This year we’re asking our supporters to make a special gift to our General Medical Research Fund to support innovative research projects right here in Northern Ireland.
Medical research is the gift that enables thousands of people to live fuller, happier and longer lives.
But it is extremely expensive to fund.
In the last two years, NICHS has invested £774,000 into groundbreaking research for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of chest, heart and stroke conditions. But without the continued support of our compassionate supporters many of the research programmes we plan to support would be cancelled. The impact this would have on the lives of thousands of people here in Northern Ireland for generations to come is immeasurable.
When somebody suffers a stroke, often the most common after effects is the loss, or impairment of movement in their limbs. As you can imagine this has a hugely negative impact on their confidence, capability and independence. The research we’re funding will investigate how computer gaming technology can be used to provide a more effective and less costly means of improving upper arm movement in people who have suffered a stroke. The project is being carried out by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and will build upon existing research generated by the Movement Innovation Lab based at Queen’s PE Centre, Belfast. You can read more about this exciting project by clicking here.
Undoubtedly, research saves lives, rebuilds lives and extends lives. For some people like Lisa, a busy mum living in Belfast, who is still striving to cope with the after effects of a stroke, the results of this remarkable research project will come too late. But for thousands more people it could bring new hope for a faster and fuller recovery.