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Grant holder: Dr Dana Dawson and Prof Zofia Miedzybrodzka, University of Aberdeen
Amount Awarded: £24,950 over two years
Year: 2019 - Ongoing
Stress-Induced (Takotsubo) Cardiomyopathy (also known as broken heart syndrome) presents like a heart attack, and is triggered by an intense episode of stress which can have catastrophic consequences. Despite links...
Grant holder: Jen Alexander, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £149,995.49 over 3 years
Severe hand and arm weakness commonly causes disability after stroke. Many people can’t open their hand enough to carry out useful rehabilitation activities and this limits recovery. This fellowship will...
Grant holder: Dr. Mary Joan Macleod et al., Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £77,155 over two years
Year: 2016 - Ongoing
Patients who have a stroke are at risk of having a further stroke or coronary event. Medicines to prevent this are not always given, perhaps because of patient frailty or...
Grant holder: Professor Gillian Mead, et al., Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £89,296 over two years six months
Tiredness is common for people after a stroke. It stops people doing things they enjoy. The researchers have developed a ‘talking therapy’ – six meetings with a psychologist with two...
Grant holder: Professor Helen Colhoun and H. Looker, Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Dundee
Amount Awarded: £89,419 over 18 months
Year: 2015 - Ongoing
Type 1 diabetes causes increased heart disease and stroke (CVD) risk, but this is not equally the case in all patients. Some people develop heart disease or stroke at young...
Type: Chest, Heart
Grant holder: Dr. Gareth Clegg, University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £48,090 over 18 months.
Year: 2014 - Ongoing
Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) frontline paramedics need to be ready to face whatever medical emergencies may arise in the city of Edinburgh in all environments, day or night, and without...
Grant holder: Professor Terry Quinn, et al., University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £36,015 over 2 years
Year: 2017 - Finished
"The study will investigate what rehabilitation services are provided to stroke survivors in Scotland when they leave hospital and whether research evidence is being used to guide provision of healthcare....
Grant holder: Professor Naveed Sattar, et al., University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £73,064 over 18 months
Year: 2016 - Finished
In UK Biobank, a remarkable study of 500,000 people, blood tests might help detect early risk of heart attack and strokes, and other important diseases. The researchers will investigate to...
Type: Heart, Stroke
Grant holder: Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, et al., University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £89,909 over two years
Blood-thinning drugs like warfarin are very effective for preventing stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is not known whether blood-thinning drugs are...
Grant holder: Dr. Terry Quinn et al. University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £15,000 over one year
Physical and psychological problems are common after stroke. People with emotional, memory or physical problems after a stroke may have had problems prior to the stroke but these were never...
Grant holder: Dr. Jesse Dawson and Miss Jen Alexander, University and Glasgow / NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Amount Awarded: £10,659 over 6 months.
The SaeboGlove is a new rehabilitation aid for people with arm weakness. It is worn on the weak hand of a patient with weakness after stroke. It assists the hand...
Grant holder: Dr. Atul Anand and Dr. Nicholas Mills, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £118,544 over two years
Year: 2015 - Finished
Aortic stenosis, often causing chest pain and breathlessness, is a common narrowing of a heart valve, but there are complex issues surrounding how best to treat it. While valve replacement...
Grant holder: Dr. Lorna Paul, et al., University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £89,999 over three years
Stroke survivors are less physically active, leading to health problems and risk of further stroke. STARFISH is a mobile phone app where people, in groups of four, are represented by...
Grant holder: Dr. Matt Reed, et al., Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £23,056 over 21 months
Palpitations (noticeable pounding, fluttering or irregular heart beat) and pre-syncope (near blackout) are common Emergency Department problems sometimes due to abnormal cardiac rhythm. This is difficult to diagnose as examination...
Grant holder: Dr. James Dear, Dr. P. Henrikson and Dr. M. Bailey, University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £81,567 over one year
Currently, diagnosis of a heart attack requires a blood test taken 12 hours after the onset of chest pain. The researchers will investigate new markers found in the blood, microRNAs,...
Grant holder: Dr Andrew Kerr, et al., University of Strathclyde
Amount Awarded: £5,000
Year: 2015 - finished
For many stroke survivors standing up from sitting is problematic. Recovering this important movement depends on practice. This can be carried out at home, however, it is difficult to get...
Grant holder: Dr Mathew Reed, Professor Alasdair Gray, De Neil Grubb and Dr Chris Lang, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £4,950
Syncope (blackout) is a common Emergency Department (ED) problem but the diagnosis is not apparent in two third of patients. Serious outcome is 7% at one month and 15% at...
