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University of California Researcher Awarded $130,000 for Stroke Research

Grant Funded by American Brain Foundation, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

NEW ORLEANS – A San Francisco researcher is receiving $130,000 for her research studying risk factors and consequences of stroke among different racial/ethnic groups through the AHA/ASA/ABF Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Brain Foundation, (formerly the American Academy of Neurology Foundation), the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, was awarded the fellowship for her work to better understand risk factors for stroke and whether stroke results in depression and impaired cognitive function in older adults of three different racial/ethnic backgrounds. The two-year award will consist of an annual stipend of $65,000. The award is designed to encourage stroke clinical research with the goal of providing better treatment, prevention or cure of the disease. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fourth cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Clinical research is the fundamental transition stage between discovery and treatment. Clinical research provides the scientific basis for all forms of care, addresses patient and caregiver needs, and is the backbone for drug development and cost-effectiveness studies needed to improve lives. Fellowships provide recipients with two or three years of postdoctoral research training, under the direction of an established scientist who provides mentorship for the project.

The American Brain Foundation, the foundation of the American Academy of Neurology, supports vital research & education to discover causes, improved treatments, and cures for brain and other nervous system diseases. Learn more at or find us on Facebook. The American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s number four killer and a leading cause of serious disability. They fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. For more information about the American Stroke Association, call 1-888-4-STROKE or visit The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

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