Stroke Research & Clinical Trials
The NINDS conducts stroke research and clinical trials at its laboratories and clinics at the NIH, and through grants to major medical institutions across the country.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts stroke research and clinical trials at its laboratories and clinics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and through grants to major medical institutions across the country.
With an eye toward prevention, NINDS researchers are studying the mechanisms of known stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, and searching for harder-to-detect risk factors, such as genetic variations. They are investigating new ways to restore blood flow after a stroke and the process of brain damage that results from stroke and ways to protect brain cells from the effects of blood deprivation. New imaging techniques are under development that can be used to determine what parts of the stroke-injured brain are still viable, and what treatments are most likely to be effective. Basic research has also focused on the genetics of stroke and stroke risk factors. Scientists are working to develop new and better ways to help the brain repair itself to restore important functions. Another area of research focuses on using rehabilitation to stimulate the brain to rewire itself and compensate for functions lost as a result of stroke.
The NINDS recognizes the importance of bringing top stroke researchers together to share information, and has hosted several seminars and symposiums about stroke prevention and treatment. The research publications from these events are available below.