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Mannheim as a stroke research centre

Neurologists at the University Hospital of Mannheim are the central points of contact of the largest European stroke project to date. The European Union is providing more than 21 million euros over five years for research focusing on stroke. The project, involving 30 partners from several European countries, is being coordinated by the University Hospital Mannheim and the Charité in Berlin.

“Within the European Union countries, approximately one million people per year suffer a stroke,” said Professor Dr. Stephen Meairs from the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital in Mannheim. Professor Dr. Stephen Meairs is the coordinator of Eustroke, one of the two major subprojects in the European stroke project. “This disease is a major cause of death. In addition, after a stroke many patients need nursing care. And since the number of elderly people in the EU is increasing rapidly, it is also assumed that the number of stroke patients will increase over the next twenty years. This is a good reason to improve the prevention of stroke as well as the therapy and rehabilitation of stroke patients.” Together with Professor Ulrich Dirnagl from the Department of Experimental Neurology at Charité in Berlin, Meairs has presented a well-designed concept that persuaded European Union health experts to grant the establishment of the European Stroke Network (ESN). In this European-wide network, leading researchers and experienced clinicians from twelve countries are working closely together in order to turn Europe into a trailblazer of stroke research.

2.5 million euros for the University Hospital in Mannheim

The major research foci of the ESN are: Which new methods can be developed in order to dissolve blood coagulations in the brain in a minimally invasive way? Which factors determine the development and course of stroke? Which therapies might contribute to regenerating damaged brain regions? The Mannheim University Hospital will receive approximately 2.5 million euros of the 21 million set aside for the European-wide project.

The majority of strokes are caused by a disturbance in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. As a consequence, the nerve cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen and nutrition and die. The quicker the disturbance can be reversed, the fewer and the less severe are the consequences for the patients. Comprehensive drug treatment as well as sometimes surgical interventions are the major methods used to unblock the blood vessels. A more infrequent type of stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that bursts. Cerebral haemorrhage then leads to functional disorders and tissue death.

Source: University Hospital Mannheim - 6.3.2008
Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/news/mannheim-as-a-stroke-research-centre