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COVID-19 information

Some stroke research has been paused during the pandemic.

A stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood flow to the brain. It is a serious medical condition because without blood flow the brain is deprived of oxygen and this can lead to irreversible brain damage and even death.

There are three main types of stroke:

  1. Ischaemic – the most common stroke, which is caused by a blood clot that obstructs blood flow to the brain
  2. Haemorrhagic – a stroke in which a blood vessel bursts
  3. Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – a small stroke where the symptoms resolve as blood flow is restored on its own

Common conditions and trial topics

Stroke research is being done on a variety of topics. Some of those topics look at finding new and improved treatments for stroke, investigating timings of current treatments as well as research to improve the lives of stroke rehabilitation.

UHB has a particular focus on research into treatments in the first 24 hours after a stroke and is designated as a Hyper-acute Stroke Research Centre (HSRC).

Contact information

The team leads for stroke research are Mark Willmot and Michelle Bates.

Last reviewed: 27 April 2021