[Physci_undergrad] FW: UCLA STROKE STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM
gergel at physci.ucla.edu
Tue May 23 12:16:25 PDT 2006
STROKE STUDY & STROKE FORCE
SPRING'06 RECRUITMENT NIGHTS
The Stroke Study and Stroke Force Programs are holding recruitment at the
below times and places. If you would like to join us at one of the
information meetings below, please dress professionally and bring a small
photo. BRIEF Interviews will be held following the information presentation
for those who are interested. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday May 23 6pm CHS 53-105
Wednesday May 24 6pm CHS 53-105
UCLA STROKE STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM
Dr. Sidney Starkman, MD in Emergency Medicine and Neurology, who
heads the Comprehensive Emergency Neurology Program at UCLA, initiated the
Stroke Student Research Program in 1992. Because of a new understanding
about the biology of stroke, we now know that there is a brief window of
opportunity of a few hours to halt the potentially devastating effects of a
stroke. It has been recently referred to as a brain attack; the symptoms of
stroke have the same alarming significance as chest pain does for heart
attack. Students in the UCLA Stroke Student Research Program have a key role
to play in this new treatment paradigm. The Stroke Students are in the
emergency room working with patients, doctors, nurses, and paramedics. The
students are the eye and ears of the Stroke Team physicians. The students
identify stroke patients as soon as they arrive in the ER and assist in
providing them the best possible care as early as possible.
Upon identifying a patient, within minutes the Stroke Student
finds out the important information that will be used to help determine the
patient's eligibility for the appropriate therapy or study. Immediately,
Dr. Starkman or one of the other Stroke Team physicians is contacted and the
critical information is conveyed. IF the symptoms indicate a thromboembolic
(blockage type) acute stroke, the entire Stroke Team is mobilized, even
before the patient is taken to CT or MRI.
The Stroke Team physicians have to rapidly make decisions as to
what stroke treatment the patient will receive or into which study the
patient will be enrolled. At UCLA there are several new studies and
therapies that are currently available to those who meet inclusion/exclusion
If the patient is enrolled in a study and admitted to UCLA, the
student will also have the opportunity to go on rounds with the neurologists
and observe the patient they helped admit. Thus the stroke student can
witness first hand the effects of stroke as well as its reversal.
STROKE STUDENT RESEARCH PLAN DESCRIPTION
Students in the UCLA Stroke Student Research Program will be involved in
double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center research projects
investigating the safety and efficacy of the use of various drugs and
procedures applied to patients that arrive in the UCLA Emergency Room with
onset of acute ischemic stroke. As research associates, students are
required to learn the basis for the investigation of new drugs and
interventions in stroke, the pre-clinical research, the phases of trials,
and the proper interpretation of the results obtained. In their tasks,
students will utilize their knowledge of the study hypothesis and
methodology, patient selection criteria, inclusion and exclusions criteria,
and rationale for the use of the drug procedure. Students will be involved
in gathering data, identifying and enrolling patients, and analyzing the
data. They will also have the opportunity independently to follow-up on
patients that have been enrolled.
STROKE STUDENT'S RESEARCH TASKS
Review and understand current stroke research protocols and methodology.
1. Rapid identification of Emergency Department patients with acute
neurological syndromes (onset time < 24 hours).
2. Identifying patient's signs and symptoms that represent stroke.
3. Distinguishing signs and symptoms that mimic strokes.
4. Distinguish a hemorrhage from ischemic stroke by CT scan criteria.
5. Identify patients meeting inclusion/exclusion criteria for acute and
hyper-acute National Stroke Research Trials.
6. Report on patients enrolled in studies at UCLA.
7. Review and discuss analysis of stroke trials in progress.
8. Complete a final report on patients eligible for studies at UCLA.
Included in the report will be an analysis of the reasons why the patient
was excluded from or enrolled in a study. A comprehensive examination of
the inclusion and exclusion criteria in addition to a discussion of the
patient's baseline status, age, medical history, and type and severity of
stroke will be required.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH RESPECTIVE PROGRAM VISIT:
STROKE FORCE: <http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/theforce>
STROKE STUDY: strokestudy.fasthost.net <http://strokestudy.fasthost.net>
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