CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, based at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has collaborated with Mayo Clinic in the United States for supporting ground-breaking research on the blood clots that cause stroke and drive significant improvements in outcomes for patients in the future.
Researchers will focus their work on advancing and improving therapies for stroke patients in particular. Ischemic strokes tend to occur as a result of an obstruction in a blood vessel responsible for supplying blood to the brain. These obstructions or clots can originate either from the heart or from the carotid artery, or from any other part of the body.
Samples of clots removed from patients who have suffered a stroke are being collected at the Applied Neuroradiology Lab in Mayo clinic, for analysis and for devising better treatments. CÚRAM will help in establishing a dedicated clot pathology lab for conducting parallel clot research in Europe.
Mayo clinic has also been working to establish the Stroke Thromboembolism Registry of Imaging and Pathology (STRIP) for analyzing actual clots retrieved via thrombectomy i.e. the surgical removal of a clot from a blood vessel.