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BASIC Physicians

The Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) Project is an ongoing stroke surveillance study that began in 1999. BASIC is the only ongoing stroke surveillance project focusing on Mexican Americans. Mexican Americans are the largest segment of the Hispanic American population, the United States' largest minority group. 

Since the inception of this project, we have assembled a cohort of over 11,000 cerebrovascular disease patients whom we are able to follow for stroke outcomes and recurrent cerebrovascular events, as well as mortality.

This gives us tremendous power to detect associations with biological and social risk factors for stroke and stroke recovery, important to Mexican Americans as well as the broader United States population. We have demonstrated increased stroke incidence and recurrence in Mexican Americans. Stroke severity and ischemic stroke subtypes are similar between Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites.

Stroke outcomes, including function, cognition, and quality of life, are worse in Mexican Americans. We are positioned to delineate trends in stroke rates, and to explore the potential reasons for the increased stroke burden in Mexican Americans. We will also continue to explore trends in stroke outcomes in Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites. This information will be critically important to all populations to reduce the devastation of stroke. We will continue to make important observations useful for planning delivery of stroke care in communities.

Newest Developments

We will now investigate outcomes that are important to patients and their families using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) as well as other measures. We will also examine post-stroke healthcare utilization to identify areas to improve stroke outcomes and reduce ethnic disparities. BASIC has been a very prolific study with more than 95 original peer-reviewed publications.

Indeed, this study is just beginning to provide the rich epidemiologic and clinical data that are necessary to control the epidemic of cerebrovascular disease in Mexican Americans. We know that the next five years will allow us to make contributions that will be directly useful for interventions to reduce health disparities, prevent stroke and improve stroke outcomes in all populations.

View our publications

View our publications to see the latest research in the field.

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  • Stroke Genetics in a Multi-Ethnic Community (PI: Lynda D. Lisabeth PhD, K23NS050161)
  • Dizziness in the Emergency Department: A Population-Based Project (PI: Kevin A. Kerber MD, K23RR024009)
  • Brain Attack Surveillance in Durango (PI: Lewis Morgenstern MD, R03NS059056)
  • Developing Systems of Emergency Physician Led Acute Stroke Care in a Bi-Ethnic Community (PI: William J. Meurer MD, Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Fellowship Award).
  • The epidemiology of sleep apnea in a bi-ethnic stroke population (M-M-PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Devin L. Brown, MD.; R01 HL098065)
  • BASIC Sleep Ancillary Study (PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Devin L. Brown, MD.; R01 HL098065)
  • Sleep Apnea Health Disparities in Mexican American Stroke Patients (PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Devin L. Brown, MD.; R01 NS070941)
  • Nocturnal rostral fluid shifts in stroke patients with sleep apnea (M-PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Devin L. Brown, MD, R01 HL123379)
  • Sleep apnea after stroke: Implications for screening and treatment (M-PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Devin L. Brown, MD, R01HL126700)
  • Improving Post-Acute Care to reduce Ethnic Stroke Disparities (M-PIs Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, Lewis Morgenstern, MD, R01 NS107463
Study Staff
Principal Investigators
user Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, MPH Lewis B. Morgenstern Lewis B Morgenstern
Milton and Carolyn Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology
Section Head for Stroke
Co-Investigators
labcoat Devin L Brown, MD, MS
Professor of Neurology
profile-darin-zahuranec-2022 Darin Zahuranec
Professor of Neurology

Morgan Campbell, MD

Erin Case, BA

Mindy Cox, DrPH

  • Julie Behnke, CMA
  • Stella Boulan
  • Natalie Casey, BA
  • Amy Dehler
  • Anna Diaz
  • William Duncker
  • Kristen Giese
  • Chris Janca
  • Jose Rojas
  • Janie Smith
  • Maria Stoto
  • Garrett Weiland