Oxford Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Research Group
Our group aims to achieve a better understanding of what happens in the brains of patients who have just had a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is a type of stroke.
Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) predominantly affects younger adults. The effects of SAH are truly devastating for the patients and their families. One third of patients don't leave hospital and of those that do, a further third never return to work. A further complication is that some people will develop a second stroke within days to weeks after the first haemorrhage, also called delayed cerebral ischaemia (DCI). At the moment, it is unclear why some patients develop DCI and others do not.
In our studies, we are using an unique combination of brain imaging (MRI and EEG), transcranial doppler, pharmacology and neuropsychological testing. These are accurate and non-invasive techniques with which we can track the immediate changes in brain processes after the initial haemorrhage. By enhancing our understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying SAH and DCI, we hope to improve diagnostics and the treatment of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage.
For Head2Head focus group led by Cat Lamb, please contact Head2Head@ouh.nhs.uk