Stroke Research Group

Theme Leader

Prof Helen Rodgers (Institute of Neuroscience)

Mission statement

To improve stroke care by developing and evaluating innovative interventions and clinical services.

Major Research Themes

The SRG undertakes collaborative clinical and health services research to provide an evidence base to improve stroke care and clinical outcomes

Our research themes are:

  • Innovative clinical service design and professional role development for assesment and treatment of stroke patients.
  • Interventional neuroradiology and evaluation of imaging techniques.
  • Rehabilitation (upper limb, assistive technologies, gait, physical activity and exercise, speech and language therapy).
  • Decision support/risk communication, patient engagement and shared decision making between patients and clinicians about stroke care.


The SRG has a strong track record of undertaking high quality research studies which lead to improvements in patient care and services. We develop our research ideas and undertake our studies in collaboration with patients, carers, NHS clinicians and managers. We undertake translational, clinical and health services research. We have expertise in multi-centre randomised controlled trials, with embedded process evaluation, to determine the clinical effectiveness and the cost-effectiveness of interventions/services.

We are a multidisciplinary group with expertise in:

Key Collaborations

The group has strong local, national, international links with academics, patient groups, NHS clinicians, managers and commissioners.

Our key academic collaborations are:

The following academics have honorary appointments with the Stroke Research Group:

A list of NHS organisations participating in our studies

Developing Researchers

SRG members supervise post graduate students, research fellows and research associates undertaking MD, PhD and post-doctoral work. Our students and members of our research teams come from a range of professional and academic backgrounds and have a high success rate for completion and publication of their work. There is excellent senior academic and peer support. There is the opportunity to attend academic meetings throughout the Faculty of Medicine and wider University.

Impact and Engagement

The SRG includes key national leaders in stroke research, clinical practice and service organisation. Our research is quoted in national and international clinical guidelines and we contribute to NHS policy documents.

SRG members have received national awards in patient and carer involvement, clinical decision support and innovation.

Useful links:

Staff List


Michael Adams
Research Support Secretary (PA to Prof Helen Rodgers)

Dr Anna Basu
NIHR Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Helen Bosomworth
Research Associate

Lianne Brkic
Associate Researcher

Dr Adela Cora
Clinical Research Associate

Ruth Da Silva
Guest Status

Dr Aoife De Brun
Research Associate

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Professor Janet Eyre
Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience

Dr Darren Flynn
Senior Research Associate

Dr Richard Francis
Research Associate

Dr Anil Gholkar OBE
Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Anne Harrison
Research Support Secretary

Professor David Howard
Research Development Professor

Deborah Jones
Research Support Secretary

Dr Peter McMeekin
Senior Research Associate (Health Economics)

Dr Dipayan Mitra
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Sarah Moore
NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist

Dr Julie Morris
Senior Lecturer

Dr Christopher Price
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Jacqueline Price
Research Assistant

Professor Lynn Rochester
Prof of Human Movement Science

Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care

Dr Matt Rudd
Associate Clinical Teacher

Dr Lisa Shaw
Senior Research Associate

Professor Richard Thomson
Professor of Epidemiology & Public Hlth

Professor Luke Vale
Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics

Professor Phil White
Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology

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