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MUSC awarded $1.7 M for stroke hub
Contact: Tony Ciuffo
CHARLESTON – A group of stroke researchers, clinicians, and health care professionals at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a Regional Coordinating Center (RCC) for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke “NIH StrokeNet.”
The network’s purpose is to further develop, promote and conduct high-quality, multi-site clinical trials focused on stroke prevention, emergency treatment and recovery. Although stroke recently dropped to the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., it is still particularly prevalent in the “stroke belt” states in the South. Nationally, the 25 leading medical centers in this network aim to increase efficiency and resource sharing within cerebrovascular clinical research to further combat stroke mortality. Essentially, MUSC and other participating centers will streamline access to innovative stroke treatment and prevention information through the clinical trials network.
The South Carolina Collaborative Alliance for Stroke Trials (SC-CoAST) Regional Coordinating Center is led by Edward Jauch, M.D., MUSC Division of Emergency Medicine director and associate vice chair of research in the Department of Medicine. SC-CoAST includes leading investigators at MUSC, the University of South Carolina-Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System. These three comprehensive stroke centers in South Carolina, all with robust telemedicine systems, provide the highest level of stroke care to both urban and rural populations throughout the state. It’s this established network that allows SC-CoAST to provide clinical trial participation opportunities for many South Carolinians.
"A majority of important phase II and phase III stroke trials supported by the National Institutes of Health over the next 5-10 years will be performed in this network," Jauch said, who will also serve on the NIH StrokeNet National Coordinating Center steering committee. "It is a great opportunity for South Carolinians to participate in these studies which will lead to future stroke therapies.
"This network is currently funded for five years but it is anticipated that the program will continue for at least a decade," Jauch said. "Current funding is only for the trial infrastructure, so additional NIH support will accompany each clinical trial conducted by the network, making the total award for the next five years close to $3 million. Most importantly it means better health and care for stroke patients in South Carolina."
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