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UCLA-led stroke study recognized as one of 10 best

Dr. Jeffrey Saver

Dr. Jeffrey Saver

The national Clinical Research Forum has selected a study led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, director of the UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center, to receive a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for 2018.

Saver was one of the four academic physician members of the steering committee of the international, multicenter RESPECT Trial, which demonstrated that a device that closes a small hole in the heart is an effective therapy to prevent recurrent stroke in young patients with a first stroke of otherwise unknown cause.

This trial, conducted at UCLA and 68 other study sites, led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clearance of these closure devices as a new treatment for stroke prevention.

The Clinical Research Forum provides leadership to clinical and translational research projects and promotes understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and health care.

The organization conducts annual competitions to determine the 10 outstanding research accomplishments in the United States. Winners are chosen based on the degree of innovation and novelty involved in the advancement of science; contribution to the understanding of human disease or physiology; and potential impact upon the diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of disease.

The award will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 18.

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