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Center of expertise a milestone in the journey towards a better stroke care

The University of Gothenburg and the Sahlgrenska Academy are looking to develop the best and most efficient stroke care in Europe. The work is currently underway in the ambition to introduce the high-capacity stroke care of the future.

A new center for gathering expertise in the area of stroke and modern stroke care has been initiated at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg. The institute primarily conducts preclinical and clinical research in the areas of neuroscience, rehabilitation, pharmacology, neurophysiology, endocrine physiology and circulation physiology.
Among the conditions given special interest are psychiatric and neurological endemic diseases, dementia, neuropsychiatric disabilities, eye diseases and common metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Stroke affects a very large portion of the Swedish population and the need for better stroke care is tremendous all over Europe.

Improving quality of life
The most critical aspects are concerned with quality of life after a stroke. A large number of those affected are forced to live with severe disabilities for the rest of their lives, largely impeding quality of life.
Professor Lars Rosengren’s team at the Sahlgrenska Academy is conducting clinical research in diagnostics, monitoring and treatment during the most critical stages of stroke.
“A more efficient and structured care could save many from having to live with severe disabilities after a stroke, and in setting up a center of expertise we hope to develop methods and routines that overall will enhance existing stroke care”, Lars Rosengren explains.

Engaging the entire region
The research activities involve not only expertise from the University of Gothenburg; researchers from the entire region are engaged in the project.
“We are looking to develop better tools to be used at the very early stages of diagnosis. The sooner we can apply treatment, the better the chances of recovery after the stroke. We also hope to initiate better training programmes, specifically targeting the early days after a stroke. We still have a long way to go; the establishment of the center is a milestone in our journey towards a better stroke care”, Lars Rosengren concludes.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Aside from wide research activities, the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology is responsible for the occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology and audiology programmes and also has major commitments in the education of future physicians, dentists, pharmacists, prescriptionists and biomedical analysts. The institute also provides postgraduate education, contract education and independent courses.