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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Research Lecturer in in vivo Biology with particular interests in brain damage and repair. I registered as a Pharmacist in 1992 and obtained my PhD in 1996 at University of Glasgow during which I developed a deep interest in brain damage. I pursued my academic career in stroke research as a postdoctoral researcher and latterly a research fellow at the Wellcome Surgical Institute, University of Glasgow before joining SIPBS in 2007.

My research focuses on understanding mechanisms of brain damage and repair using two strategies namely inflammation and stem cells. I have particular interest in in vivo models of brain damage and current research programmes include understanding how to promote success of stem cells in vivo and the roles of inflammatory cells such as mast cells in stroke. We maintain strong national and international collaborative links with stroke clinicians and researchers, immunologists and Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry.  

I aim to generate student engagement and research aspirations in Pharmacy and Biomedical Science students and to promote opportunities in science in interdisciplinary areas. 

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UK consensus on pre-clinical vascular cognitive impairment functional outcomes assessment: questionnaire and workshop proceedings

McFall, A., Hietamies, T. M., Bernard, A., Aimable, M., Allan, S. M., Bath, P. M., Brezzo, G., Carare, R. O., Carswell, H. V., Clarkson, A. N., Currie, G., Farr, T. D., Fowler, J. H., Good, M., Hainsworth, A. H., Hall, C., Horsburgh, K., Kalaria, R., Kehoe, P., Lawrence, C. & 18 others, Macleod, M., McColl, B. W., McNeilly, A., Miller, A. A., Miners, S., Mok, V., O’Sullivan, M., Platt, B., Sena, E. S., Sharp, M., Strangeward, P., Szymkowiak, S., Touyz, R. M., Trueman, R. C., White, C., McCabe, C., Work, L. M. & Quinn, T. J., 1 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 40, 7, p. 1402-1414 13 p.

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    Characterisation of microglia's inflammatory response and investigation of the effect of mesenchymal stem cells-conditioned media

    Author: White, S., 20 Apr 2018

    Supervisor: Carswell, H. (Supervisor) & Plevin, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Self-assembling silk hydrogels as a mesenchymal stem cell support matrix for stroke

    Author: Ibrahim, O. A. S., 26 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Carswell, H. (Supervisor) & Seib, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism Congress 2021

    Hilary Carswell (Organiser)
    Jun 2021 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

    4th Preclinical Stroke Symposium, University of Manchester

    Hilary Carswell (Member of programme committee)
    24 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference