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Stroke should be diagnosed in the ambulance

A new research project from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital aims to improve the possibility of ultra-early diagnosis of stroke patients. Grethe Andersen and Kim Drasbek have just received a DKK 10 million grant from The Novo Nordisk Foundation for their project.

Ultra-early diagnosis of stroke will save time and lead to faster treatment, which is of utmost importance for the patients’ survival and degree of invalidity. Unfortunately, current methods cannot distinguish between stroke types and a reliable diagnosis has to await imaging of the brain at the hospital, delaying the start of treatment.

Clinical Professor Grethe Andersen and Associate Professor Kim Ryun Drasbek, both from the Department of Clinical Medicine, will develop a blood based diagnostic test to distinguish between stroke types. When suffering a stroke, specific nano-particles are released from the stroke area into the blood. Based on these particles, the researchers aim to identify biomarkers that can help diagnose stroke type already in the ambulance.

The research project is named STIMULATE and it runs for a four years period. It has just received a DKK 10 million grant from The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Tandem Program that supports translational research collaborations between Basic and Clinical Researchers.

Read more about the STIMULATE project in the news article on the Cfin website, on which this article is based.


Clinical Professor Grethe Andersen
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Neurology
Phone: +45 78 46 32 94
Email: grethe.andersen@clin.au.dk


Associate Professor Kim Ryun Drasbek
Aarhus University. Department of Clinical Medicine and
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN)
Phone: +45 30 27 47 79
Email: ryun@cfin.au.dk