Improving our prediction of recovering language abilities after stroke
Chickenpox and shingles are common infectious diseases and we plan to research whether these are risk factors for stroke.
Up to 70% of stroke survivors complain of tiredness or fatigue, sometimes years after stroke. Unlike normal tiredness, post stroke fatigue does not always respond to rest. The cause of extreme tiredness is not known and there are no definitive treatments available.
The recovery of stroke survivors with language difficulties is famously variable. Some stroke survivors recover much more quickly or fully than others. Some respond to treatment much better than others.
If we are to discover which underlying genes cause stroke, we need to collect DNA from large numbers of patients who have had a lacunar stroke. An existing collection of DNA (extracted from blood samples) from patients has been established with the aid of a Wellcome Trust grant, this is called the UK Young Lacunar Stroke DNA Database.
Alteplase-Tenecteplase Trial Evaluation for Stroke Thrombolysis (ATTEST 2) - TSA BHF 2015/01
Reducing blood pressure to prevent bleeding complications and improve outcome following clot-busting treatment for ischaemic stroke
Pilot trial of devices to extract clot from occluded arteries (PISTE)
Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr Ulrike Hammerbeck (TSA PDF 2015-02)