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[January 4, 2013]

SUNY Downstate to Be Part of Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions:

Program Is Funded by $12 Million Grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD, professor of medicine and psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and colleagues from New York University Langone Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center received a $12 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish a Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions in New York City.

The Center brings together specialists in stroke and hypertension, health disparities researchers, behavioral scientists, and health services researchers. Said Dr. Jean-Louis, “This multidisciplinary team will function as a think tank for developing novel stroke prevention projects targeted at Blacks and Latinos at high risk for stroke.” It also will provide training and mentorship for a new generation of stroke disparities researchers.

Dr. Jean-Louis added, “The Center is unique because it addresses mechanisms of stroke disparities across the continuum of stroke care at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels and will use nontraditional venues for delivery of health education. It also will focus on basic behavioral science theories to develop solutions to the pressing issue of disproportionately high incidence of stroke among minority populations.”


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.