Stroke Research Group

The Stroke Research Group is a rapidly developing independent but collaborative group of researchers. Stroke research is a priority area for growth within the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences over the coming years; the group is host to an expanding portfolio of research.

The Stroke Research Group has is closely associated with the clinical stroke service at North Bristol Trust, which provides a comprehensive stroke service including interventional neuroradiology and thrombectomy, vascular surgery, neurosurgery and specialist stroke rehabilitation. The Stroke Research Group uses a range of techniques including:

  • MRI (e.g. fMRI, tractography)
  • Gaze tracking
  • Psychophysics
  • Gait tracking
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Cognitive testing
  • “Off-the- shelf” EEG.

There is also an intention to develop further research areas and techniques, including:

  • Mesenchymal stem cells for treatment of stroke
  • Genetics and cognition/rehabilitation (MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit)
  • MR spectroscopy
  • Gait lab with visual environment modulation
  • SPHERE project using technology for monitoring health in people’s homes


Group heads:

Dr Phil Clatworthy:

Professor Risto Kauppinen:


Stroke Research Group
University of Bristol
Level 1, Learning & Research
Southmead Hospital
Bristol, BS10 5NB

The group welcomes enquiries from prospective research students.

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