Science Stroke Art 2014 launches in Manchester for Action on Stroke Month

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14 Apr 2014

The Stroke Association has teamed up with leading researchers from The University of Manchester, to run a series of innovative events in the city during Action on Stroke Month.

During May, Science Stroke Art 2014 aims to highlight stroke through the media of science and art. The programme of events will include interactive talks, music, theatre and live demonstrations, each designed to capture the public’s imagination and challenge misconceptions about the condition. 

The month kicks off with a launch event for stroke survivors, health practitioners and those with an interest in stroke, at Manchester Town Hall on 1 May. Hosted by Dr. Chris Steele, GP and This Morning’s resident doctor, the evening will mix music, poetry and visual art with short talks about stroke research and the latest in stroke treatment.  
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester and a world-renowned expert on stroke, will discuss the work of scientists at the University, while Professor Tony Rudd CBE, National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England, will debate the changing face of stroke medicine. 
They’ll be joined by poet Mike Garry, who will perform and discuss his personal experience of stroke, after his father had a stroke when Mike was just five years old. Stroke survivors Mark Ware MFA, Pieter Egriega and Andy McCann will also share their own stories of life after stroke. 
During the rest of May, cultural organisations, such as Contact, Manchester Museum and The John Rylands Library, will host interactive events to raise awareness of stroke. The public can visit events including a human library and story-telling session with stroke survivors at The John Rylands Library, a performance at the Contact Theatre by stroke survivor Peggy Shaw, and a pop up workshop at the Museum of Science & Industry, to help demonstrate the impact of stroke on the brain.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “The University is thrilled to be working with the Stroke Association on this series of events, which we hope will entertain and enlighten the public about a very serious condition. There are a wealth of connections between science and the arts, and as a scientist, I hope this series of events will help me and my fellow colleagues in the stroke community see the condition in a new light.” 
Chris Larkin, Regional Head of Operations from the Stroke Association said: “Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time but doesn’t get the attention or funding it deserves. Far too many people don’t understand it or think it’ll ever happen to them. Science Stroke Art 2014 aims to help overcome this challenge by raising awareness of stroke through an engaging programme of events, all taking place throughout Action on Stroke Month.”
During Action on Stroke Month, the Stroke Association will be raising awareness of TIA (or transient ischaemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke). A TIA is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. Just like a stroke, a TIA is a medical emergency.
For more information about Science Stroke Art 2014, visit For more information about stroke, call the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit


Notes for editors

For interview and photo opportunities please contact Vicki Wray at the Stroke Association on 0161 742 7478 or email Alternatively, contact Kath Paddison at The University of Manchester on 0161 275 2111 or email:
The Stroke Association
  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and we’re leading a community of people to change the world for people affected by stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at
The University of Manchester
  • The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, The University of Manchester is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated third in the UK in terms of ‘research power’. The University has an annual income of £807 million and is ranked 40th in the world and fifth in the UK for the quality of its teaching and impact of its research.
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