2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
7 January 2010
David Werring (Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, Stroke Research Group) has been awarded a £940,000 joint program grant from the Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation after a rigorous competition. The funding will support a 5-year program of stroke brain imaging and genetic research.
The team will try to find new ways to predict the risk of intracranial bleeding associated with blood thinning drugs (e.g. warfarin). These are commonly prescribed after stroke due to a blood clot from the heart caused by an abnormal rhythm (atrial fibrillation). New types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and testing for genetic factors that affect the fragility of brain blood vessels, will be developed.
David explains: “Although blood thinning (anticoagulant) drugs after ischaemic stroke due to atrial fibrillation are very effective, a small minority of patients are at risk of devastating brain haemorrhage. In some cases it is very hard to know the best thing to do – on the one hand there is a high risk of recurrent blood clots to the brain, on the other - a danger of bleeding. We want to identify those at highest risk of bleeding using special MRI techniques to detect microbleeds (tiny leaks from blood vessels that show up on brain scans as little black dots).
Microbleeds are now quite commonly found in our stroke patients, but we don’t yet know their full significance. In patients with a lot of microbleeds (especially near the brain surface), anticoagulant drugs might cause a life-threatening large haemorrhage. If this theory is correct, screening for microbleeds could help target the right anticoagulant treatment to the right patients, making them much safer to use.”
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