• Stroke is Preventable

    We fund front line stroke prevention research on risk factor modification, human behavior and technology to continue to change the landscape of stroke.
  • Technology Research

    We fund technology research vital to the advancement of emergency and rehabilitative stroke treatment.
  • Accelerated Funding Approach

    Our funding approach, derived from our stroke expertise, is targeted, selective, and accelerated to obtain stroke answers. Now.

Dr. Jeffrey Thomas Stroke Shield Foundation

Accelerating Targeted Research for Stroke Prevention and Treatment

Invest in Prevention

Your generous contributions help advance new science and high-impact studies to prevent and treat stroke. Every donation makes a difference in finding stroke answers. Now.


Fund Your Research

Our research grant program is the heart of our commitment to preventing stroke and improving stroke treatment. As clinical stroke experts treating cerebrovascular disease every day, we are uniquely positioned to assess and fund your stroke research projects expediently.

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Accelerating Research

From our perspective within clinical stroke treatment and research, we understand the importance of directing targeted research funds to the scientists and investigators who can move the best ideas in stroke research prevention and treatment forward.

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About Our Founder

Dr. Jeffrey Thomas

Dr. Jeffrey Thomas

Dr. Jeffrey E. Thomas, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dr. Jeffrey Thomas Stroke Shield Foundation, is a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon with special expertise and interest in stroke. Dr. Thomas founded the Stroke Shield Foundation because he believes that prevention of stroke is among the most important and achievable medical tasks of the 21st century, and one with tremendous potential for public health impact.




Did You Know

  • Stroke Types

    • There are two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic
    • Ischemic stroke is defined by the deprivation of a part of the brain of blood, as when a cerebral blood vessel becomes occluded.
    • Hemorrhagic stroke, by contrast, constitutes the minority of strokes (15%), and is characterized by bleeding in and around the brain.
  • Stroke Statistics

    • Stroke strikes all age groups, from fetuses still in the womb to centenarians
    • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. even though 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
    • About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
    • On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.
    • In the U.S., the total cost of stroke is estimated at $43 billion/year.
  • Stroke Risk Factors

    • The most important risk factors for stroke are hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and cigarette smoking.
    • High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. By lowering your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of developing a stroke.
    • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) increases stroke risk up to five times and affects more than 2.7 million Americans.
    • Current smokers have two to four times the stroke risk of nonsmokers or those who quit more than 10 years ago.
  • Stroke is Preventable

    • Hippocrates recognized and described stroke-the sudden onset of paralysis, more than 2,400 years ago.
    • In 1620, Jacob Wepfer was the first to identify postmortem signs of bleeding in the brains of patients who died of apoplexy.
    • Over the last two decades basic and clinical investigators have identified major risk factors for the disease and have developed surgical techniques and drug treatments for the prevention of stroke.
    • In 1996, Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) was approved by the FDA and can reverse the course of stroke if given during the first few hours after the onset of symptoms.
    • Future….with targeted funding directly for stroke research…we can STOP stoke before it happens.