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Building Community Resilience and Enabling Independence

This theme will undertake research to support independent living, improved care for stroke survivors and coordinated multi-service care, particularly for older people.

Theme Lead

Professor Marion Walker MBE
Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham

Marion has held NIHR Senior Investigator status for two consecutive awards and is now an Emeritus Senior Investigator. She is the current Chair of the NIHR Senior Investigator awards panel. She successfully led the Stroke Rehabilitation Theme of Nottingham, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire CLAHRC.

Between 2015 and 2018, Marion also held the post of Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, leading the University’s submission for an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

From 2005 to 2015, Marion was the Associate Director (Rehabilitation and Portfolio Development) for the NIHR Stroke Research Network. During this period, she was instrumental to the development of rehabilitation studies moving from single status to multicentre studies each commanding £1-2 million funding awards. Marion was a trustee of the National Stroke Charity ‘The Stroke Association’ from 2009 to 2019 and has been instrumental in the development of the National Stroke Plan and the Stroke Action Plan for Europe.


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