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About the Network

The NRS Stroke Research Network aims to expand stroke research in Scotland whilst ensuring it is of high quality, timely and better tailored to the needs of the people of Scotland.

The Network is funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and is steered by an Executive Group which represents four regional research committees: East Scotland, North East Scotland, South East of Scotland and West of Scotland. The Executive Group aims to include key stroke researchers in Scotland, plus representatives from the CSO, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland and Stroke Association.

The Network also works closely with colleagues from across other clinical areas such as Cardiovascular, Dementia and Neurodegenerative and Primary Care to deliver high-quality research.

What research does the Stroke Research Network support?

NRS SRN supports clinical trials and other well-designed studies that are feasible and fit the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) eligibility criteria. Our portfolio spans a broad range of high quality academic and commercial research activity covering all aspects of cerebrovascular disease including acute treatment, prevention and rehabilitation.

What we do:

  • Once approved by the coordinating centre team and clinical lead, we will register your study onto the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) portfolio database and ensure your participant accrual is uploaded onto the database in a timely manner
  • Help with site selection and offer assistance and guidance to help you through the approvals process
  • Our team of research nurses, embedded within NHS acute stroke units throughout Scotland, undertake research duties and activities associated with stroke and can assist and support researchers in the running of research projects.

National Aims: 

  • Raise awareness of stroke research and improve stroke care
  • Maintain and enhance the quality of stroke research
  • Improve the efficiency of stroke research
  • Improve research coordination
  • Improve the integration of research
  • Widen research participation.