The Stroke Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which brings together clinical research expertise to provide high-quality stroke research studies in the NHS. This research is delivered through 15 Local Clinical Research Networks across England with a local lead for stroke research in each area. Our job is to ensure that stroke studies receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
The NIHR is the most integrated health research system in the world, and the largest national clinical research funder in Europe. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) supported more than 30 new studies in 2017/18 and recruited 18,037 patients to stroke studies.
The NIHR supports research studies through our funding programmes, training and support for health researchers, and through providing world-class research facilities. We also support dialogue between the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all, and facilitate the involvement of patients and the public to make research more effective.