START is a large multi-centre research study which utilises state of the art neuroimaging to study acute stroke therapy, its prevention and its impact. It comprises two major studies; EXTEND (Extending The Time for Thrombolysis in Emergency Neurological Deficit) and PrePARE (Prediction and Prevention to Achieve Optimal Recovery Endpoints after Stroke).

START is a collaboration between a number organisations and institutions:-

  • The National Stroke Research Institute
  • The CSIRO
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Neurosciences Victori
  • Neuroscience Trials Australia
  • Melbourne Health
  • The Brain Research Institute

In May 2011, Professor Geoff Donnan spoke to the ABC about this research.