|New funding opportunity announced by the American Stroke Association and the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation. The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation has joined with the American Stroke Association (ASA, a division of the American Heart Association) to support a network of three Centers of Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research for a period of four years.|
|The American Heart/Stroke Association funds investigator-initiated career development and knowledge discovery projects through its research programs. We are also committed to identifying and supporting specific science areas deemed critical to achieving our mission and strategic objectives. Foundation and corporate support for such strategically focused research, as well as partnerships with other professional organizations, allow the AHA to fund special initiatives or awards.|
In 2011, the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation committed $9.24 million to create a new network of three centers for excellence in stroke collaborative research for a period of four years. This new initiative will support the collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different specialties, whose collective efforts will lead to new approaches to prevent and treat stroke. Efforts will expand upon previous Bugher initiatives by inviting research on recovery after a stroke, including the areas of repair, regeneration, neuroplasticity and rehabilitation. The new ASA/Bugher Foundation Centers for Excellence in Stroke Collaborative Research for Regeneration, Resilience and Secondary Prevention begin their research in 2014. Read more about the Bugher Foundation.
In 2009, with support from the Jon Holden DeHaan Foundation, investigators began efforts to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying development and specification of cardiac myocytes. The insights gained from these studies will benefit patients with cardiac injury. Since their inception, the AHA/Jon Holden DeHaan Cardiac Myogenesis Research Centers have hosted multiple conferences, scientific retreats and collaborations with members of the science community to move the field closer to a clinical trial. The Centers are scheduled to complete their projects in March 2013 and have reported more than $40 million dollars in new research funding leveraged from their individual AHA/DeHaan grants. Read more about the John Holden DeHaan Foundation.
In 2008, with a $14.5 million contribution from the American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable and a generous gift from American Heart Association board member David Spina and his wife, Stevie, the AHA funded four centers for cardiovascular and stroke outcomes research. These centers have made strides to determine what interventions, environments, patient factors and other issues most influence improvements in healthcare outcomes for heart disease and stroke patients. Over the past four years, the AHA/PRT-Spina Outcomes Research Centers have trained more than 20 postdoctoral fellows in outcomes research, 15 of whom have moved into faculty positions as a result of their time with the PRT Centers. More than 300 publications have resulted from the outstanding work of participants in the network. Read more about the Pharmaceutical Roundtable.
The AHA continues to establish research funding partnerships with organizations that share a common interest in developing targeted fields related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. In FY 11-12, these partnerships funded training and early career awards in some of the following areas:
- Resuscitation (Philips Medical Systems)
- Myocarditis (Myocarditis Foundation)
- Gerontological Nursing (Gerontological Society of America National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence)
- Neurology (American Brain Foundation)
- Pulmonary Hypertension(Pulmonary Hypertension Association)