Addressing a Global Challenge

Addressing a Global Challenge

Battling stroke, from the Mid-Atlantic to the Middle East

Top clinician-scientists at Johns Hopkins are deploying precision medicine to better diagnose, treat, and restore function to stroke patients at the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute.

The center launched in February 2018 with a $50 million gift, believed to be the largest ever for a stroke-specific initiative, from the United Arab Emirates. Hopkins researchers can now leverage their considerable strengths in neurology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation, in combination with their expertise in biomedical engineering and patient safety, to develop new tools for stroke diagnosis, treatment, and recovery—efforts that are expected to improve the health of millions of people around the world.

With locations in Baltimore and Abu Dhabi, the institute houses two centers of excellence—one focused on stroke detection and diagnosis, led by Dr. Argye Hillis, and the other around stroke treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation, led by Dr. Pablo Celnik.

Photo: A CT scan of a brain indicating a stroke.