Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of
Neurology has been awarded a $1 million grant for the development of
prototypes for the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. The
prototype will be a model database for information collection,
procedure, and analysis of how acute stroke is treated. The grant,
awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides
total funding for the budget period from September 1, 2001 until August
UC was one of only four institutions in the country
chosen to develop a state-wide stroke registry. "These data will be
crucial for designing and establishing ongoing state and national acute
stroke registries," explained Joseph Broderick, MD, chair of the
department of neurology at UC and principal investigator for the study.
"Pilot data obtained from this registry will provide a baseline by
which future progress in acute stroke care can be measured." The pilot
data will also be important in efforts to effectively apply financial
resources toward future improvements.
"This project is the first
national attempt to see how acute stroke is managed in our country,"
Broderick said. "This is a starting point to see how we are doing and
what we need to do to improve." In the United States, stroke is the
leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death
"I am pleased that the neurology department at the
University of Cincinnati Medical Center has been awarded a grant for
the development of a prototype for the Paul Coverdell National Acute
Stroke Registry. This federal grant demonstrates that the UC Medical
Center continues to be recognized as a nationwide leader in the medical
research community," Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot said.
The UC Medical
Center will work closely with several groups and institutions in order
to develop this stroke registry. The neurology department will work
with the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team to develop
treatment protocol for the project. The Institute for Health Policy and
Health Services Research will collaborate to develop data management
and analysis protocol. Investigators from medical centers throughout
the state, including the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University and
the Ohio State University, will collect and record stroke care
In order to devise the most comprehensive stroke
registry possible, UC will also work in cooperation with researchers
from the other three state stroke registry projects (Michigan, Georgia,
and Massachusetts), the CDC, as well as representatives from the ETHOS
Stroke Registry, a stroke registry developed by the private
organization, The Stroke Group.
The focus of the grant program,
named in honor of U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia who died of a
stroke in July 2000, is on acute stroke care. This includes all
processes from the onset of symptoms and signs, through referral, to
rehabilitation services for surviving cases. Aspects of this process
may include transport to the hospital emergency department, diagnosis,
evaluation, use of thrombolytic therapy when indicated by diagnosis and
timeliness of services.
"I am delighted that the University of
Cincinnati Department of Neurology and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern
Kentucky Stroke Team was successful in obtaining the Paul Coverdell
Acute Stroke Registry grant. The information this registry will provide
is vital for the changes needed to reach our common goal of improving
stroke treatment and improved outcomes for the people of Ohio and other
states," Bob Taft, Governor of Ohio said.
Training of personnel
for the Ohio registry will begin in January and study work will be
performed during 2002. There will be approximately 40 representatives
from the institutes participating across the state, three
statisticians, two database representatives, 20 members of a stroke
advisory committee and members of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern
Kentucky Stroke Team involved in the project.