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Physio takes up major research role

Allison Cooper, a former clinical specialist physiotherapist at Gwent Healthcare trust, has been appointed to a two-year all-Wales stroke research post, jointly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Stroke Association.

Based at Swansea University’s school of health science, Dr Cooper will be working to develop collaboration on stroke research between clinicians, academics, stroke survivors and carers.

Dr Cooper has specialised in neurological and stroke rehabilitation for more than 20 years and is currently chair of the Welsh Association of Physiotherapists in Stroke. She is particularly interested in increasing research into stroke rehabilitation and the involvement of therapists in that research.

She will work closely with the Stroke Research Interest Group in Wales, which is part of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network, as well as linking with other Welsh universities researching stroke.

Commenting on the new role, Welsh health minister Edwina Hart said: ‘I am under no illusion that stroke services must improve and Dr Cooper’s appointment is another positive step to help develop the support that we provide to individuals who have had a stroke and their families.’

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