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 assessment 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:
- Stroke service design and professional roles (Dr Chris Price, Prof Helen Rodgers)
- Interventional and diagnostic neuroradiology (Prof Phil White)
- Rehabilitation (Prof Helen Rodgers, Dr Chris Price)
- Clinical Trials (Dr Lisa Shaw)
- Movement science (Prof Lynn Rochester)
- Physical activity and exercise (Dr Sarah Moore)
- Neuroscience (Prof Janet Eyre)
- Communication difficulties (Prof David Howard, Dr Julie Morris)
- Decision support/risk communication, patient engagement/shared decision making (Prof Richard Thomson)
- Health Psychology (Dr Darren Flynn)
- Health economics (Prof Luke Vale)
The group has strong local, national, international links with academics, patient groups, NHS clinicians, managers and commissioners.
Our key academic collaborations are:
- Newcastle University: Institute of Neuroscience; Institute of Health and Society; Institute of Cellular Medicine; Institute for Ageing; Clinical Trials Unit; Health Economics Group; Culture Lab; MoveLab.
- National collaborations: Edinburgh University; Glasgow University; Glasgow Caledonian University; King's College, London; University of Leeds; University of Leicester; University of Manchester; Northumbria University; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; Sheffield University; University of Swansea; University of East London; UCLAN.
- International collaborations: UCLA, USA; MIT, USA; Medical University of South Carolina, USA; Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota, USA; University of Montreal, Canada; La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; Karolinska Institute, Sweden; University of Reims, France.
The following academics have honorary appointments with the Stroke Research Group:
- Professor Gary Ford CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network
- Dr Peter McMeekin, Northumbria University
- Professor Hermano Igo Krebs, MIT, USA
- Professor Aquilla S Turk, Medical University of South Carolina
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.
- Neurodegenerative, Cerebrovascular & Psychiatric Disorders
- Decision Making and Organisation of Care
- Health Economics Group
- Institute for Ageing
- NIHR CRN: Stroke
- Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke (RATULS)
- A trial to evaluate an extended rehabilitation service for stroke patients (EXTRAS)
- Stroke: an evaluation of thrombectomy in the ageing brain - [including] where IV thrombolysis fails or is contraindicated (STABILISE)
Research Support Secretary (PA to Prof Helen Rodgers)
Telephone: +44 191 208 6779
Dr Anna Basu
NIHR Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1375
Dr Helen Bosomworth
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6322
Dr Adela Cora
Clinical Research Associate
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3835
Dr Aoife De Brun
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3810
Professor Janet Eyre
Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1386
Dr Darren Flynn
Senior Research Associate
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5415
Dr Anil Gholkar OBE
Honorary Clinical Lecturer
Research Support Secretary
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3853
Professor David Howard
Research Development Professor
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7451
Dr Peter McMeekin
Senior Research Associate (Health Economics)
Dr Dipayan Mitra
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist
Telephone: 0191 208 3837
Dr Julie Morris
Reader in Speech & Lang Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6841
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5847
Professor Lynn Rochester
Prof of Human Movement Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1291
Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care
Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 86779
Professor Luke Vale
Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5590