Medical College Designated Major Hub in Research NetworkResearchers and clinicians have long known strokes and other brain injuries are best treated sooner, rather than later. But while brain injuries are common — in the United States, one person dies every two minutes due to a neurological emergency — developing evidence-based treatment protocols for the first crucial minutes has been difficult. It’s almost impossible for any one medical center to gather enough patients for a meaningful research study.
Together, though, medical centers can find promising treatments. The Medical College of Wisconsin was recently named one of 11 hubs in a new national network studying neurologic emergencies. The Neurologic Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) will conduct innovative research studies aimed at improving outcomes for patients experiencing stroke, brain injury and seizure. The University of Michigan Health System will coordinate the network’s 11 hubs, which include Wayne State University and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Emory University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona, the University of California-San Francisco, The University of Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky and the University of Minnesota.
NETT will begin its first study late in 2007. As a major hub, the Medical College of Wisconsin will partner with Froedtert and other area emergency responders to collect and analyze data. That information will be shared with other researchers. Together, researchers will gather evidence to suggest best practices that can save lives.
Source: Froedtert Today
Date: October 2007