MUSC receives $1.7M grant for stroke research

By Ashley Barker 
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 4, 2013

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Medical University of South Carolina to conduct multisite clinical trials focused on stroke prevention.

MUSC will serve as a Regional Coordinating Center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, according to a news release from the university.

The network, consisting of 25 medical centers, will focus on stroke prevention, emergency treatment and recovery by increasing efficiency and resource sharing within cerebrovascular clinic research.

It will be funded for five years, but officials anticipate the program continuing for at least a decade. The grant will only fund trial infrastructure. Additional institute funding over the next five years for each clinical trial will be close to $3 million, the release said.

Dr. Edward Jaunch, director of the MUSC Division of Emergency Medicine, is leading the S.C. Collaborative Alliance for Stroke Trials’ Regional Coordinating Center. He will also serve on the institute’s StrokeNet National Coordinating Center.

“A majority of important phase II and phase III stroke trials supported by the National Institutes of Health over the next five to 10 years will be performed in this network,” Jaunch said in a written statement. “It is a great opportunity for South Carolinians to participate in these studies, which will lead to future stroke therapies.”

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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