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West Midlands Stroke Research Network

West Midlands Local Stroke Research Network 

The West Midlands Stroke Research Network is one of eight local research networks funded by the Department of Health to facilitate the conduct of randomized prospective trials and other well-designed studies of stroke, including those for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The group is made up of doctors, nurses, therapists, lay persons with experience of stroke and researchers from the West Midlands.

Professor Francesco Cappuccio is the Lead of the Coventry & Warwickshire Hub and Deputy Clinical Lead of the West Midlands SRN.

The object of the network is to work together to facilitate the conduct of high quality clinical research and foster the integration of research into clinical practice to prevent strokes and to achieve better outcomes and thus improve quality of life for stroke patients and their families.

The West Midlands Stroke Research Network operates on three sites, with local staff and management structures. They are Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Coventry-Warwick.


The Coventry-Warwick Team is made of a Clinical Lead (Prof Franco Cappuccio), a Stroke Champion (Dr Pijush Ray), and Research Facilitators (Ms Irene Martin, Mrs Sheila Nyabadza). They are based in the Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing of the Warwick Medical School.

Supported Studies



  • Anderson CS, Robinson T, Lindley RI, Arima H, Lavados PM, Lee T-H, Broderick JP, Chen X, Chen G, Sharma VK, Kim JS, Thang NH, Cao Y, Parsons MW, Levi C, Huang Y, Olavarria VV, Demchuck AM, Bath PM, Donnan GA, Martins S, Pontes-Neto OM, Silva F, Ricci S, Roffe C, Pandian J, Billot L, Woodward M, Li Q, Wang X, Wang J, Chalmers J, for the ENCHANTED Investigators and Coordinators* (includes Cappuccio FP). Low-Dose versus Standard-Dose intravenous Alteplase in acute ischemic stroke. N Engl J Med 2016; 374:2313-23
  • Hunt BD & Cappuccio FP. Potassium intake and stroke risk: a review of the evidence and practical considerations for achieving a minimum target. Stroke 2014; 45: 1519-22

The Management Board
Franco Cappuccio - Co-Lead
Sissi Ispoglou - Co-Lead
Christine Roffe - Co-Lead
Sheila Nyabadza - Nurse
Irene Martin - Nurse
West Midlands Stroke Research Network Newsletters

Stroke Newsletter 1 April 2008

Stroke Newsletter 2 June 2008

Stroke Newsletter September 2008

Stroke Newsletter January 2009

Stroke Newsletter March_2009

Stroke Newsletter June 2009

Stroke Newsletter September 2009

Stroke Newsletter January 2010

Stroke Newsletter March 2010

Stroke Newsletter June 2010

Stroke Newsletter December 2010

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