The Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Committee was pleased to present the 7th annual “KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Research Grant for 2019” to Dr. Robert Ecker and Dr. David Seder of the Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute at the Brain Aneurysm Awareness event on September 14, 2019 in Portland, Maine.
Project Title: Maine Hemorrhagic Stroke Database and Registry
Clinicians at the MMC Neurosciences Institute are constantly seeking new and better ways to provide care for aneurysm and hemorrhagic stroke survivors. Leveraging data is integral to improving outcomes in so many areas of medicine. MMC Neuroscience Institute will continue to measure and analyze data from our own aneurysm/hemorrhagic stroke patients, enabling clinicians to track patterns around what it truly means to “return to normal.” Data points include: regained independence, quality of life, headache, short-term memory loss, fatigue and concentration. Once the dataset gets large enough, they will extract data for academic work with an expectation over time that this could become a profoundly useful dataset—not just regionally but nationally. Maine is a unique environment as only 4% of our patients seek care out of state. The program at MMC currently draws on 1.8 million lives from Maine and half of New Hampshire. Over time, they will have a unique dataset with excellent longitudinal outcomes that could not be easily recreated elsewhere.
- In 2018, the $5,000 research grant was awarded to Robert Ecker, MD and David Seder, MD at Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute.
- In 2017, the $5,000 research grant was awarded to Anand Rughani, MD, Neurosurgeon with Maine Medical Partners
- In 2016, the $5,000 research grant went to Robert Ecker, MD, Medical Director of Maine Medical Center’s Neurosciences Institute.
- In 2015, the $25,000 research grant went to Kimberly P. Kicielinski, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- In 2014, a $20,000 research grant went to Koji Hosaka, PhD, Dept. Neurosurgery, University of Florida.
- In 2013, the inaugural “Maine’s KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research” was established and a $25,000 grant was awarded to Chanannait Paisansathan, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago.
The research conducted thus far has been both basic science and clinical. To date, some exciting work has been produced in finding better ways to manage aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), vasospasm, and to understand the mechanism for aneurysm growth.
To all the many families that have participated and donated in the past, either to celebrate their survival or to remember their lost loved ones – thank you for joining us and for your support toward this vital research.