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Introducing START

START is a large multi-centre research study which utilises state of the art neuroimaging to study acute stroke therapy, its prevention and its impact. It comprises two major studies; EXTEND (Extending The Time for Thrombolysis in Emergency Neurological Deficit) and PrePARE (Prediction and Prevention to Achieve Optimal Recovery Endpoints after Stroke).

START is a collaboration between a number organisations and institutions; the National Stroke Research Institute, the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne, Neurosciences Victoria, Neuroscience Trials Australia, Melbourne Health and the Brain Research Institute.

In May 2011, Professor Geoff Donnan spoke to the ABC about this research.

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Latest News

110th patient randomised

The 110th patient was randomised by China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan on the 17th August 2015. There are now 11 sites open for recruitment in Taiwan.

Helsinki University Central Hospital

A big welcome to Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland who opened for recruitment in August 2015

100th patient randomised

Congratulations to all participating sites in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan on reaching this recruitment milestone. The 100th patient was recruited by the team at Royal Melbourne Hospital on the 14th May 2015.



Our Amazing Brain

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