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Taking part in stroke-related research can be a great way of using your own experiences to help improve the quality of life for people affected by stroke.

These studies are looking for volunteers.  If you are interested in finding out more, please make contact directly with the particular researcher using the details provided.

In all instances it will be necessary for researchers to show that their project has been granted ethical approval through the IRAS (Integrated Research Application System) process or similar and that informed consent will be obtained from participants prior to their taking part in the research.

Please note that Different Strokes neither recommends that members should take part nor endorses findings.

You can find much more information about Research and Clinical Trials on the NHS Choices website. You can also find a range of links to a variety of useful resources.

  • RESEARCH PROJECT DREX: Rehabilitation of Visual Function after Brain Injury and Stroke. - Description: DREX is a free-to-download app for sufferers of partial visual loss following brain injury and stroke to compensate for this loss. At present this project is looking more generally at the positives and negatives of rehabilitation following brain injury and stroke. This is an important project and we hope to take the findings to NHS England in order to change the way stroke and brain injury survivors are treated throughout their rehabilitation. Each participant will be entered into our prize draw to win a £25 Love2shop voucher.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Exploring the experiences of partners of younger stroke survivors:
    Are you a carer between the ages of 18 and 45 living in South Yorkshire, Leeds or Derbyshire? Are you in a relationship with the stroke survivor and have you been living together for at least a year before the stroke? Click here for details. 
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Motor Re-learning after Stroke:
    Investigating the re-learning of motor skills following a stroke and how motivation can influence it.
    Click here for details.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT -  Self-Management Support after Stroke: 
    If you are a stroke survivor or family member/friend living in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Greater London or Yorkshire, and you would be prepared to take part in a group discussion on self-management support.  Click here for details.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT – Visual Creative Arts After Stroke:
    Are you a stroke survivor who takes part in creative activities such as painting, pottery or textiles? If you would like to take part in a research project, please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - For Carers and Family Members of Stroke Survivors Experiencing Low Mood, Depression, Stress and Anxiety: examining the effectiveness of a new type of support.  Click here for details. 
  • RESEARCH STUDIES AT THE WELLCOME TRUST, UCL - The Wellcome Trust for Neuroimaging in London run an ongoing programme of research into stroke. If you would like to volunteer or find out more about these studies, please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Foot and ankle impairments in stroke patients and their associations with poor mobility and falls.  Please click here for details.
  • RESEARCH STUDY - To find out the experience of employers when a stroke surviving employee returns to work, with a view to helping design back to work programmes.  Click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH STUDY - Stress in parents of children with neuro developmental conditions for Cerebra. She needs as many parents and carers as possible to complete a questionnaire on the subject of ‘stress of caring for the disabled child’. If you would like to take part or would like further information please click here.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - How carers view stroke patients and how this may affect the types of care given. For more information, click here.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Have you had a stroke? Do you have trouble moving your arm? We are looking for people who have had a stroke to participate in research involving a home based rehabilitation programme of constraint induced movement therapy.  For more information, click here.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Wearing Splints After Stroke.  Do you wear a splint to help with tight muscles or stiffness?  Or have you worn a splint in the last year? If yes, we would like to talk to you about what it is like to wear a splint.  For more information, click here.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - Validation of the Activpal Accelerometer and an observational behavioural map on a Scottish stroke population.  For more information, click here
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - I would like to invite you to take part in this important research on self-management following a stroke.  - To participate in this study you will have had a stroke at least 3 months ago, be over 18 and living in the community. For more information, click here 
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Evaluation of Complimentary Medicine uses in the management of post-stroke pain. - I am starting the research element of my dissertation and require your help!  For more information, click here
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Volunteers needed for Stroke Study. - We use techniques called Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Electroencephalogram (EEG) for the study. The study may involve a single, or multiple sessions. For each session you would come to the John Radcliffe Hospital and you would be compensated for your time and for any travel expenses you would incur.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Stroke survivor volunteers required for short (10-15 min approx) online study - A new tablet/computer-based tool has been developed to assess mood in stroke patients with communication problems; the tool uses sliders to animate facial expressions between mood states.  The scales (Dynamic Visual Analogue Mood Scales - DVAMS) no need validating in a small sample of stroke survivors without significant aphasia. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT iPad-supported rehabilitation for stroke recovery - Have you experienced a stroke in the last five years? Have you lost some, but not all, movement in your upper arm/hand? Would you like to help evaluate a home-based rehabilitation therapy using an iPad?  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Visual Stress in Stroke Patients - Have you had problems with vision since your stroke? Maybe we can help!  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT - PHANSS-1: Physical Activity for Non-ambulatory Stroke Survivors  -  A research team at Glasgow Caledonian University are designing a physical activity programme for stroke survivors who are unable to walk independently, and want to know what you think of physical activity after stroke.  Please click here for more information.’
  • RESEARCH PROJECT The self-management VOICED study stands for Valued Outcomes of Importance ConsEnsus and Difference - Have you been affected by stroke? We would like you to participate in a national survey  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Masters Research Project - Return to Work After Stroke - What factors help, hinder, or influence the return to work process after having survived a stroke?  Please take a few minutes to help! click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Using prisms and brain stimulation to improve vision and attention - We are looking for volunteers between 18 and 85 who have suffered from a stroke or an injury to the right side of the brain. Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Helping people with aphasia have better converstations - This is a Stroke Assocation funded therapy project aiming to improve people with aphasia's everyday communication. Do you live around London, Eastbourne or Yeovil areas and have someone you talk to regularly?  If so please click here for more information or visit my blog page www.firleb.wordpress.com
  • RESEARCH PROJECT The Experiences of Long-term Carers of Stroke Survivors: A Qualitative Study. - We are looking for English speaking volunteers over 18 who have a minimum of 2 years provision of care for a stroke survivor who is a family member and has access to a telephone and an email account.  As a way of gratitude, each participant will be offered a £10 voucher.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT DREX study – Rehabilitation of partial visual field loss. -  Here at the Psychology Department, Durham University, we study how individuals with partial visual field loss can improve their reading, eye movements and visual awareness through compensatory training. We are currently investigating the effectiveness of our multi-platform Durham Reading and Exploration (DREX) training app, and we are looking for stroke survivors with partial visual field loss like hemianopia or quadrantanopia, aged 18 years and above, to take part in our clinical trial.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Do you have difficulty moving your hand? - We are looking for people to take part in a study to record patterns of brain activity while viewing manipulable objects. We already have data from young adults and if we can observe similar patterns in stroke survivors we may be able to suggest more effectual therapy. We use EEG which is an entirely non-invasive recording technique that does not hurt. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Exploring the long term impact of stroke and minor-stroke -  Researchers at the University of Birmingham are interested in the long term impact of mini-stroke and minor-stroke. To help design a research study, they want to hear about people’s experience of life after mini-stroke. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT SMILE study (Stroke - Making It Less Exhausting) - Are you a stroke survivor living at home in the East Midlands receiving help or support from a family member or friend a

