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What we do

The fund supports a range of neurological conditions in the Midlands. Further details of how we support researchers, clinicians and patients is described in detail below.

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Our research

The range of neurological conditions researched is vast and included stroke, head injury, dementia, brain tumours, spinal tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease and a variety of disorders producing chronic pain, such as neuralgia and migraine.

Projects are identified by respected medical staff and expert researchers who are involved in the care of patients. The conditions that they see are often experienced by millions of people across the world and the potential treatments could be life-changing for them and their families.

We support this research, building upon the specialisms in the locality, building the knowledge base and opportunities for medics to create excellence in treatment.

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How funds are spent

Funds are spent in an efficient way to deliver results, supporting pilot studies and innovation that lead to major impacts in patient care and treatment. Get involved and your donation will make a real difference to the innovative way people can be treated when dealing with complex and challenging illnesses. Click the button below to find out how.


“Stroke is a global public health issue, the leading cause of disability in the UK. A stroke can be caused by either a clot or a bleed in the blood vessels of the brain. When a stroke is caused by a block in a large vessel it is known as LVO (Large Vessel Occlusion). This pilot study considers whether saliva sampling can be used to identify individuals with LVO rapidly at the bedside. The output will provide information for a larger study which could lead to earlier identification of patients for clot retrieval surgery”.

Dr Lauren McCluskey

Examining Small Molecules in Spinal Fluid and Understanding their Role in Severe Headaches

“My research has been looking at the links between weight and Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Despite the condition being described over 100 years ago, the underlying causes of IIH remain unknown. This vital research, using state- of-the-art metabolomics discovery techniques, will enable greater understanding of IIH and enhance the prospects for developing new and improved treatments in a disease area greatly in need of advances as the world obesity epidemic grows”.

Dr Christian Ludwig, Researcher University of Birmingham

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The Midland Neuroscience Teaching and Research Fund
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
01604 211074

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