Professor Vincent Thijs from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health will investigate the prevalence of the rare brain disorder Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) in young stroke survivors. The screening will take place at four hospitals in Melbourne in stroke patients under the age of 60.
Professor Thijs said stroke too often went unexplained in younger people. “The uncertainty is devastating for the individual and their family because they do not know if a stroke will happen again,” Prof Thijs said. He is hoping the SEARCH project (Screening for Early onset Amyloid Related Cerebral Haemorrhage) will provide valuable insights into the poorly recognised condition of CAA, which may be the cause of more unexplained strokes than we realise. “The outcome will tell us whether there needs to be a greater focus on CAA, which is currently untreatable, in the future.”
Professor Thijs will carry out the research after being awarded the first Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Grant of $240,000 (over three years) as part of the Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Research Grant Program.
Source: Mirage News | February 22, 2019