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Stroke Association awards funding for stroke thrombectomy collaboration

Posted on August 16th 2017
in Project update, Research Funding

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A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried out by researchers from PenCLAHRC with colleagues from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been awarded funding of £22,000 from the Stroke Association.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal (known as thrombectomy) can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within...

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Volunteers required for Singing with Aphasia study

Posted on August 2nd 2017
in Project update

Singing with Aphasia logo

A PenCLAHRC trial team are looking for volunteers to help study the benefits of singing groups for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree.

People with aphasia can struggle to speak and often make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds or putting words together incorrectly. They can also experience difficulty reading and writing.

Researchers are now seeking volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take...

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Professor Ken Stein showcases PenCLAHRC's stroke care projects

Posted on May 18th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Ken Stein showcases PenCLAHRC's stroke care projects

In support of National Stroke Awareness Month, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Ken Stein has shared his perspective on the collaboration’s work to improve stroke care in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in an article for South West regional newspaper Western Morning News.

Ken writes: 

"There are more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the country and almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability – at a cost to the NHS and social care of £1.7 billion a year in England alone.

The figures show that stroke is a vast...

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Partner in Focus - The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on May 5th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West. 

Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work carried out with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).

The RD&E has been our host organisation since 2014 but since our inception in 2008, we have worked together on projects that have resulted in real...

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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

Posted on November 29th 2016
in Project update

Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded a project grant from the Stroke Association to support pilot research aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of people who have aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language. They may also have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers. The charity Speakability estimates that there are currently 250,000 people living with aphasia in the UK.

As well as affecting speech and language, people with...

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Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Posted on November 29th 2016
in Project update

Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Research supported by PenCLAHRC’s Dr Martin James has the potential to benefit almost 10,000 UK stroke patients a year. The study, presented at the UK Stroke Forum Conference in Liverpool today, looks at a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within six hours of the onset...

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ReTrain project celebrating triple success

Posted on October 20th 2016
in Project update

ReTrain project celebrating triple success

The ReTrain project, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association, has been investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have had a stroke.  With the pilot trial nearing completion, the team are celebrating three key successes.

The team, led by Professor Sarah Dean, have had their protocol paper published in BMJ Open. The paper, outlining the trial processes, represents the first key output from this important pilot feasibility trial and is a significant step towards answering the original research question.

This question was raised by a stroke survivor taking part in the PenCLAHRC question generation process –...

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Working with music groups to improve recovery for people with aphasia

Posted on April 27th 2016
in Project update

Group of people singing and clapping

A team of health researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and the National Institute for Health Research are working with local music charity Plymouth Music Zone to bring together people who have communication problems caused by aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder, which is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language, but also can have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers.

Of the over 150,000 people who have a stroke each year, around a third (33%) will also...

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Computer models deliver stroke care boost to South West

Posted on February 4th 2016
in Project update

Computer models deliver stroke care boost to South West

People who have had a stroke in Devon are receiving faster and more effective treatment thanks to research that has used the latest advances in computer simulation.

The ground-breaking project has led to a dramatic increase in the number of patients receiving vital clot-busting treatment, and significantly reduced treatment times.

Researchers from PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, teamed up with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) to implement the study, which has highlighted the importance of speed when treating people with stroke.

For some patients whose stroke is due to a blood clot...

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Volunteers needed for stroke rehabilitation study

Posted on July 23rd 2015
in Project update

Volunteers needed for stroke rehabilitation study

A new research study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have suffered a stroke.  The training programme is called ReTrain, and the researchers are looking for volunteers in Devon to take part in the study.

Volunteers need to have suffered a stroke and been discharged for longer than one month following NHS stroke rehabilitation. They also need to have experienced difficulty managing stairs, slopes and uneven surfaces. The study is taking place at sites in Exeter and Newton Abbot.

The research study is supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association. ReTrain came about following an...

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