Grant holder: Dr William Whitely et al., University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian
Amount Awarded: £4,041
"Thrombolysis (‘clot-busting’) treatment for stroke leads to better recovery, but whether it reduces long-term risk of death or health care costs is uncertain. We could estimate the effect of thrombolysis...
Grant holder: Dr Myzoon Ali, Julie Duncan Miller, Alex Pollock and Professor Frederike van Wijck, Glasgow Caledonian University
Amount Awarded: £3,954
After Stroke, many people have problems using their arms. Researchers measure arm recovery in different ways. We do not know if these measures are relevant to people affected by stroke....
Grant holder: Dr. Terence Quinn, R. Fulton, M. Peters, M. Ali and K. Lees. Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Amount Awarded: £14,252 over one year
Year: 2014 - Finished
Questionnaires for measuring quality of life in stroke are available, for example the Stroke Impact Scale (SIS). To ensure that SIS captures all relevant details, it can take a long...
Grant holder: Dr. Steve Turner, G. Devereux, N. Tagiyeva and L. Aucott. Child Health, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
Amount Awarded: £59,965 over one year
The Aberdeen Schools Asthma Survey (ASA) are repeated surveys over the longest period anywhere in the UK, and among the longest anywhere around the world. The percentage of children with...
Grant holder: Professor Peter Langhorne, O. Wu, M. MacLeod, M. O’Donnell and M. Dennis. Academic Section of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Glasgow.
Amount Awarded: £47,758 over one year
Stroke services in Scotland have developed substantially over the last 20 years, and are undergoing continuous quality monitoring. However, the researchers do not have a clear idea of how Scottish...
Grant holder: Dr. Rebecca Woodfield, Western General Hospital
Amount Awarded: £85,014 over 18 months
My project will use data from the UK Biobank, a detailed study of 500,000 volunteers, to improve our understanding of the relationships between different measures of blood pressure (BP) and...
Grant holder: Professor Joanna Wardlaw, V. Cvoro, M. Dennis, S. Makin and I. Deary. University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital.
Amount Awarded: £75,815 over two years
Lacunar strokes are common, small, not usually fatal, but less well-studied than other types of stroke. Up to a third of these patients may have difficulty thinking, or even dementia,...
Grant holder: Ms Gail Carin-Levey, Queen Margaret University
Amount Awarded: £500
Year: 2014 - finished
Delirium (acute confusion) is a serious psychiatric complication following a stroke: patients who experience delirium are likely to stay in hospital for longer and deteriorate in physical and mental health....
Grant holder: Dr Andrew Kerr, et al., University of Strathclyde
Amount Awarded: £25,324
Very little is known about how much sit to stand practice occurs during stroke rehabilitation despite this movement being critical for independent living. This study will collect this information and...
Grant holder: Dr Srinivasa Katikireddi et al., MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Department of Public Health and Health Policy NHS Lothian
Amount Awarded: £2,136
E-cigarettes have become commonplace and are being aggressively marketed in Scotland, but their likely public health impact is disputed. On one hand, they may be less harmful than cigarettes but...
Grant holder: Dr Jonathan Malo, Dr Ken Lee and Dr Simon Walker, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £3,000
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common hereditary condition which affects approximately 1 in 500 people in the UK. It leads to unusually high levels of cholesterol in the blood and...
Grant holder: Dr Isobel Ford, Dr Nicola J Mutch and Dr Mary Joan MacLeod, University of Aberdeen
Amount Awarded: £4,980
Stoke is a major cause of death and disability in Scotland. Most are “ischaemic stokes”, in which a blood clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain. A clot dissolving...
Grant holder: Dr Anne Taylor Dr Nicola J Mutch and Dr Mary Joan MacLeod, University of Stirling
Amount Awarded: £4,413
This study aims to look at a stroke survivor’s experience of wearing a foot splint. It will focus particular on comfort, ease of putting on and off, ability to walk...
Grant holder: Dr Anne Rowat et al., Edinburgh Napier University – On Behalf of the Scottish Stroke Nurse Forum
Amount Awarded: £2,933
A huge amount of resources are put into stroke research and it is ethically and morally right that these resources are directed at what is agreed to be of greatest...
Grant holder: Dr Pallavi Bedi, University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £4,966
Bronchiectasis is a chronic disabling condition. Patients suffer daily cough, sputum production and recurrent chest infections. However, this remains an ‘orphan’ disease with limited research done. In bronchiectasis there is...
