New Stroke Research Network Created Nationwide

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) has created a nationwide system of stroke centers devoted to stroke prevention, treatment and recovery, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced.

The network, to be called the NIH Stroke Trials Network -- aka, NIH StrokeNet - will comprise 25 regional stroke centers across the country.

"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, M.D., the associate director for clinical research at NINDS.

NIH said the centers are "strategically placed in every region of the country." Those regional centers, in applying to be part of StrokeNet, "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," according to the NIH news announcement.

Each center will receive funding for five years, plus additional funding to train researchers during the program's first three years.

The University of Cincinnati will be the national clinical coordinating center.

For a list of the participating stroke centers, click HERE.

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