However, Howard and co-workers have formed the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Variations in Stroke research group, that includes a six-year federal government grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke to examine what’s leading to these racial, age and geographic differences in stroke mortality. In the 3rd year of the study, REGARDS will develop a study group of 30,000 visitors to better understand the stroke mortality risk elements for those who are both African American and southerners.