GCU hosts European stroke secondary prevention research network

26 November 2015

GCU hosts European stroke secondary prevention research network

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is bringing together a new collaborative network of European stroke secondary prevention researchers.

The group, meeting at GCU London next month, aims to develop an action plan for stroke research outcomes and measures and support collaborative bids for EU research funding.

Led by Dr Maggie Lawrence, Senior Research Fellow, and supported by Senior Lecturer Dr Elaine Duncan, researchers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden and Denmark will be joined by Dale Webb, Director of Research at the Stroke Association, and Mark Anderson, Director of GCU’s Europe Office.

As a Stroke Association Senior Research Training Fellow, Dr Lawrence has conducted systematic reviews to assess the effectiveness of behavioural secondary prevention interventions to prevent recurrent stroke; stroke survivor and family member perspectives of stroke interventions; and the effectiveness of structured, group-based self-management programmes with potential to help people with long-term conditions cope better with physical, psychological, or emotional distress.

Dr Lawrence said: “Conducting these reviews and communicating with some of the authors and trialists made me realise that there is considerable energy and enthusiasm for stroke secondary prevention work in Europe, and globally. In particular, in work that focuses on improving long-term outcomes by addressing the need for increased knowledge and awareness about stroke, and support for initiating and sustaining positive changes to lifestyle risk factor behaviours.”

“This made me think that there might be an interest in, and advantage to be gained, by us coming together as a group, to discuss issues of mutual interest.” 

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