Aber team in bid to boost stroke survivors’ recovery

Aber team in bid to boost stroke survivors’ recovery

A group of Aberystwyth scientist are working on a project to improve stroke patient’s recovery.

In a new study funded by the Stroke Implementation Group NHS Wales and Aberystwyth University, stroke survivors have the opportunity to participate in an intensive, exercise rehabilitation program specifically tailored to improve their walking ability. Researchers will employ artificial intelligence and wearable technology to monitor recovery over 12-week period.

The interdisciplinary project is being led by Dr Federico Villagra a lecturer in Exercise and Health Physiology at the University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), and Dr Otar Akanyeti, a Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science.

The research team is working in collaboration with Consultant Physician Dr Phil Jones and Lead Research Nurse Sarah Jones from the Stroke Unit at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth.   David Langford, the research associate and exercise physiologist for the project, said: “The programme will enhance peoples’ knowledge about exercise rehabilitation after stroke and provide a great opportunity to improve their overall health and well-being.”

We are looking for people who can walk without human assistance but who may use a stick or other walking aids to assist.  A stroke might have impacted on the way you walk due to a leg or foot impairment and this is how we may be able to help you.

If you feel that you might like to participate in the project then please contact Helen Tench or Sarah Jones research nurses at Bronglais Hospital on 01970 635 390 or Dr Villagra 01970 622108 for further information.

Pictured Left to right. Luke Lunn, Dr Federico Villagra, David Langford, Dylan Williams, Dr Phil Jones, Sarah Jones, Dr Otar Akanyeti and Arshad Sher

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