Our research uses brain technologies to improve stroke diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Every 5 minutes, somebody in the UK has a stroke. There are currently 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK1.
Strokes are caused by either a blockage or a bleed in one of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to injury in part of the brain. The symptoms that a person will experience depend on what job the injured brain region was doing, such as difficulty with vision, moving, thinking or communication.
Our research uses brain technologies, such as MRI and safe brain stimulation techniques, to take pictures of the brain and measure brain activity after stroke to help understand what changes have occurred. Much of our research investigates how we can ‘re-train’ the brain after stroke, with the aim being able to help stroke survivors recover function that was lost due to the stroke.
Using brain technologies, our research aims to:
Using brain scans to look at what is going on in the brain when a stroke occurs and pinpoint opportunities for treatment.
Using brain scans and brain stimulation to look at what happens in the brain after stroke and help develop new treatments.
Investigating how therapies can aid rehabilitation from stroke and brain injury.
For more information please watch our MRI and Treating Stroke video, which describes some of the MRI methods we develop for stroke patients.
For more details on our research, please visit the ARNI blog about one of our research studies.
If you have had a type of stroke called a subarachnoid haemorrhage, please visit the Oxford Support Page for Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Patients.
General information about stroke is available from:
1Statistics are from the Stroke Association's "Stroke Statistics"