Research Projects

The dedicated group of researchers brings exceptional multidisciplinary expertise to research. Their studies’ findings will lead to better patient outcomes through improved diagnosis, individualized treatment, and recovery for patients who have suffered from stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions.

To learn more about our current cerebrovascular clinical trials, please visit The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and enter "cerebrovascular" in the search box.

Marsh Lab

The Marsh Lab studies stroke treatment, recovery and risk identification. The Marsh Lab created the Hemorrhage Risk Stratification (HeRS) score to predict hemorrhagic transformation in patients treated with anticoagulants. Currently, the Marsh Lab is using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate how strokes impact higher level cognitive processes. Additional research in the lab focuses on treatment options for reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS).

Elisabeth Breese Marsh, M.D.

S.C.O.R.E. Lab

The mission of the Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and Recovery (S.C.O.R.E.) Lab is to enhance knowledge of brain mechanisms that allow people recover language, empathy, and other cognitive and communicative functions after stroke, and to improve ways to facilitate recovery of these functions after stroke. We also seek to improve the understanding of neurobiology of primary progressive aphasia., and how to enhance communication in people with this group of clinical syndromes.

Argye Hillis, M.D.

Zeiler Stroke Recovery Lab

Improved acute stroke care means that more patients are surviving. Unfortunately, up to 60 percent of stroke survivors suffer disability in arm or leg use, and 30 percent need placement in a longer term care facility. Recovering motor skills after stroke is essential to rehabilitation and the restoration of a meaningful life. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop innovative new approaches to rehabilitation. Most recovery from motor impairment after stroke occurs in the first month and is largely complete by three months. Improvement occurs independently of rehabilitative interventions (for example, physical and occupational therapy), which predominantly target function through compensatory strategies that do not constitute true recovery. Dr. Zeiler and his team are conducting research to uncover how to augment and prolong this critical window of time.

Steven Zeiler, M.D., Ph.D.