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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Professor Rothwell is President & Vice-Chancellor at The University of Manchester and currently oversees a research group of about 20 scientists, with significant external funding. She has recently been a member of the Royal Society Council, Vice President of the Royal Society, Chair of the Royal Society Education Committee, and is currently President of the Society of Biology and a non-executive director of AstraZeneca. In 2003 she won the prestigious Pfizer Research Prize, in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2005 was honoured with a DBE.  She was recently appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

Her current research focuses on the role of inflammation in brain disease and has identified the role of the cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) in diverse forms of brain injury. Her recent studies have begun to elucidate the mechanisms regulating IL-1 release and its action, and her group has conducted the first early clinical trial of an IL-1 inhibitor in stroke.

Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to schools and the public and contributes to television, radio and press, particularly on sensitive issues in science.

Professor Tony Rudd

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Tony Rudd is a stroke physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London. Since 1995 he has chaired the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party based at the Royal College of Physicians in London, which has been responsible for developing the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and running the National Sentinel Audit programme.

He chaired the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Acute Stroke and TIA published in July 2008. He is the National Clinical Director for Stroke and the London Stroke Clinical Director and is Vice Chairman of the Stroke Association. He has published extensively on stroke focussing particularly on the longer term outcomes after stroke and quality improvement. He was awarded a CBE for services to stroke medicine in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

Mike Garry

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Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. His groundbreaking work with young people in inner city Manchester won him awards from the National Literacy Trust.  Described by iconic designer Peter Saville as ‘a genius’, Mike’s work focuses on the city and its people, championing the underdog and finding beauty amongst the ugliness and triumph amongst tragedy.  He has performed his poetry since 1995 and has worked in Ireland, Hong Kong, throughout Europe and the UK and is currently supporting John Cooper Clarke on his UK tour and regularly supports bands like I am Kloot.

He performs in prisons, mental health units, children’s homes and is passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn’t normally reach. He was Poet in Residence at Kendal Calling and Strangeways Prison and his poems have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and read on TV and Radio. A regular contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast, Mikes new book is due for release in May 2014.

Pieter Egriega

Musician, songwriter, artist and small business director, Pieter Egriega, 56, had a stroke in June 2013. He lost the use of his right hand, arm and right leg. Pieter was formerly known in Manchester as Arthur Kadmon, when he performed as a guitarist with different New Wave bands, such as Manicured Noise, Ludus, The Distractions and The Fall.

After seeing how badly he was affected by the stroke, and thinking that he had to do something, he began to write short observations or snapshots about his stroke and recovery. Using his left hand to type, Pieter created Snapshots of a Stroke Survivor, made up of over 100 short story observations of his recovery.

Within six months the book was complete, forcing himself to use his right hand to produce a number sketches to appear in the book, which is to be published in print, as an e-book and an audio book. He also determined to revive his music career and is planning to release a CD of his songs arranged for a tango quintet later this summer.

Andy McCann

A Director of DNA Definitive, Andy is in demand from high performing individuals from many walks of life. These include some of the UK’s highest profile individuals from business, entertainment and international sports stars and coaches from across several sports. In addition, Andy sits on the Sport Wales Advisory Group and the Welsh Advisory Committee for the Stroke Association.

Previously an award winning teacher of physical education, Andy provides specialist consultancy support to UK Sport, SportsCoach UK, and is a visiting / associate lecturer at a number of universities in England and Wales. He supports several international teams and coaches across different sports in their preparation to compete at the very highest level including the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

His work has been described as ‘cutting edge’ (Daily Telegraph) and he is regularly featured in the national press and on TV and radio. Andy has an interest in the development of mental toughness and performance. An elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an internationally published nonfiction author, he has been a commissioned writer for a diverse range of publications. A popular conference speaker, Andy has spoken at various national business events; at the Royal Society of Medicine; and in collaboration with major sports performance brands. He is a co-founder of the acclaimed ‘Walking the Tightrope High Performance Symposium’, which brings together high performing practitioners and experts to knowledge share.

Mark Ware

Mark Ware studied Fine Art as an Undergraduate at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for which he received a 1st class (hons) degree. Following this he won a Fulbright-Hayes award to study for a Master of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. His Graduate show in Chicago received a James Nelson Travelling Scholarship award.

On returning to England, Mark successfully turned to commercial video production and photography, working on programmes ranging from corporate training to commercials. During 1996 Mark had a severe stroke, an event that suddenly and abruptly altered every aspect of his life. Following his stroke, Mark created a film titled, ‘The Dog that Barked like a Bird’ based around a diary he kept during his recovery.

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This work has been supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant ref 097820/Z/11/B]

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