this research programme is to develop a human brain bank to support biomedical research into the pathophysiology of human SVD that may be used nationally and internationally.
Using genetics to understand why disease of the small blood vessels in the brain occurs
Professor Joanna Wardlaw CBE talks about the new SVDs@target programme - Targeting interventions for small vessel disease to prevent stroke and dementia. This programme was funded by a 6 million euro grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
Can using a tissue sample from the buttock help us understand the main genetic cause of stroke?
Can we identify genetic risk factors that cause disease of small blood vessels in the brain?
This research programme could substantially increase our understanding of how SVD develops, leading to new ways to investigate SVD and test drugs which may help treat it.
Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is usually associated with high blood pressure, and causes 20% of all strokes. It is the main cause of cognitive changes and dementia associated with stroke. Behavioural symptoms such as apathy are also common in patients with SVD.