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UNC: Takes on Stroke – From Awareness to Action

Each May — National Stroke Awareness Month — people in the United States become acutely aware of the enormous challenge that strokes pose for individual well-being and public health. In this country, where nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a major cause of serious disability. Globally, more than six million people die of stroke per year.

At the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers confront the challenge of stroke year-round in multi-faceted efforts to understand the causes and risk factors for stroke, how to prevent them, and how to improve acute care and rehabilitation for those who suffer a stroke.

“The Gillings School is actively advancing research, policy and practice to reduce stroke burden,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “By working across disciplines and taking a holistic view of the challenge, our work is helping to close gaps in both fundamental knowledge and patient care.”

Read more about how UNC faculty and students are working to get to the root of the problem in the “Stroke Belt;” deliver the benefits of the Mediterranean diet — with a Southern flair; ease the transition from hospital to home after a stroke; and focus on caregivers of stroke patients.