The Brain Attack Coalition (BAC) is dedicated to improving prevention, advancing treatment, and enhancing recovery to eliminate the burden of stroke. The BAC is a group of non-profit professional, voluntary, and/or governmental agencies dedicated to setting direction, advancing knowledge, and communicating the best practices to prevent and treat stroke. The BAC meets twice annually and supports additional events, meetings, and workshops related to stroke.
Visit the post event summary for the Inequities in Access and Delivery of Acute Stroke Care Symposium to learn more about the event and participating speakers.
BAC Members as of FY2023
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has facilitated the activities of the BAC for over 30 years, and participates in the BAC as a non-voting member.
American Academy of Neurology - Professional Resources | Public Resources
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses - Professional Resources
American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Professional Resources | Public Resources
American College of Emergency Physicians - Professional Resources
American Society of Neuroradiology - Professional Resources | Public Resources
American Stroke Association/American Heart Association - Stroke Resources | Public Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Professional Resources | Public Resources
Food and Drug Administration - Professional Resources | Public Resources
National Association of EMS Physicians/ National Association of State EMS Officials
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Professional Resources | Public Resources
Neurocritical Care Society - Professional Resources | Public Resources
Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery - Professional Resources | Patient Resources
Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology - Professional Resources | Public Resources
Stroke Belt Consortium - Professional Resources
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Professional Resources | Public Resources
If you are interested in joining the Brain Attack Coalition, please email NINDSCommunications@nih.gov describing your non-profit or federal organization’s mission, interest and work on stroke, and rational for joining. Please consult with at least one active BAC member organization, as all requesters must have a primary sponsor or co-sponsor from among active Coalition members.
Resources and Tools
- NIH Stroke Scale(pdf, 855 KB): Evaluation of stroke severity. Certification available from the National Stroke Association’s NIHSS Certification Services and/or ASA Certification Service.
- Barthel Index: Measure stroke patient performance on activities of daily living.
- Glasgow Outcome Scale: Determines degree of stroke patient recovery.
- Hunt and Hess Scale: Classifies severity of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- Modified Rankin Scale: Measures degree of disability or dependence.
- Oxford Handicap Scale: Measures degree of handicap.
- CHADS2: Estimates risk of future stroke in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation.
- CHA2DS2-Vasc Scale: Evaluates ischemic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation.
- HAS-BLED: Evaluates the risk of major bleeding with anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation.
- ASPECTS: Compares backfilling arteries to similar arteries in the unaffected hemisphere.
- ABCD2: Predicts short-term stroke risk after a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
- Intracerebral Hemorrhage Score: Estimates mortality after intracerebral hemorrhage based on age and CT findings.
- Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale: Evaluates potential strokes in prehospital settings based on three signs.
- Los Angeles Prehospital Stroke Screen: Expands upon Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale.
- Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit Checklist: Evaluates strokes in prehospital settings.