Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Helen Rodgers

Clin Prof of Stroke Care


Roles and Responsibilities
  • Honorary Consultant Stroke Physician, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Consultant (Neurology), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • British Association of Stroke Physicians Executive Committee 2013 -
  • Chair Joint Stroke Medicine Committee, RCP London 2018 -
  • European Stroke Organisation Conference Planning Group. Programme Subcommitte 2018 -
  • National Stroke Plan. Chair Rehabilitation and Ongoing Care Working Group 2018 -
  • MB ChB 1983 (University of Leeds)
  • MRCP/FRCP 1986/1998
Previous Positions
  • President British Association of Stroke Physicians 2015 - 2017
  • Associate Director for Patient and Carer Involvement, Stroke Research Network 2005 -2015
  • Reader in Stroke Medicine, Newcastle University 8/01 - 7/08
  • Senior Lecturer in Stroke Medicine, Newcastle University 4/93 - 07/01
  • Senior Registrar, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8/92 - 3/93
  • Wellcome Training Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology, Newcastle University, 4/89 - 7/92
  • Tutor / Hon Registrar, University of Leeds, 2/87 - 3/89
  • Royal College of Physicians, London
  • British Association of Stroke Physicians (Executive 2013 - 2019)
  • British Geriatric Society
  • Society for Rehabilitation Research
  • Member of Neurological Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Special Interest Group, World Federation for Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Member of European Stroke Organisation Stroke Unit Certification Committee (2014-2016)
  • Member of the RCP Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party
  • Steering group member of the Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive (VISTA-Rehab).
  • NIHR Dissemination centre panel of experts committee.
Honours and Awards
  • NIHR Inaugural Senior Investigator
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow of Stroke Society of Australasia


Research Interests

Stroke patients and their carers should receive high quality evidence based services which are responsive to their changing and long term needs. My research interest is development and evaluation of stroke services and rehabilitation.

Current and Recent Research Roles

NIHR Health Technology Assessment - Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board 2010-2014

Current and Recent Research Grants

Electrical Bioimpedance Cerebral Spectroscopy detection of large vessel occlusion amongst patients with symptoms of acute stroke.

Principal investigators: Price C, Rodgers H, White P, Mitra D, Shaw L.

Funding: Medical Research Council £25,392

Date: 1.2.18 – 30.10.18

Study in novel neuro-muscular imaging for motor outcome in stroke.

Principal investigators: Mitra D, Blamire A, Price, C, Rodgers H.

Funding: NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (Project Funding) £119,649

Date: 1.7.18 – 30.6.21

Health Education North Clinical Academic Training Programme.

Applicant: Smith L.

Supervisor: Rodgers H.

Funding: Health Education North (held at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)

Date: 11.09.17 – 22.05.18

Development and clinical trial feasibility evaluation of auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait and physical activity in community dwelling stroke survivors

Principal investigators: Moore S, Rochester L, Price, C, Rodgers H, Shaw L, Godfrey A, Lord S, Lambert A.

Funding: The Stroke Association £207,511

Date: 1.8.16 - 31.7.19

NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship

Fellowship Candidate: Moore S.

Supervisors: Price C, Rodgers H, Rochester L, Trennell M.

Funding: NIHR £221,515

Date: 1.4.16 – 31.3.20

Treatment of poor grade subarachnoid haemorrhage (TOPSAT 2)

Principal investigators: White P, Gregson B, McColl E, Mitra D, Mitchel P, Krillos R, Byrne J. Brennan P, Jackson A, Mendelow D, Rodgers H.

Funding: NIHR EME £1,250,000

Date: 1.4.16 - 31.5.21

The Stroke Association Doctoral Training Fellowship

Applicant: McClelland G

Supervisors: Price C, Rodgers H.

Funding: The Stroke Association £105,000

Date: 1.9.15 – 31.8.18

Health Education North Clinical Academic Training Programme

Applicant: Aird L

Supervisor: Rodgers H

Funding: Health Education North (held at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)

Date: 02.15 – 06.15

Wrist-worn accelerometers with vibrating-alerts to prompt exercise after stroke (WAVES)

Prinicipal Investigators: Price C, Balaam M, Brittain K, Ploetz T, Rodgers H, Shaw L, van Wijck F.

Funding: The Stroke Association £209,994

Date: 1.5.15 - 31.3.18

Promoting Effective and Rapid Stroke Care

Principal investigators: Ford G, Price C, White P, McMeekin P, Vale L, Exley C, Flynn D, Rodgers H, Snooks H, Russell I, Tyrrell P, Fell P, Dodd P.

Funding: NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research £1,958,941

Date: 01.05.14 – 30.04.19

Why do stroke patients not receive the recommended amount of therapy?

Principal investigators: Clarke D, Forster A, Tyson S, Rodgers H, Drummond A, Palmer R.

Funding: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit £347,089

Date: 01.04.14 - 30.09.16

Princess Margaret Research Development Fellowship

Fellowship Candidate: Price C.

Funding: Stroke Association £153,509

Date: 1.9.13 – 31.8.16

RATULS: Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke

Principal investigators: Rodgers H, Aird L, Andole S, Cohen D, Dawson J, Eyre J, Finch T, Ford G, Hogg S, Howel D, Hughes N, Krebs H, Price C, Rochester L, Shaw L, Turner D, Ternent L, Vale L, Van Wijck F, Warburton E, Wilkes S.

Funding: NIHR HTA £3,094,000

Date: 1.1.14 - 30.9.18


A trial to evaluate an extended rehabilitation service for stroke patients (EXTRAS)

Principal Investigators: Rodgers H, Drummond A, Ford G, Forster A, Howel D, Laverty A, McKevitt C, McMeekin P, Price C, Shaw L, Cant R.

Funding: NIHR HTA £1,646,334

Date: 1.10.12 – 28.2.18


Understanding clinicians’ decisions to offer intravenous thrombolytic treatment to patients with acute ischaemic stroke: a discrete choice experiment

Principal Investigators: Thomson R, Lancsar E, Ternent L, Flynn D, Rodgers H, Price C, Ford G.

Funding: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme £241,345

Date: 1.6.13 – 31.5.15.

Limbs Alive – Monitoring of upper limb rehabilitation and recovery after stroke

Principal Investigators: Eyre J, Ford G, Rodgers H, Price C, Rochester L, Watson P, McGough S, Li F, Neill S, Troughton M, Gaukroger N.

Funding: Department of Health/Wellcome Trust Health Innovation Challenge Fund £1,618,833

Date: 1.1.12-31.12.14

Development and feasibility evaluation of a repetitive functional task practice (RFTP) programme for upper limb recovery early after stroke (RAFTAS)

Principal investigators: Rodgers H, Price C, Shaw L, van Wijck F, Watkins C, Forster A, Langhorne P.

Funding: Stroke Association £157,922

Date: 1.9.11 – 28.2.15

A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial – UK (AVERT)

Principal investigators: Langhorne P, Wu O, Ashburn A, Rodgers H, Bernhardt J.

Funding: Stroke Association £182,000; NIHR HTA £420,756

Date: 1.2.10 – 31.3.16

UK Stroke Research Network Coordinating Centre

Principal Investigators: Ford G, Buchan A, Bath P, Ford I, Jenkinson D, Lees K, Mant J, Rodgers H, Walker M.

Funding: NIHR £7,614,190

Date: 1.6.05 – 31.3.15