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Stroke research in the European Union



Stroke is a major cause of disability and death in Europe. In recent years large scale clinical trials have provided the evidence base for clinical approaches to primary and secondary prevention of stroke.
New imaging techniques now enable to diagnose stroke more rapidly and precisely. The progress in treatment was made through the availability of lytic therapy for ischemic stroke, the most common type of brain attack. With the currently available treatment options further improvements in this area to a large extent depend on improved delivery of health care.
Today, the results achieved and remaining challenges in preventing and treating stroke create opportunities for biomedical research. For many years the European Community has contributed to funding stroke research through its Research Framework Programmes.
On October 2005, the Research Directorate General of the European Commission invited a group of leading European experts in the field to provide an overview of the results of European stroke research and to discuss the way forward. A number of participants were coordinators of EU-funded projects.The programme for the workshop reflected the objectives: A keynote lecture by Professor Hennerici gave an overview of European stroke research. Subsequently, results from existing European stroke research initiatives were presented, including several EU-funded projects.
These presentations illustrated the potential of multidisciplinary research activities that involve cooperation between European industry, basic science research institutes and university hospitals. The central part of the workshop was a round table discussion during which priorities for stroke research in Europe for the next few years were explored.
This booklet summarises the discussion held at the workshop on stroke research priorities.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22707 EN (2007), 32 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-22707-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-05049-7
Record Number: 200719248 / Last updated on: 2007-07-05
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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