Leading Stroke Expert Recruited as Third Endowed Chair for Stroke Center

March 25, 2010

In 2007, the SmartState Center for Stroke  established with support from Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), the first statewide biomedical research collaborative in the United States, to research ways to reduce  stroke and stroke-related deaths and disabilities. Recently, HSSC announced the successful recruitment of a third leading stroke expert to the Center.  has accepted a SmartState Endowed Chair in stroke neurology and will hold his position at the University of South Carolina (USC).

An expert in stroke treatment and research, Dr. Sen and was the founding director of the nationally recognized University of North Carolina Stroke Center. In his new role, Sen joins two other endowed chairs in the SartState Center for Stroke: Dr. Robert Adams and Dr. Marc Chimowitz, who hold their positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. Sen’s clinical and research expertise will complement the efforts of the REACH Stroke Network, implemented by Adams in 2008, in which telemedicine is used to provide hospitals with 24/7 access to stroke experts and in so doing achieve rapid diagnosis and treatment and better outcomes for stroke patients.

Sen’s stroke research focuses on the risk factors of stroke and new approaches for stroke treatment and prevention. Specifically, his interests include acute stroke treatment and cardio-embolic strokes, which are caused by blood clots that develop in the heart and travel to the brain. His research has been funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. He is board certified in Neurology and in the subspecialty of Vascular Neurology.

Commenting on Sen’s recruitment, HSSC President and CEO Jay Moskowitz, said, “Stroke is a serious threat to public and personal health. We are pleased that the SmartState Center for Center has filled all three of its endowed chairs. We also are proud Dr. Sen will hold his chair at the University of South Carolina, which is home to both a medical school and school of public health, broadening the potential impact of his research.”

Added Moskowitz, “With the work of these three nationally-recognized researchers, we hope to make expert stroke care more accessible and improve the statistics of this terrible disease in our state and nation.”

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