Professor Nick Ward
Plasticity and Recovery
Globally, the impact of stroke-related impairment is rising. In the UK alone, the economic burden of stroke is estimated at over £9 billion a year and so improving outcomes is an important clinical and scientific goal. In particular, recovery of upper limb function is unacceptably poor and a major contributor to reduced quality-of-life. Our aim is to provide the scientific basis for understanding how to radically improve upper limb recovery after stroke in humans.
We use structural and functional brain imaging, neurophysiology and behaviour to study how reorganisation of brain networks supports recovery of upper limb movement after stroke. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms of recovery so that we might predict both optimal treatments of upper limb impairment and long term outcomes after stroke.
The work is closely linked to the Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Programme. This clinical service is the first of its kind in the UK and offers intensive high dose upper limb neurorehabiltaion to patients who will benefit from all over England.
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Slides available from recent WardLab talks:
- NIHR Stroke Research Workshop in Cambridge -Stroke recovery - what is the future? - 11th September 2017
- 6th Northern Ireland Stroke Conference - Post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation – next steps - 13th June 2017
- COPA 2017 at the ExCeL - The Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Programme - 7th June 2017