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Haris Stavroulakis

Haris Stavroulakis is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Dr Haris Stavroulakis is a Post-doctoral Research Associate and a member of the clinical research team in SITraN.

Haris studied for his BSc in Nursing in Athens, followed by an MSc in Health Promotion & Health Education in Edinburgh, and a PhD in Health Informatics in Sheffield. Motivated by a personal interest in neurological disorders and keen to pursue a career in academic clinical research, he joined the Department of Neuroscience in January 2010.

Haris was a co-investigator and the co-ordinator of ProGas, a large, multi-centre, prospective study on the practice of gastrostomy in MND, with the aim to identify the optimum gastrostomy timing and insertion method in terms of safety and clinical outcomes. His role in ProGas involved developing the study research material; obtaining ethical and research governance approvals; obtaining participant informed consent; data collection & analysis; interpretation of the results; and dissemination of the findings in national & international platforms, and academic journals. As part of ProGas Haris also carried out a qualitative interview study, which highlighted the factors that may influence decision-making in relation to gastrostomy timing and also explored the challenges and benefits of gastrostomy feeding from the perspective of patients, and their informal carers.  

Haris is currently working on a multi-centre international programme for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Care in Europe (ALS-CarE), with the aim to map and understand the patient journey over the course of MND and to develop an integrated system of care that is available to people with MND, and their informal cares, at the correct time, in the correct format and in a cost effective manner.

Haris is particularly interested in the development and implementation of clinical studies to optimise the symptomatic care of patients with MND, utilising both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Building on the outcomes of ProGas, he is currently involved within a multi-disciplinary team in the development of a web-based information resource to help patients, and their informal carers, to make informed decisions in relation to gastrostomy insertion and feeding. He is also involved in the development of a new research study (PostGas), as part of a wider research programme within SITraN led by Dr Christopher McDermott,  to understand the optimal nutritional management for patients with MND who are being enterally fed following a gastrostomy.

Key publications:

ProGas Study group. Gastrostomy in patients with amuotrophic lateral sclerosis (ProGas): a prospective cohort study. Lancet Neurol 2015;14(7):702-9.

Link to article:

Stavroulakis T, Baird WO, Baxter SK, Walsh T, Shaw PJ, McDermott CJ. The impact of gastrostomy in motor neurone disease: challenges and benefits from a patient and carer perpsective. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2016;6(1):52-9.

Link to article:

Stavroulakis T, Baird WO, Baxter SK, Walsh T, Shaw PJ, McDermott CJ. Factors influencing decision-making in relation to timing of gastrostomy insertion in patients with motor neurone disease. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2014;4(1):57-63.

Link to article:

Stavroulakis T, Walsh T, Shaw PJ, McDermott CJ. Gastrostomy use in motor neurone disease (MND): a review, meta-analysis and survey of current practice. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener 2013;14(2):96-104.

Link to article:

Stavroulakis T, McDermott CJ. Enteral feeding in neurological disorders. Pract Neurol  (In press).




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