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The charity has provided £126K of funding for one 3-year clinical research fellowship starting in January 2020.

Research into treatment and prevention

The Masonic Charitable Foundation awards research grants in recognition of the increasing need for improved treatments and prevention as our population ages.

Stroke and dementia are the two leading causes of neurological disability in the developed world and are the most costly in terms of health and social care. Reducing this burden requires more effective prevention, which is likely to be best achieved by studying both conditions in parallel.

The Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD) has published over 400 research papers since 2000, and received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2014 in recognition of impact on healthcare. It focuses mainly on clinical research with patients. By joining up NHS clinical care and research in the university we are able to provide answers to those questions that are of most immediate importance to patients, their families, and their clinicians.

CPSD is now housed in the new Wolfson Building on the John Radcliffe site, which provides the opportunity to expand research and to introduce new DPhil studentships. CPSD has an excellent track record of training research fellows, with over 30 successful DPhil or equivalent students over the last 15 years. DPhil projects usually involve one of CPSD's four main programmes to improve diagnosis, prognostication and targeting of treatment to prevent stroke and vascular dementia.