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    New date announced for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    19th August 2016

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has announced the next launch date for the next Massive Open Online Course, which will run on 7 November 2016 for the third time since it was developed in 2015.

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    The Nursing Times features innovative recruitment model created by NIHR nursing team

    15th July 2016

    Written by the 2015 winners of the Clinical Research Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards, based at the NIHR Cambridge BioResource, the article highlights a novel recruitment model with a focus on volunteer recruitment including strategies for engagement and retention of recruitment to research studies.

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    New case study: Engaging global communities in research learning

    12th July 2016

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively new way to learn. They make learning accessible and engaging to people all over the world. This case study looks at how the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has utilised this pioneering delivery model to bring clinical research learning to more than 12,000 people across the globe.

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About Stroke Research

Clinical research into stroke takes place at every stage along the stroke patient pathway from prevention, to treatment and rehabilitation. Clinical studies also take place in diverse settings from specialist hospital units, to community rehabilitation centres and in patient’s homes.

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Charities and support groups

  • The Stroke Association: a national charity providing support, advice and information to people who’ve had strokes, their family, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • Different Strokes: support for younger stroke survivors
  • Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors: raising awareness of stroke in children caused by sickle cell anaemia
  • Connect - the communication disability network: a charity for people living with aphasia
  • UK Stroke Forum: a coalition of 32 organisations committed to improving stroke care in the UK
  • Speakability: a national charity supporting and empowering people with Aphasia, and their carers.
  • Interact Reading Service: UK charity supporting stroke recovery through a live and interactive reading service

Medical and emergency advice

These websites can provide medical information and advice about stroke:

  • NHS Choices: Useful medical information for lay people

 Devolved nations and international stroke networks

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Patient, Carer and Public Involvement

Patients and carers have a vital role to play in increasing knowledge about the causes, treatment and consequences of stroke from prevention through to diagnosis, acute care and rehabilitation. We are committed to involving patients and carers at all levels of the organisation and within all levels of the research process.

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Enabling people with aphasia to participate in research: resources for stroke researchers

One third of patients have communication problems after a stroke, this is known as aphasia. People who have aphasia are often excluded from participating in research studies due to the difficulties of recruiting patients into studies with this condition.

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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Art in the frame for stroke rehabilitation study

    HeART of Stroke study trials the use of an arts approach to stroke rehabilitation in the Eastern region.

  • Four Ps of Research and the Visibility project

    The Four Ps of Research is an approach to care and research for stroke patients adopted by the stroke research team at CRN: Yorkshire and Humber.

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Key contacts

  • Clinical Research Specialty Lead Stroke

    Dr Sissi Ispoglou


  • General enquiries


    T: 00 44+ (0)191 241 8983

    F: 00 44+ (0)191 241 8666


  • Patient, carer and public enquiries

    T: 00 44+ (0)191 241 8989


  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


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