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UTHealth named one of nation's NIH stroke network centers
Date:12/13/2013

HOUSTON (Dec. 13, 2013) The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been named one of 25 regional stroke centers by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the only one in Texas.

"That UTHealth is the only center with this designation in the state and region, speaks to our track record of delivering the highest quality care and our long-standing tradition of being one of the best stroke centers in the nation," said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president of UTHealth.

The network of 25 regional stroke centers working with nearby satellite facilities will span the country, have teams of researchers representing every medical specialty needed for stroke care and will address the three prongs of stroke research: prevention, treatment and recovery.

The UTHealth center's principal investigator is Sean I. Savitz, M.D., the Frank M. Yatsu, M.D., Chair in Neurology. Satellites include The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Tulane University School of Medicine with a plan to conduct stroke research throughout the Gulf area. More sites from throughout the southern regions of the country are expected to join.

"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 the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

NINDS, which will fund and manage the NIH Stroke Trials Network, or NIH StrokeNet, has a strong history of successful stroke clinical trials over the past 40 years, leading to some astonishing advances in treatment and prevention of the disease, including the first treatment for acute stroke, announced in 1995.

The 25 centers are strategically placed in every region of the country. Successful applicants demonstrated experience
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Contact: Deborah Lake
deborah.m.lake@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3304
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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