Amazing Brains: Thinking and memory after stroke

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Amazing Brains is an event where researchers can celebrate and share their progress in stroke research.

Our Amazing Brains research event was able to take place in person this year. This comes after two years of virtual events. It took place on the 19th of May 2022, at the Francis Crick Institute in London.

Our Chief Executive, Juliet Bouverie OBE, hosted with special guest Mark Charnock. Mark is best known for playing Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, a character who recently had a stroke. You can read more about this storyline and the reception of it in our March news roundup.

But back to Amazing Brains.

This year the focus was on the impact stroke can have on memory and thinking.

You can find out more about our keynote speakers below and watch their presentations below. If you'd like to read some of the questions and answers, you can find them on our main Amazing Brains page here.

Dr Terry Quinn

Dr Quinn is a Reader in Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer. He is also an Honorary Consultant Physician in Stroke at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

His research centres on how to measure complex ideas. This includes thinking and memory abilities. Measuring these means we can assess them more accurately. In both research and in clinical practice.

Professor Ade Adebajo

Professor Adebajo is a stroke survivor. He is also a Consultant in Rheumatology at the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, an Honorary Professor in Musculoskeletal Health Service Research at the University of Sheffield and a member of our Stroke Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) steering group.

He presented a very special talk on his experiences of stroke. He spoke about the importance of the steering group and the difference that research can make to rebuilding lives after stroke.

Professor Audrey Bowen

Professor Bowen researches neurological rehabilitation at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on improving services for people with neurological and psychological difficulties. This includes those experienced by stroke survivors.

You can also watch the keynote speeches from previous Amazing Brains events here. Or check out the two six-week virtual programmes held in 2020 for the online UK Stroke Assembly event that includes a session Rewiring the brain: New connections and recovery.

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