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U of U Hospital Selected for NIH Stroke Research Program

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December 16, 2013

Salt Lake City — University of Utah Hospital has been named by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a member of the NIH Store Trials Network, of a network of regional stroke centers across the country that will try to revolutionize clinical stroke research. The hospital will work with nearby satellite facilities, it will have teams of researchers representing every medical specialty needed for stroke care and will address the three prongs of stroke research: prevention, treatment and recovery.

“The new system is intended to streamline stroke research by centralizing approval and review, lessening time and costs of clinical trials, and assembling a comprehensive data sharing system,” said Petra Kaufmann, associate director for clinical research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

NINDS, which will fund and manage the NIH Stroke Trials Network, or NIH StrokeNet, has a history of successful stroke clinical trials over the past 40 years, leading to advances in treatment and prevention of the disease, including the first treatment for acute stroke, announced in 1995.

University of Utah Hospital is one of 25 centers nationwide to be selected to participate in StrokeNet. Jennifer Majersik, director of the University of Utah Stroke Center, has been asked to serve on the NIH StrokeNet executive council.

“Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the United States and we desperately need therapies to reduce the incidence of stroke and to improve therapy,” Majersik said.

To be recognized, successful applicants demonstrated experience in stroke research and recruitment, including the ability to enroll underrepresented populations, and were required to offer access to the full cadre of specialties that are involved in stroke care. These include: emergency medicine, neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, vascular neurology, neurointensive care, neuroimaging, stroke rehabilitation and pediatric neurology.

As a StrokeNet Center, University of Utah Hospital will receive five-year funding, with $200,000 in research costs and $50,000 for training stroke clinical researchers per year over the first three years and additional funds driven by the completion of milestones.

NIH StrokeNet investigators, working with the broader stroke community, will propose, develop and conduct stroke protocols to be administered within the network and train the future generation of clinical researchers in stroke.

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