University of Leicester eBulletin

Major Funding for Stroke Research

June 2003
No 135

The University of Leicester’s Division of Medicine for the Elderly Professor John Potter and Senior Lecturer Tom Robinson have received funding of over £1.7 million for three national pioneering studies on blood pressure and stroke that are being co-ordinated at the University.

CHHIPS (Control of Hypotension and Hypertension Immediately Post Stroke), COSSACS (Continue Or Stop post Stroke Antihypertensive Collaborative Study) and a project looking at the prognostic significance of cardiac baroreceptor sensitivity following stroke have received the money principally from the NHS Health Technology Assessment. Further funding has come from the PPP Foundation and the Stroke Association.

CHHIPS is the biggest of the three projects in terms of funding and looks at methods of raising or lowering blood pressure immediately following stroke and the effects of these changes on various important parameters such as brain blood flow and prognosis.

Professor Potter and Senior Lecturer Dr Tom Robinson are running this pilot study in six centres round the UK in conjunction with the COSSAC Study, which is being conducted in 30 centres throughout Great Britain and Eire.

Professor Potter commented: “These three grants are a really big achievement for Leicester, no one else has got this degree of funding for a project like this. Stroke research is very active within the University and we are now leading the field in this area and the results will significantly alter the management of stroke patients world-wide”.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Professor John Potter, Division of Medicine for the Elderly, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 256 3365, email

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