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Stroke commonly affects cognition, and vascular dementia is driven by stroke disease in some way. This is a multi-funder study led by Joanna Wardlaw at the University of Edinburgh.

However, fundamental knowledge about risk factors is widely acknowledged to be missing, restricting mechanistic understanding, prevention, treatment, and patient services.

This study will recruit a wide range of patients with stroke to determine rates of, and risk factors for, cognitive and related impairments after stroke, to assess mechanisms and improve prediction models. Outputs will include reliable data on cognition long-term after stroke. Participants will be in follow-up and consented for re-contact, facilitating future clinical trials.

It is funded by Stroke Association, British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer's Society and Dementias Platform UK.