UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021

As part of the UCL World Stroke Day Forum, we produced four short documentaries featuring a number of UCL stroke researchers in the Faculty of Brain Sciences and representatives from stroke charities.

Discovery research


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It can take several years and significant funding to make small steps of progress in science. Yet studies that focus on the intricate details can lead to big changes in the long term. This short documentary, produced as part of UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021, explores how improving our understanding of basic processes, such as how thoughts turn into actions, can revolutionise rehabilitation and predict language recovery after stroke. 

Rehabilitation apps


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Research suggests that stroke survivors typically require 100 hours of Speech and Language Therapy to see a marked improvement in their recovery. Yet NHS therapy services are only able to provide a fraction of this, with the COVID-19 pandemic introducing further barriers by further barriers by limiting or removing access to in-person therapies. This short film, produced as part of UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021, explores some of the latest app-based rehabilitation tools designed to improve outcomes using technology. 

It’s never too late for recovery


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Stroke survivors can sometimes feel that once their NHS-prescribed rehabilitation is complete, their recovery reaches its endpoint. But researchers at UCL’s Queen Square and stroke charities across the UK are working to change this through new models of rehabilitation ranging from intensive in-person therapy to digital neurorehabilitation in the home. UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021 presented this short documentary, exploring how new reframing rehabilitation can help stroke survivors see improvements even years after a stroke.

How technological advancements boost recovery


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In the heart of UCL’s Queen Square, researchers are reimagining stroke recovery. While the COVID-19 pandemic has in many ways been difficult for stroke survivors, the past 18 months has accelerated the development of several new technologies designed to improve stroke care, treatment and rehabilitation. This short film was produced as part of UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021, and documents how these technological innovations in robotics have enabled a rapid response to public health crises.