Stroke survivors to share stories at Nottingham conference

13 Jul 2016 12:52:13.113


Stroke survivors from all over the UK will be gathering at The University of Nottingham next week to hear first hand about the latest research into diagnosis and treatment of the condition. 

Every year in the UK, over 150,000 people suffer a stroke. Of the 150,000, one third make a reasonable recovery, one third remain seriously disabled and, sadly, one third will die. One in six people will suffer a stroke at some point in their life. Stroke is more common in older people but in a quarter of cases it affects babies, young people and adults in the prime of life. 

The Nottingham Stroke Network, run by the University and the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, carries out extensive research and clinical trials dedicated to reducing the impact of stroke. It works closely with a group of stroke survivors, the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group, who help to guide and inform research and take part in studies themselves. 

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The annual ‘Stroke Lay Conference’ is taking place at the National College for Teaching and Leadership on the University’s Jubilee Campus in Nottingham on Monday 18th July from 10am to 3.30pm. 

Group member and stroke survivor Martin Coult said: “Our conference is an ideal opportunity for people who are affected by stroke and their families and carers to gather to find out in detail what research is going on at Nottingham and to share their experiences. It is a ruthless and indiscriminate health problem for which there is no cure at present, but research is vital in trying to improve its diagnosis and treatment. We would encourage anyone who has suffered a stroke or carers affected by stroke to come to the conference, which is free to attend.” 

Associate Professor of Stroke Medicine at The University of Nottingham, Nikola Sprigg, said: “Stroke is a life changing event which can affect people of all ages but its prevention and treatment is improving all the time. We are currently looking not only at improved drug treatments and faster diagnosis techniques but also device treatment using technical procedures to suck blood clots out of the brain, for example. We as researchers rely heavily on the involvement of patients in clinical research to drive stroke medicine forward so this conference is a vitally useful platform for us to communicate our latest research and to learn from all the people who attend who have had a stroke, and their families.”

Further details and registration is available online at or contact Helen Taylor on 0115 823 0246 or email

More information on the latest clinical research into stroke and stroke rehabilitation being carried out at The University of Nottingham can be found here.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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More information is available from Helen Taylor in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 024, or email

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