Faculty of Medical Sciences


Stroke Research Group

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 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:

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:

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.

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Staff List

Dr Anna Basu
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist


Dr Helen Bosomworth
Research Project Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6322

Clare Bowes
Project Support Secretary

Telephone: 0191 20 86779

Ruth Da Silva
Guest Status


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 Richard Francis
Research Associate

Telephone: 01912086322

Anne Harrison
Research Support Secretary

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3853

Professor David Howard
Research Professor

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7451

Hannah Lumley
Research Assistant

Telephone: 0191 208 5847

Email: g.mcclelland@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 6232

Dr Dipayan Mitra
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 0191 208 6548

Sarah Moore
NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist

Telephone: 0191 208 3837

Dr Julie Morris
Head of School

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6841

Dr Anne Oyewole
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5849

Professor Lynn Rochester
Professor of Human Movement Science and Director of Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1291

Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care

Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 86779

Dr Lisa Shaw
Principal Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 3826

Dr Louise Sutcliffe
Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 8209

Professor Richard Thomson
Strategic Research Adviser

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8760

Professor Luke Vale
Professor of Health Economics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5590

Professor Phil White
Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86238