The Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB) at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin has been funded since July 2008 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as an Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB).
CSB research groups perform disease-oriented basic research, clinical research, epidemiology and health services research related to stroke.
The CSB is establishing internal structures to further research and improve research conditions: the trial team module to support clinical studies; the experimental lab module which holds resources for basic research; the training module including the extra-occupational Master of Science in Cerebrovascular Medicine degree program; the health care module with IT, health care projects and a coordinated care chain, the Berlin Stroke Alliance; and finally the management module responsible for administration and management.
Also participating in the CSB are the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch (MDC) and the Evangelische Geriatriezentrum Berlin (EGZB). The Medical Park AG is providing an endowed chair. Within the Charité itself, several hospitals and institutes are engaged in the CSB. The approach to stroke is interdisciplinary, with neurologists, neurosurgeons, immunologists, cardiologists, radiologists, and epidemiologists actively cooperating. On the administrative level the CSB is a research center at the Charité; it is not a section of an institute or a Charité Center but rather is directly assigned to the Charité Faculty.
The CSB initiated the Berlin Stroke Alliance, a consortium of more than 50 institutions involved in the acute phase, rehabilitation and aftercare of stroke which aims at providing comprehensive treatment and care as a coordinated care chain. With respect to clinical research, this care chain offers a basis for early recruitment of study participants, continuous aftercare and long-term studies. Research in stroke prevention, acute treatment, rehabilitation and care are carried out in cooperation with the respective members of the Berlin Stroke Alliance.