Prestigious fellowship for life-saving research

Posted by pt91 at Jul 25, 2017 12:50 PM |
Novel study will examine potential of breathing exercise for stroke survivors

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 July 2017

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A researcher from the University of Leicester has won a prestigious Fellowship grant in a novel area of research.

Dr Jatinder Minhas, of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University, received a Fellowship Grant for £211,471 from the Dunhill Medical Trust. This highly competitive award provides Dr Minhas with three years funding for a higher degree. The project is entitled “Feasibility of Improving Cerebral Autoregulation in Acute Intracerebral Haemorrhage – BREATHE-ICH Study”.

Dr Minhas said: “In the UK, 23,000 (15%) of the 150,000 people who suffer a stroke each year have bleeding in the brain, also referred to as acute intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH). Acute ICH has the highest mortality of all stroke subtypes, with half of sufferers dying within a year. Unfortunately, despite being the most devastating form of stroke, it remains the least treatable form with limited therapeutic options.”

Dr Minhas will investigate whether a simple breathing exercise in survivors of ICH is safe, feasible and effective in improving brain blood flow control. If successful, the researchers hope to take this simple bed-side intervention forward to design a larger definitive trial.

Dr Minhas is a Specialist Registrar in Geriatrics (Stroke) and NIHR ACF, in the Cerebral Haemodynamics in Ageing and Stroke Medicine (CHIASM) Cardiovascular Sciences Research Group.

His supervisors are Professor Thompson G Robinson, Head of Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Professor of Stroke Medicine & Professor Ronney B Panerai, Emeritus Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.  The Heads of Clinical Academic Training are Professor Matthew Bown and Professor Jonathan Barratt.

The Dunhill Medical Trust is a charity which supports innovation in the care of older people and research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing.  It welcomes high quality grant applications, particularly those within the following areas: care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care; and research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing.

The Dunhill Medical Trust is a grant-making charitable company limited by guarantee (company no. 7472301; charity no. 1140372).  It is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and a recognised charity partner of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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