Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs after a sudden disruption of blood supply to the brain. In most cases this occurs due to blockage of an artery, but in some the cause of stroke is a brain haemorrhage.
Our research aims to improve prevention, diagnosis & treatment of stroke via the use of imaging, to improve understanding of the different types of stroke. In addition to our own studies, we also work on many large multicentre clinical trials, including to perform central interpretation of brain imaging designed to test new or improved treatments for stroke.
We do detailed mechanistic studies using MR, CT, ultrasound, & retinal imaging, of the pathophysiology of stroke studies of its cost effectiveness of imaging studies in stroke, & studies of diagnostic accuracy & utility of imaging in different types of stroke.
Our SMARTIS (Systematic Management, Archiving & Reviewing of Trial Images Service) platform supports image interpretation for many large randomised controlled trials including IST-3, RIGHT-2, PRACTISE, ATTEST, PISTE, & many others.
Lead stroke researcher
If you would like to discuss undertaking stroke research & collaborating with us, please contact our business manager, who will arrange a meeting with our stroke research lead.
Research staff with stroke focus
- Prof Andrew Farrall
- Miss Caroline McHutchison
- Dr David Rodreiguez Gonzales
- Dr Dominic Job
- Ms Eleni Sakka
- Miss Ellen Backhouse
- Dr Fergus Doubal
- Dr Francesca Chappell
- Dr Gordon Blair
- Dr Grant Mair
- Prof Ian Marshall
- Iona Hamilton
- Mr Jeb Palmer
- Dr Karen Ferguson
- Dr Stewart Wiseman
- Miss Susana Munoz-Maniega
- Dr Tom Macgillivray
- Dr Vera Cvoro
Funding organisations & groups
The following organisations and groups are major funders of stroke research in Edinburgh. Their generosity supports all aspects of stroke research including the running of projects, the acquisition of imaging hardware, and the support and development of our research staff.
Organisations are listed alphabetically:
- British Heart Foundation
- Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
- Chief Scientist Office
- Dunhill Medical Trust
- EU Horizon 2020
- Medical Research Council
- Stroke Association
- Wellcome Trust
Relevant Edinburgh Imaging publications
22 Jul 19. Featured Paper. Lowering blood pressure after acute intracerebral haemorrhage: protocol for a systematic review & meta-analysis using individual patient data from randomised controlled trials participating in the Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke Collaboration (BASC).
04 Jul 19. Featured Paper. Effects of isosorbide mononitrate &/or cilostazol on hematological markers, platelet function, & hemodynamics in patients with lacunar ischaemic stroke: safety data from the Lacunar Intervention-1 (LACI-1) trial.
16 Apr 19. Featured Paper. The Meta VCI Map consortium for meta-analyses on strategic lesion locations for vascular cognitive impairment using lesion-symptom mapping: Design & multicenter pilot study.
- 21 Jun 18. Featured Paper. Special Report on SVD by recipient of the William M. Feinberg Award
- 17 May 18. Featured Paper. Artificial Intelligence improves stroke & dementia diagnosis in brain scans.