    ged 11-25 years. They want to hear about people’s experience of life after stroke. You may be able to help with the SMILE study! Please click here for more information.

  • RESEARCH PROJECT Language and Life City University of London research into young people with language difficulties since birth and post stroke -  Calling all London-based, Young stroke survivors aged 18-35 for City, University of London research about how language can effect life in young adults. Please get in touch if you want to be part of this exciting project. You could help develop important services for young adults like you! Student Researchers are happy to present the project to your local stroke group and explain more about what you will be doing. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Caring For Those with Brain Injury: Investigating Sleep Disturbances and Fatigue -  Do you, or do you know anyone who cares for someone with brain injury? This includes all types of acquired and traumatic brain injury such as stroke. The study is a survey which would only take about 15 minutes. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT What you think about counselling? -  We are doing some research.  It is about stroke and counselling.  Research helps us learn.  We want to know what makes counselling work.  We would like to hear from you if:  You have had a stroke and our stroke affected your communication, you have had counselling and You would like to talk to us about your counselling.. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Stroke Laterality Study? -  We are conducting research into arm pain in stroke, and would appreciate YOUR help (you don’t need to have had a stroke to help.  Participation involves answering some questions and performing some interesting tasks online. It takes approximately 15-25 minutes to do, and can be done independently in the comfort of your own home. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Musical Instruments for Stroke Survivors -  I am working on a PhD project developing accessible musical instruments, working from the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. Before I begin my instrument designs, I would like to talk to potential end-users to gather valuable insights and context. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Managing your affected arm after stroke (MyARM) -  Did you have a stroke and your arm was severely affected? Or are you caring for a stroke survivor whose arm was severely affected? If yes, we would like to invite you to take part in our study.. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Stroke Upper Limb Rehabilitation Trials in NHS GGC -  We are running a number of upper limb rehabilitation trials for people with stroke.  We are based in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and are looking for inpatients and outpatients.  Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT ESSME Study: Experiences of Stroke Survivors with Managing Eating and Using Assistive Devices -  I am inspired by the challenges that people who have experienced a stroke have with eating. Would you like to see how your experiences and challenges of managingto eat after a stroke can benefit others? If you are interested in participating in this public and patient discussion please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Exploring Resilience in families affected by parental brain injury. - Do you, your spouse or partner have a brain injury (including stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage, ruptured AVM or cavernoma)? Do you have children between the ages of 8-18? If so, you might be able to take part in a family research study. Please click here for more information.
  • RESEARCH PROJECT Does your stroke affected arm or leg feel uncomfortably cold in the cooler months of the year? - Would you be interested in trying out some clothing with heatable sleeves and legs? Do you live within 30 miles of Bristol? If the answer is 'yes' to all these questions you may be interested in taking part in our research! Please click here for more information.

Please note, Different Strokes is not involved in these research projects, so please contact the researcher directly for information on any of these studies. 



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