New Inaugural Lecture Series at Keele, 2010/11

Posted on 30 September 2010

Professor Christine Roffe, Medicine at Keele University, will give the opening lecture in the University's programme of Inaugural Lectures for 2010/11, on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010, in the Westminster Theatre on the Keele University campus. The title of the lecture is “Stroke in Stoke and beyond”.

While Pneumonia was sometimes considered ‘the old man’s friend’, stroke is the older person’s nightmare. If not fatal, it is considered a guaranteed ticket to permanent institutionalization and total loss of self-determination. A lot has changed over the last 20 years. This lecture will show how the management of acute stroke has developed, and highlight how excellent clinical care and clinical research work together to improve outcome after stroke. Professor Roffe’s particular interest is hypoxia after stroke. It is a common clinical problem, and is associated with worse outcome. Routine oxygen supplementation could prevent hypoxia, and improve recovery. She will discuss prevalence, consequences, prevention, and treatment of post-stroke hypoxia and explore how it can be prevented, thus allowing better recovery.

Christine Roffe is a consultant physician with a special interest in Stroke at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Professor of Stroke Medicine at Keele University. She is the Clinical Lead for the West Midlands Local Stroke Research Network. She has published studies and reviews on the topic of post-stroke hypoxia and is the principal investigator of the Stroke Oxygen Study, a large multicentre study investigating the effect of oxygen supplementation on outcome after acute stroke. Other research interests include acute stroke therapies, stroke rehabilitation and ethics. In collaboration with researchers form the school of physiotherapy she looking at the effects of early use of electrical stimulation and Botulinum toxin on rehabilitation and functional outcome. As the North Staffordshire Stoke Lead, the Clinical Lead of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Heart and Stroke Network, and member of the Clinical Standards Committee of the British Association of Stroke Physicians she is involved in the planning organization of stroke services locally and nationally.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. Admission is free; no ticket is required.

The other lectures in the series are:
Tuesday, 26 October 2010, Professor Jonathan Healey, Applied Mathematics, "Instability: making waves”; Tuesday, 16 November 2010, Professor Val Wass, Medicine, “Globalisation: the educational challenges of human diversity”; Tuesday, 7 December 2010, Professor David Shepherd, Cultural Theory, “The Theory of Culture and the Culture of Theory"; Tuesday 18 January 2011, Professor Nadine Foster, Primary Care Health Sciences, “Challenges and Choices: Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care”; Tuesday, 22 February 2011, Professor Gordon Ferns, Medicine, "A fire that burns within: the impact of free radicals in health and disease"; Tuesday, 15 March 2011, Professor Clare Holdsworth, Social Geography, "’A degree isn’t enough anymore’: Student experiences and orientation to HE”; Tuesday, 10 May 2011 Professor Krysia Dziedzic, Primary Care Health Sciences, “Best evidence for best therapies in osteoarthritis”.