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Mr Ben Gaastra MA, MB BChir, MRCS

Clinical Research Fellow

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Ben Gaastra is a neurosurgical trainee and Clinical Research Fellow with a research interest in outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Ben Gaastra graduated in medicine from The University of Cambridge in 2013 and entered the Academic Foundation Programme in neurosciences. Mr Gaastra commenced neurosurgical training at University Hospital Southampton in 2015 and joined the University of Southampton initially as a visiting academic is 2016 and then as a Clinical Research Fellow in 2021.

He has been awarded research fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons, Society of British Neurological Surgeons, Barrow Foundation, Guarantors of Brain and Institute for Life Sciences, working with Professor Ian Galea, Professor Nicci Campbell and Mr Diederik Bulters.

He is a founding member of the Haemoglobin After InTracranial Haemorrhage (HATCH) consortium. His interest is outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) and has published in Nature Reviews Neurology, Neurology and Stroke. Mr Gaastra is currently leading a genome wide association study of outcome after aSAH.


BA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 2010
MB BChir, University of Cambridge 2013
MA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 2014
MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons 2016

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Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Affiliate research group

HATCH Consortium

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Mr Ben Gaastra
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD
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