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NIHR Stroke Research Workshop 2018

When Sep 11, 2018 09:00 AM to
Sep 12, 2018 04:00 PM
Where Clare College, Cambridge
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Contact Phone 01223 586661
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The second NIHR Stroke workshop was held on 11-12 September in Clare College (Cambridge) with 97 delegates including invited speakers from the UK and continental Europe.

The workshop aimed to encourage and support stroke researchers, particularly those in the earlier stages of their careers. Thanks to support from the NIHR, Stroke Association, British Association of Stroke Physicians, AstraZeneca, and our own Cambridge Cardiovascular, the organisers were able to offer reduced-cost registration to trainees and a number of fully-funded medical student bursaries.

There was a pre-meeting workshop on 11th September on ‘How Could Mentorship Help Me?’. We were fortunate to have Elizabeth Benedikz (AMS mentorship scheme) who explained how mentorship can work both within and outside the Academy’s mentorship scheme. We then had two contrasting examples of how mentorship has helped, from Adrian Parry Jones (Manchester) and Stephanie Rossit (UEA). Both provided interesting insights, and emphasised how there is not a single model of mentorship, but different models may favour different people and at different stages of their career. The formal talks were followed by an active Q&A session.

The main meeting opened with a plenary lecture by Uli Dirnagl (Berlin) on
‘Increasing Value and Reducing Waste in Translational Stroke Research’. The talk highlighted how better methodology is required in experimental stroke studies if they are to translate into clinical advances. This was followed by a session on Acute Stroke/Reperfusion with invited talks from clinical aspects of reperfusion from Carlos Molina (Barcelona) and experimental aspects from Clare Gibson (Leicester).

The afternoon of the 11th continued with a session on ‘The Inflamed Brain’ with an introduction to inflammation and stroke from Stuart Allan (Manchester) followed by a talk on immunosuppression after stroke, why this may occur, and how it can affect patient recovery by Craig Smith (Manchester). We then moved onto the role of inflammation in atherosclerosis, and whether reducing this could reduce recurrent stroke, covered by Peter Kelly (Dublin).

The day ended with a special lecture on the 100K Genomes Project and how next-generation genetic technology is likely to transform medicine from Lucy Raymond (Cambridge). This was followed by a very enjoyable dinner in Clare Great Hall.


NIHR stroke 2018 workshop Lucy Raymond


The 12th September opened with a ‘Heart and Brain’ session with very clinically relevant talks on patent foramen ovale by Nik Weir (Southampton) and on the concept of ESOS by Roland Velkamp (Imperial College London). This was followed by a panel discussion covering what are the big questions of cardioembolic stroke.

The next session was on ‘New Technologies in Stroke Recovery’ in which Cathy
Price (UCL) London described how MRI scans outlining lesion location can be
used to predict outcome in aphasia, before Alex Leff (UCL) introduced
exciting apps which could be used to support rehabilitation after stroke.

After lunch the day continued with Patrik Michel (Lausanne) talking about using Brain Imaging to predict treatment response in the acute ischaemic brain, covering both advanced CT imaging and MRI.

The day finished with a plenary lecture from Philip Bath (Nottingham) describing his journey investigating the role of nitric oxide in acute stroke, switching between experimental and clinical studies.

In addition, there were some excellent posters and oral abstracts from investigators throughout the UK and one from Italy. We were particularly pleased to be able to award four medical student bursaries. Three medical student posters were presented by Edward Christopher (Edinburgh), David Henshall (Edinburgh), and Abdul Badran (Cambridge). The top-rated medical student submission was by William Jakobek (Keele/Stoke on Trent), who described a laboratory study in which different thrombectomy techniques were compared, and who gave a very impressive presentation.

There were a number of very high quality presentations and posters making
awarding prizes difficult but the prizes for best poster were awarded to Lauren Hepworth for her poster ‘Development of a new patient reported outcome measures for measuring the impact of visual impairment following stroke on quality of life’ and for best oral presentation to Jessica Walsh for her presentation entitled ‘Increased blood brain barrier permeability and inflammation in cerebral small vessel disease’.


NIHR stroke 2018 workshop Jessica Walsh 

We are pleased to announce that the third NIHR Stroke Workshop will be held on Wednesday 11-12 September 2019 in Manchester.

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