6th UK Preclinical Stroke Symposium

6th UK Preclinical Stroke Symposium at Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh
September 4, 2023 to September 5, 2023


Join us for this  two-day symposium covering a range of topics including preclinical modelling of stroke and cerebrovascular disease, neurogliovascular function, neuroimaging, stroke immunology, vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia, stroke recovery/complications, and therapeutic approaches to stroke and vascular dementia.

The symposium will include a mix of invited and flash talks selected from abstracts (ECR focussed), presentations from funders/societies, a lived experience talk from a stroke survivor, and plenty discussion over food and drink…including a symposium dinner at Blonde restaurant!

Preliminary programme


1100 Arrival/registration 

1130 Session 1 

1130-1230          ECR flash talks (selected from abstracts)

1230-1300          Dr. Lorraine Work (University of Glasgow): “MicroRNAs and extracellular vesicles in stroke”

1300-1400          Lunch 

1400 Session 2  Imaging of cerebrovascular function and disease (Focussed local ECR session)

1400-1430          MR/PET: Dr. Audrey Chagnot (University of Edinburgh)

1430-1500          In vivo microscopy:  Dr Juraj Koudelka (University of Edinburgh)

1500-1530         Imaging mass cytometry and spatial approaches:  Dr Jack Barrington (University of Edinburgh)

1530-1600          Break 

1600 Session 3 Plenary Prof Anna Williams (University of Edinburgh): “Blood vessels are not just simply tubes in stroke diseases”                       

1700 Close day 1

1930                Symposium dinner Blonde Restaurant



0900 Session 4 

0900-1000          ECR flash talks (selected from abstracts)

1000-1030          Dr Zahraa Al-Ahmady (University of Nottingham): “Nanotechnology-Based Approaches for Stroke Treatment”

1030-1100          Break 

1100 Session 5                              

1100-1200          Funder presentations – Priorities, strategies, programmes

1200-1230          Lived experience talk: Douglas Horn

1230-1300         Open discussion

1300-1400          Lunch 

1400 Session 6

1400-1430          Dr Alessandra Granata (University of Cambridge): “Modelling small vessel disease in a dish

1430-1530          Plenary Prof Stuart Allan (University of Manchester): “The forgotten goal: developing new hyper-acute treatments for stroke”

1530                     Prizes and close of meeting


Registration and abstracts

Please register here:  https://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-medicine-and-veterinary-medicine/school-of-biomedical-sciences/school-of-biomedical-sciences/6th-annual-uk-preclinical-stroke-symposium

Registration includes the symposium dinner on evening of Monday 4th September (see below).

We invite abstract submissions for selection to give flash talks (ECRs will be prioritised in dedicated sessions). Please submit abstracts (300 words max, no figures, include confirmation of ECR status) to laura.mcculloch@ed.ac.uk by Fri 30th June 2023. ECR eligibility = MSc/PhD, postdoc, independent fellow or equivalent non-tenured staff <12y from PhD award.

All ECRs who submit an abstract will have their registration fee waived and ECRs selected for a flash talk will additionally receive a £250 bursary to help cover travel and accommodation costs, kindly enabled by the generous support of our sponsors.

Meeting location

Informatics Forum

10 Crichton Street

Edinburgh EH8 9AB


Nearby accommodation (less than 15 min walk to meeting venue)

Residence Inn by Marriott

Quartermile, 36 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh EH3 9GG

StayMetro ApartHotels

Simpson Loan, Edinburgh EH3 9GE

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

80 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DE

Premier Inn Edinburgh Central

82 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DG

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ

Symposium dinner

Mon 4th Sep 1930

Blonde Restaurant

71 St Leonard's St, Edinburgh EH8 9QR