Researching into sticky blood

The Louise Gergel Fellowship was set up to fund research into APS (Hughes Syndrome) or "sticky blood", and to raise public awareness of the disease.

0.5% of population suffer from Hughes Syndrome

500,000 to 1,000,000 British Adults have APS

More common than Leukaemia or Multiple Sclerosis  

1 In 5 young strokes due to Hughes syndrome

15% of miscarriages

The greatest advance in obstetrics - treating APS

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, MP, hosted an evening reception at number 11 Downing Street for the Louise Gergel Fellowship.  Anna Petrook and Professor Graham Hughes also addressed the audience which included many of the charity’s supporters and Dr Bertolaccini, the Louise Gergel research fellow.

At the 10th anniversary fund raising dinner, which raised £10,000, Dr Khamashta, head of research into Hughes Syndrome at St Thomas' Hostpital, made an eloquent speech about the condition.

British doctor is claiming that a test which costs just a few pounds, could prevent many miscarriages and save hundreds of lives.

Professor Graham Hughes, the man who discovered Hughes syndrome otherwise known as "sticky blood", is calling for more testing on the NHS.

Hughes Syndrome

Antiphospholipid Syndrome, otherwise known as Hughes Syndrome or "sticky blood" can cause a wide range of clinical problems including migraine, deep vein thrombosis , memory loss or heart attack.  It is thought to be a major contributory factor in :

One in 5 of all strokes in people under 40 

A quarter of all people with multiple miscarriages

20% of sufferers of DVTs ("economy class syndrome")

Although this illness is starting to be more widely recognised and many sufferers can now be treated, there has been little research into its cause or its occurrence in the wider population.  For more information on Hughes Syndrome click here.

The goal of the Louise Gergel Fellowship is to help finance research into Hughes Syndrome at St Thomas' Hospital in London, England.  We also aim to raise awareness of the disease.

Any help you can give us would be gratefully received.

Louise Gergel 

Louise Gergel died suddenly at the age of 32.  She had been diagnosed with Antiphiospholipid Syndrome.  In her short life she made a huge contribution to the community by giving much of herself to people in need and projects of communal welfare.  Her family wish to perpetuate her name, especially so that her son, Max, who was three when she died, may follow Louise's good example in his path through life.


The Louise Gergel Fellowship,

c/o APS Suport UK

(Formerly the Hughes Syndrome Foundation)

The Orchard

White Hart Lane


Hants RG21 4AF

Phone: 0300 323 9943 or 01256 423896


Charity Number: 1138116

The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. You should promptly seek professional medical care if you have any concern about your health.

Dr Jennifer Tamblyn

Awarded The 2020 Louise Gergel Prize of £5000, to fund her research into APS and recurrent miscarriage

Professor Hughes at 11 Downing Street explaining some of the main symptoms of Sticky blood and advances in treatment to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  July 21st 2011.

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September 2019

The Louise Gergel Fellowhsip grants a bursary to Dr Maria Efthymiou.

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2016 September LGF Prize awarded

The Louise Gergel Fellowship prize ($1500) was awarded to Cecile Marie Yelnik at the recent international conference on antiphospholipid syndrome. 

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