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Publish Date: 12/13/01
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Neurology Awarded Federal Grant for Stroke Registry

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 31, 2002.

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 among adults.

"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 assessment data.

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.

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