2024 Event slides

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Plenary 1: Building the evidence for support for life after stroke


Building on the “A Life Saved is a Life Worth Living” report, this session presents current evidence and research about supporting people and their families to live well after a stroke. The session will also highlight key gaps in the evidence base and identify priorities for more funding, more lobbying and more evidence.

Grethe Lunde

Stroke Survivor, Norway

Amanda Farrin

Professor of Clinical Trials and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, University of Leeds

Associate Professor Margit Alt Murphy

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Plenary 2: Life after stroke - support in action


This session will focus on the different perspectives of what a good life after stroke’ looks like through discussion and presentations around different experiences and good practice from different countries. 

Perspectives from Europe

Videos from people with lived experience from around Europe: ‘After you left hospital what non-medical support did you find most helpful to help you live a good life after stroke?’

Dr Michael Brinkmeier

Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe, Germany

Mercé Ayesta

Fundacio Ictus, Catalonia

Katherine Staley

Stroke Association, United Kingdom

Plenary 3: A showcase of life after stroke support in Ireland


In this session, we will discuss how we developed a support service in Ireland to meet the unmet need of those affected by stroke, the challenges and opportunities we face, and we will share top tips on how to set this service up in your country.

Helen Gaynor

Irish Heart Foundation, Ireland

Fiona Bardon

Stroke Survivor, Ireland

Wendy Moynan

Tallaght University Hospital

Dr Aine Connolly

Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist St James Hospital, Dublin

What does a good life after stroke mean for you and what support did you need to make it happen?

Discussion session with a group of Irish stroke survivors.

Kieran O'Carroll

Stroke Survivor, Ireland

David Walpole

Stroke Survivor, Ireland

Clíodhna Ni Bhroin

Stroke Survivor, Ireland

Gerard Gill

Stroke survivor

Parallel Sessions

A disproportionate burden? Life after stroke in women

This session will discuss the specific and unique issues that women face after stroke. It will cover the historical lack of representation of women in stroke research before moving on to specific issues for women in relation to secondary prevention of stroke and managing life after stroke. The session will highlight the need for a greater understanding of the impact of biological sex and gender on clinical practice and research on life after stroke.

Dr Else Sandset

Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Professor Anita Arsovska

Universities Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia

Diana Wong Ramos

Stroke Survivor, Portugal AVC Stroke Organisation, Portugal 

Spasticity: What is it and how can we manage it?

To understand what spasticity is and the ways it can be managed.

Dr Iwona Sarzyńska-Długosz

Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology Warsaw, Poland

Dr Stephen Ashford

Kings College London, England

A vision for vision after stroke

To consider the impact of visual impairment and/or sight loss after stroke. The session will include talks from stroke survivors about their experiences of sight loss after a stroke and how they’ve coped with this and talks from researchers and support organisations working to develop ways to better assess and provide care for people who experience visual impairment or sight loss after a stroke.

Professor Helle Falkenberg

University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Dr Lauren Hepworth

University of Liverpool, England

Jeremy Johnston

Stroke Survivor, Northern Ireland

No decision about me without me – speaking together with one voice

In this session, we will address the challenges faced by those affected by stroke when treatment and support decisions are being made. We will hear from stroke survivors, aphasia trialists and those involved in advocacy. They will outline potential strategies and skills to foster successful communication to ensure that those affected by stroke are central their treatment and support decision making process. 

Advocacy in action and effective communication: Role play session between an allied health professional and stroke survivor – a good conversation and a bad conversation

Advocacy in action and effective communication: Reflection with the audience - How we advocate for stroke including practical examples of navigation health issues and lived experiences

Marianne Tangen

Stroke Survivor, Norway

Stacie Broek

Author, Speaker, Course Creator and Stroke Survivor, Switzerland

Chris Macey

Irish Hearth Foundation, Ireland

Dr Marina Charalambous

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Professor Hariklia Proios

University of Macedonia, Greece

Professor Katerina Hilari

City University of London, England

Highest scoring abstracts from research and service provision

The highest scoring scientific and service evaluation abstracts will be presented in this session.

Dr Helen Kelly

University of Cork, Ireland

Suzanne Smith-Bayley

March of Dimes, Canada

Associate Professor Margaret McGrath

University of Sydney/University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Mia von Euler

Orebro University, Sweden

Exploring mental health post-stroke

Following from the Life saved life worth living report launch in 2023, this session will focus on issues around mental health. The session will explore how these difficulties can affect stroke survivors and carers and will review what research tells us about post-stroke mental health difficulties. Practical tips on how to recognise and deal with mental health difficulties will be provided. The session will end with a discussion about what can be done better in post-stroke mental health.

Professor Niall Broomfield

University of East Anglia, England

Professor Maggie Lawrence

Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

My mental health and me (no slides)

Stacie Broek

Author, Speaker, Course Creator and Stroke Survivor, Switzerland

Secondary stroke prevention - managing blood pressure and the benefits of exercise

This session will focus on two important aspects in the prevention of further strokes – managing blood pressure and exercise. We will discuss the importance of controlling high blood pressure, how best it should be measured and managed both with and without medicines. We will also discuss the importance of exercise in healthy ageing and what exercise, in what quantity, makes a difference. There will be practical tips for stroke survivors, carers and professionals.

Dr Eamon Dolan

Connolly Hospital, Ireland 

Dr Noel McCaffrey

CEO, ExWell Medical