2013 UK Preclinical Stroke Symposium

A one-day symposium to discuss the advantages and pitfalls of using experimental stroke models.

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Thursday 27th June 2013


Stamford Court, University of Leicester


This one-day symposium brought together UK researchers working in the field of experimental stroke in order to discuss the utility of such models and potential problems that researchers face when undertaking such research.  The overriding theme of the day was to highlight different experimental approaches used to model stroke and the various measures (e.g. behaviour, imaging) that are used for assessing outcome.

Research undertaken by disease models is often technically challenging and this symposium provided an opportunity to discuss 'best practice' in terms of surgical techniques and post-operative care of animals.  There was also an opportunity for PhD students and postdocs, via poster presentations, to discuss different approaches in order to troubleshoot problems they may be encountering.


 Full programme available here.

The clinical need for experimental stroke research (Professor Alastair Buchan) 

Approaches used to model stroke (Dr Hilary Carswell)

Importance of underlying risk factors (Dr Claire Gibson) 

 An improved method for analysing behavioural data from elderly animals after stroke,where some data are missing (Dr Lawrence Moon) 

Assessing behavioural function following experimental stroke (Dr Rebecca Trueman) 

The contribution of imaging techniques for assessing outcome (Professor Mhairi Macrae) 

The importance of inflammation (Professor Stuart Allan) 

Round table discussion: 'Best practice - surgical and post-operative care' chaired by Professor Dave Kendall 

Using in vitro models to inform in vivo research (Professor Bruno Frenguelli) 

The use of systematic reviews in experimental stroke research (Dr Emily Sena) 

Organising Committee

Dr Claire Gibson (University of Leicester), Dr Rebecca Trueman (University of Nottingham), Professor Dave Kendall (University of Nottingham), and Dr Hilary Carswell (University of Strathclyde)


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Contact Details

Dr Claire Gibson

School of Psychology

University of Leicester

University Road,





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