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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The NHMRC administers funding for health and medical research on behalf of the Australian Government. Offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural currently contains more than 65,000 trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, and private industry. Studies listed in the database are conducted in 161 countries receives over 40 million page views per month and 50,000 visitors daily.
Cochrane Stroke Group
The Cochrane Stroke Group has been a part of The Cochrane Collaboration since August 1993. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by 'preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions'.
Cochrane systematic reviews bring together all the available evidence relating to a clearly formulated healthcare question for evaluation and synthesis, using predetermined criteria and explicit methods designed to limit bias.The Cochrane Stroke Group seeks to identify and review all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) of interventions in the primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, including subarachnoid haemorrhage. Primary prevention trials are restricted to those in which stroke is the major outcome of interest, eg carotid surgery for asymptomatic stenosis. The primary prevention of generalised vascular disease is beyond the scope of the Cochrane Stroke Group, as is the primary prevention of stroke in patients with cardiac disease, eg stroke following myocardial infarction/cardiac surgery.
Stroke Trials Directory
The Stroke Trials Registry, is a continuously updated registry of randomized clinical trials in stroke and cerebrovascular disease. This project is a free public service from the Internet Stroke Center at Washington University School of Medicine; with support from the American Stroke Association and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This registry will meet technical standards for inclusion in the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform of the World Health Organization.
The Internet Stroke Center
The Internet Stroke Center is a non-profit, educational service of the Stroke Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Medical Center and the Cerebrovascular Diseases Section of the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.The Internet Stroke Center exists to advance understanding of stroke research and clinical care. Their goal is to provide current, professional, un-biased information about stroke. The information on this site is obtained from published accounts, meeting presentations, internet searches, and direct correspondence.
National Institute of Neurology Disorders and Stroke
The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.To support this mission, NINDS:* Conducts, fosters, coordinates, and guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports basic research in related scientific areas.* Provides grants-in-aid to public and private institutions and individuals in fields related to its areas of interest, including research project, program project, and research center grants.* Operates a program of contracts for the funding of research and research support efforts in selected areas of institute need.* Provides individual and institutional fellowships to increase scientific expertise in neurological fields.* Conducts a diversified program of intramural and collaborative research in its own laboratories, branches, and clinics.* Collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders.
World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
National Institutes of Health
NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the United States. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
Health Resources and Services Administration is the website for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is based in Washington, DC. It provides links to other web sites with information about diseases, grants and funding, and specific populations.