The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced that Columbia University Medical Center will be one of 25 regional centers across the United States to make up their new Stroke Research Network (NIHStrokeNet). This is big news for the Department of Neurosurgery, as Dr. E. Sander Connolly from the Cerebrovascular Center will be the leading neurosurgeon for this project along with three other co-investigators: Dr. Philip Meyers, Dr. Dorothea Altschul, and Dr. Anthony D’Ambrosio.
Dr. Meyers will be one of the principal investigators for New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Altschul and Dr. D’Ambrosio have been named c0-principal investigators for Columbia’s satellite institutions, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and The Valley Hospital in New Jersey.
“This is a big compliment to our facilities that the NIH picked us,” says Dr. Altschul, “And it will be very good for our patients. Columbia and Cornell will be the main sites. There will be an acute stroke sub-network at Valley and St. Joseph’s. This is a highly collaborative effort from the emergency room to rehab. It is very exciting. Everyone will be working together to improve the care of our patients.”
NIHStrokeNet was put together by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and it aims to expedite and improve stroke care through an organized research network. Columbia has joined with Weill Cornell Medical College to create one of just two regional centers picked for New York.
“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 NINDS, in a recent press release.
For Columbia, this means that they will receive funding for five years. Each year, for the first three years, they will get $200,000 to cover research costs and $50,000 for training stroke clinical researchers.
Read the NIH press release here to learn more about NIHStrokeNet.
To learn more about Dr. E. Sander Connolly, see his bio page here.
To learn more about Dr. Philip Meyers, see his bio page here.
To learn more about Dr. Dorothea Altschul, see her bio page here.
To learn more about Dr. Anthony D’Ambrosio, see his bio page here.
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