University of Utah Commences Patient Enrollment for Stroke Study

University of Utah Commences Patient Enrollment for Stroke Study

Nov 7, 2006 5:00 PM

The University of Utah Stroke Center is seeking individuals who have had an ischemic stroke, caused by a blockage or a blood clot, to participate in a study. The Siblings With Ischemic Stroke Study (SWISS) is researching the genes that may increase the risk of a stroke.

To participate, individuals must be 18 and older, have had an ischemic stroke at anytime in the past, and have at least one living sibling who has also had a stroke. With the patient's permission, the study staff will then contact his or her siblings to invite their participation. Siblings who live in the U.S. or Canada may be contacted. The study involves a short interview regarding the stroke and a blood draw.

The University of Utah Stroke Center will enroll 20 patients. Nationwide, 300 sibling pairs will join the study over the next four years.

Approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Currently, more than five million people are living with the aftereffects of a stroke, a leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. Understanding the genetic predisposition to an ischemic stroke, the most common form of a stroke accounting for 80 percent of all strokes, could have a huge impact on public health.

The University of Utah is one of 52 locations selected nationwide to participate in the study and was chosen because of its expertise in clinical-trial management and extensive experience in treating stroke survivors. The study's principal investigator is Elaine J. Skalabrin, M.D., director of the University of Utah Stroke Center.

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