Dr. Sunil Sheth, a fellow in radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was awarded a $154,000 grant to advance his research on a lab test he invented that can diagnose stroke from a single drop of blood.

The Lawrence M. Brass, M.D., Stroke Research Award was presented to Sheth by the American Brain Foundation and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association during the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“We have demonstrated that our test works well in the laboratory. Now we want to validate the approach in people suffering from stroke in an emergency room,” said Sheth. “If it works, the test will revolutionize how E.R. physicians evaluate for stroke and help more patients get treatment faster.”

Sheth’s experiments will focus on fatty acids, the most abundant molecule in the brain. Fatty acids' relationship to stroke has never been studied.