An international consortium of mostly European investigators has launched a major collaborative research program to uncover mechanisms and pathways in different forms of small vessel disease.
Stroke and dementia rank among the most pressing health issues in Europe. Cerebral small vessel diseases (SVDs) have emerged as a central link between these two major co-morbidities. SVDs account for more than 30% of strokes and at least 40% of dementia cases. They encounter multiple distinct diseases that can be separated based on their underlying genetic defects, risk factors, and clinical presentations. Despite this profound impact on human health, there are no treatments with proven efficacy against SVDs.
The new network “Small vessel diseases in a mechanistic perspective: Targets for Intervention in Stroke and Dementia(SVDs@target)” is funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and brings together top scientists with a wide range of complementary expertise.
The project also includes 3 studies with stroke patients. They are:
ZOOM@SVDs, a high-resolution imaging study to look at vascular function and brain damage
INVESTIGATE-SVDs, an imaging study to assess the blood/brain barrier and vascular function,
TREAT-SVDs, testing the effects of different blood pressure lowering agents on vascular function in patients with distinct SVDs
More info can be found in leaflets in various languages here .