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Emory, Grady Participate in National Stroke Endeavor

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Several local institutions are taking part in a network of 25 U.S. regional coordinating centers aiming to revolutionize stroke research. The centers are being funded by the National Institutes of Health and include one Georgia site.

Georgia StrokeNet is the only regional coordinating center in Georgia and is being funded by a five-year, $2 million grant. Those taking part in the collaboration include: Emory University’s School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center and other local partners. Emory neurology professor and Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center Director Dr. Michael Frankel will serve as Georgia StrokeNet’s principal investigator:

“The new StrokeNet will be a conduit for clinical trials for patients to participate in, so we can answer those key questions about what is the best way to prevent a stroke, what the right blood pressure to try to prevent a stroke, what is the right treatment for a patient who has an acute stroke.”

Frankel says research done at Georgia StrokeNet is important because strokes and stroke-related deaths are prevalent in Georgia and the Southeast. Ultimately, Frankel hopes the research will lead to more treatment options to reduce disability from stroke.