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Publish Date: 05/05/00
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Broderick Named Chair of Neurology Department

Cincinnati--Joseph Broderick, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology. Broderick, professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and affiliated with UC for 13 years, is one of the leaders of the Cincinnati Stroke Team that works with collaborating hospitals in Greater Cincinnati to bring emergency neurology patients the fastest treatment possible. John Hutton, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine refers to Broderick as "one of the nation's leading researchers in stroke."

Broderick's National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research concerns genetic and environmental causes of stroke, stroke prevention, and particularly the treatment of acute stroke. For example, in a study published the June 10, 1999 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, Broderick and his colleagues found patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) within three hours after the onset of symptoms of acute ischemic stroke were at least 30 percent more likely to have minimal or no disability 12 months after the stroke than patients who received placebo treatment. The 1999 research study was a follow-up project to the 1995 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke study that showed the short-term benefits of t-PA in stroke treatment. These results led researchers to credit t-PA with reducing health care costs and improving the quality of life for patients.

Broderick is currently the principal investigator for a NIH study of stroke treatment beginning this summer in North America. Treatment in this study will combine t-PA administered through a vein with t-PA and mechanical disruption of the clot in the artery within the brain.

"Our goal for the UC Neurology department is to bring the very best neurological care and cutting-edge neuroscience research to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky," he says. Broderick, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is a cerebrovascular disease and stroke expert who practices at the Mayfield Aring Center. He graduated from the UC College of Medicine in 1982, and followed with a residency and fellowship in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He has been a member of the UC College of Medicine faculty since 1987.

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