England’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a dedicated website to raise public awareness of research efforts in the field of stroke.

The website at www.FocusOnStroke.nihr.ac.uk joins the NIHR’s existing online showcases on dementia and diabetes research. It includes:

  • A searchable list of selected NIHR-funded studies in the area of stroke.
  •  Interviews with key researchers from the stroke-research community.
  • Resources for patients and carers about what it is like to live with stroke, what clinical trials are running in the field, and how to get involved in research activity.

Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in the UK and the leading single cause of severe disability. Some 152,000 strokes occur in the UK each year, according to The Stroke Association, and one in five of them are fatal. 

The NIHR funds eight Hyper-acute Stroke Research Centres. These are staffed by multidisciplinary teams providing out-of-hours cover, so that stroke patients can participate in research at any time of day.

Last year the Institute invested over £4.5 million in stroke research involving more than 12,000 patients.