Research is vital to improving care for people with stroke and at risk of stroke, so forms a core priority for BASP and its membership.

Within BASP, our priorities to advance stroke research are:

  • To work in collaboration with other bodies to promote research in stroke, delivering more studies and more participants
  • To ensure more publicity of research recently published and in progress
  • Encourage more stroke physicians to recruit patients to research in the UK CRN portfolio, and encourage those who are involved to recruit more patients
  • Promote research along the whole stroke care pathway
  • Work with the NIHR CRN to provide a resource to industry to help plan commercial studies for the UK
  • Work with RCP and SSNAP to encourage a research metric and target – so all stroke services contribute to clinical research.
  • Work with Health Education England and equivalent bodies in devolved nations to encourage development of more academic clinical fellowship programs in stroke and secure the future of stroke academic positions in UK universities

Our research aims are supported by the work of the BASP SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE The BASP scientific committee undertakes the following activities: Input to the scientific programme of the annual UK Stroke Forum conference BASP is one of the coalition of over 30 organisations that comprise the UK Stroke Forum. The BASP scientific committee is represented by its chairperson on the programme committee that plans the annual UK Stroke Forum conference. Members of the committee help plan the topics and speakers proposed by BASP for sessions at the UK Stroke Forum conference.

Members of the committee also adjudicate the BASP Warlow Prize, which is presented to the best abstract presentation by a BASP member who is a medical trainee or consultant of three years standing at the UK Stroke Forum conference. The adjudication uses a scoring sheet that carries forward the score from the submitted abstract, together with additional scores on scientific content, scientific relevance, overall presentation, and the ability to handle questions. The winner of the BASP Warlow Prize is awarded a certificate and receives support to attend the annual conference of the European Stroke Conference  in order to present their prize-winning research.

BASP/NIHR writing group applications

Each year, the BASP and the NIHR CRN:Stroke jointly issue a call to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for writing groups to support portfolio development across the stroke pathway. A maximum of £2,000 per writing group is available, and The Stroke Association have kindly agreed to offer their premises across the United Kingdom to facilitate these writing group meetings. Usually up to two applications are funded, following peer review by representatives of the BASP scientific committee, NIHR CRN:Stroke National Specialty Group and other invited reviewers.

Joint conferences and sessions with other professional organisations

The BASP scientific committee helps to arrange occasional stand-alone meetings, or sessions at conferences, in collaboration with another professional organisation. Some recent examples include:

Joint meeting between the BASP and Association of British Neurologists, Stratford-upon-Avon, October 2014.

Session on thrombectomy for acute ischaemic stroke at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, Manchester, June 2016.