Neuroimaging and Pathophysiology of Stroke

  • 23 hours
  • 4 days
  • 30 October 2019


On this four-day course for healthcare professionals you'll learn about the basic science and imaging related to stroke medicine.

You'll learn about neuroanatomy, pathophysiology and neuroimaging of stroke

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.

Course content

You'll learn about:

  • cerebral anatomy and the dynamics of blood flow through the cerebral circulation
  • the pathophysiology of stroke, including cellular mechanisms, formation of atheromatous plaque and thrombus and evolution of intracerebral haemorrhage
  • methods of quantifying the impact of the stroke – from penumbral and core infarct size through to methods of imaging recovery from stroke

Lecture topics will include:

  • Cerebral anatomy
  • Imaging stroke recovery
  • Ischaemic stroke
  • Haemorrhagic stroke
  • Introduction to imaging for stroke

Who this course is for

This course is for healthcare professionals involved in stroke medicine, including:

  • doctors (all grades)
  • nurses
  • therapists
  • psychologists
  • scientists

You should have an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Teaching and structure

Lectures, followed by a tutorial, take place once a week on Wednesdays (from 30 October to 20 November 2019).

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes 
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits which can be used towards a postgraduate qualification at UCL if you enrol within five years

You can find out more about the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Stroke Medicine courses, including entry requirements, on the Institute of Neurology's website.

You can also take the first day of this course as a stand alone course, Advanced Stroke Neuroimaging.

Assessment and certificates

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you complete the course. 

The short course isn't assessed. If you're taking the course as a taster module you'll need to complete one assessment – a short answer paper.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the unique characteristics of the cerebral circulation (circle of willis, blood brain barrier)
  • list mechanisms of neuroprotection and possible applications of this in the form of treatments
  • describe changes seen on MRI in the evolution of an infarct, intracerebral haemorrhage
  • describe the pathophysiology of stroke on a cellular level
  • evaluate the use of imaging in monitoring stroke recovery 


The fees are:

  • £750 - short course 
  • £950 - taster module 

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Course team

Professor David Werring

David is Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCLH and The National Hospital, Queen Square. He runs a specialist outpatient service for patients with cerebral small vessel disease and a one-stop intracranial haemorrhage clinic at Queen Square with same-day neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, specialist nurse and consultant opinions.

Dr Sumanjit Gill

Sumanjit is a Consultant Stroke Physician and Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Neurology. She developed the Stroke MSc course and is now the course co-director. She's on the faculty of the IMPACT course as both a teacher and curriculum developer. Her clinical work in Stroke services involves the whole patient journey, from acute care through to the recovery phase.

Dr Robert Simister

Robert is Clinical Director Stroke Services at UCLH and North Central London Stroke Operational Network Clinical Lead. He's dual accredited in Neurology and Stroke Medicine and has been a consultant since 2008. He has led the UCLH Comprehensive Stroke Service since 2012 and runs a specialist outpatient service for patients with stroke secondary to large vessel disease.

Course information last modified: 03 Apr 2019, 13:11