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Worrell has just completed a research study into the genetics behind ischemic stroke.

The Genetics Behind Stroke

Working with researchers around the world, Brad Worrall, MD, and other UVA neuroscientists have completed a large-scale study into the genetics behind ischemic stroke.

The goal? "To find a window into the biology that then identifies ways in which we can target, intervene and alter the process of disease," says Worrall. This undertaking could eventually have a huge impact, making it possible to identify those at greatest risk for stroke, which remains the #2 killer worldwide. 

Watch Worrall explain this research into the genetic identification of stroke risk.

Brain, Spine, Nervous System Care

Read one woman's story of surviving a brain tumor, and learn about neurosciences and behavioral health at UVA.
Worrell has just completed a research study into the genetics behind ischemic stroke.

The Genetics Behind Stroke

Working with researchers around the world, Brad Worrall, MD, and other UVA neuroscientists have completed a large-scale study into the genetics behind ischemic stroke.

The goal? "To find a window into the biology that then identifies ways in which we can target, intervene and alter the process of disease," says Worrall. This undertaking could eventually have a huge impact, making it possible to identify those at greatest risk for stroke, which remains the #2 killer worldwide. 

Watch Worrall explain this research into the genetic identification of stroke risk.

UVA Neurosciences & Behavioral Health Center in the News

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE RANKING

    At UVA, four of our specialties were honored as “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report, including our neurology and neurosurgery services, which places them among the top 10 percent in the nation.

    UVA Named Comprehensive Stroke Center

    We are proud to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of certification available from The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Just 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have earned this certification from the Joint Commission. We are one of three Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Virginia.

    Comprehensive Stroke Center certification means our team is ready 24/7 to deliver the most advanced care for stroke, stroke complications and meets rigorous standards for caring for the most complex stroke cases.

Stories of Healing

Born With a Skull Deformity

Savannah's story of growing up with a skull craniosynostosis

At just a few days old, Savannah Tucker was airlifted from West Virginia to UVA. She was born with a rare skull deformity called craniosynostosis, commonly known as clover leaf skull. Her initial prognosis was grim; her parents knew without surgery, there was a chance Savannah would not make it.

Over the years, Savannah has undergone over 20 surgeries.

Watch Savannah reflect on her remarkable journey at UVA. 

Advances in Research

The Latest Discoveries

Glioblastoma has a reputation for being the deadliest of brain cancers. UVA’s Benjamin W. Purow, MD, has identified an enzyme that appears to control the signals in glioblastoma cells. Find out why this research could potentially help save lives.

Find out about our current research efforts.

Support Neuroscience Research

  • When you give to the UVA Neurosciences and Behavioral Health Center, you support cutting-edge research on treating Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, brain tumors, epilepsy and a host of other conditions that affect people's daily lives, often without much hope for a cure.

    Make a difference, so we can make a difference. 

    Make a gift to UVA Neurosciences and Behavioral Health Center today.

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