Grant holder: Professor Peter Langhorne, University of Glasgow
The last twenty years have seen dramatic changes in the way services are provided for stroke survivors including the widespread development of stroke units and supported discharge services. These developments...
Grant holder: Laorag Hunter, Amy Hanschell, Rolf Black, Christine Kingsley and Selina Hall, Royal Victoria Hospital and University of Dundee
Amount Awarded: £3338
"We will use our previous experience to: 1. Co-create prototypes of an on-line assessment tool and accessible workbooks for people with aphasia to independently learn iPad operation principles. 2. Trial...
Grant holder: Julian Camilleri-Brennan, University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £1168
Stroke can occur when debris from diseased and unstable regions of the carotid (neck) arteries breaks off and lodges in the brain. We aim to assess whether magnetic resonance imaging...
Grant holder: Dr Manjit Sidhu (Supervisor: Dr Adam Hill); Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £119,085 over two years
Year: 2013 - Finished
An obstructive lung disease, bronchiectasis is a common long-term condition caused by permanent damage to the airways. Patients suffer with recurrent cough, sputum production and frequent infections. Antibiotics can help...
Grant holder: Dr Richard Lyon, Drs Clarke and Clegg; Emergency Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £88,007 over three years
Surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), brought on by a heart attack, depends on high quality resuscitation before the patient reaches hospital. Such treatment is highly complex and requires specific...
Grant holder: Dr Graham Douglas, Professor Devereux, Drs Turner, Tagiyeva and Fielding; Chest Clinic, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Amount Awarded: £89,942 over two years
In what promises to be the longest-running research of its kind in the world, this Aberdeen-based team is examining evidence of whether children who have episodes of wheezing illness during...
Grant holder: Dr Scott Semple, Mr Vesey, Dr Mirsadraee, Miss Richards, Miss McBride, Mr Chalmers, Dr Dweck and Mr Gray; University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £50,722 over two years
Many heart attacks and strokes are caused by the common condition of atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. New ways of imaging this disease, using PET and MRI scanning, are...
Grant holder: Dr Catherine Bagot, Dr Tait, Mrs. Leishman and Dr McMahon; Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Amount Awarded: £31,560 over two years
Grant holder: Dr Paul Welsh, Dr Preiss, Professors Woodward, Chalmers and Sattar; Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow
Amount Awarded: £77,630 over two years
Cutting-edge technology is being harnessed to give a more detailed analysis of the chemical make-up of blood samples than has yet been possible. The research team has developed the ability...
Amount Awarded: £4,993
Year: 2013 - finished
Physical Activity is considered to be important to the recovery of health and independence following a stroke. Whether or not early supported discharge (ESD) has a positive or negative impact...
Grant holder: Dr Patricia Thomson, et al., University of Stirling
Evidence suggests that after an acute coronary event patients beliefs and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) can be impacted by their partners’ beliefs and behaviours. This study aims to assess...
Grant holder: Dr Gourab Choudhury, University of Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £4,725
This study will offer an insight into the pathogenesis of skeletal muscle wasting and dysfunction, an increasing problem in the aging COPD population. This could then be translated into studies...
Grant holder: Paul Forsyth, et al., Victoria Infirmary Glasgow
When patients with heart failure do not take their medicines as directed, they become sicker and die earlier. As is often the case, patients from deprived areas are more likely...
Grant holder: Pamela Kirkpatrick, Robert Gordon University
Amount Awarded: £4,712
In line with recommendations of the revised MRC guidance on complex interventions, this pilot represents the first step in informing the method and design of a main study; the principal...
Grant holder: Dr Alasdair Mort, University of Aberdeen
Amount Awarded: £4,967
In the Highlands of Scotland it can be difficult to get to patients who have had a stroke. It can also take much longer to take stroke patients to hospital....
Grant holder: Dr Chris Easton, University of the West of Scotland
This pilot project will explore whether two methods of increasing levels of nitric oxide in the body will enhance key markers of cardiovascular health. Specifically, we will investigate the acute...
One of the thousands of runners in the Virgin London Marathon earlier this year was Dr Matt Reed from Edinburgh. He was not only raising vital funds for us, nearly £3000 in total, but he is also one of our research partners from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. “I had always wanted to run the London Marathon and I was delighted to run and raise money for CHSS. The charity’s focus of chest, heart and stroke illness are conditions which I see every day of my working life and the work that CHSS do to improve the quality of life for people affected by these conditions is hugely important.”