A drug that protects brain after stroke

1 March 2012

Scientists have come up with an experimental drug that holds promise for protecting the brain against the detrimental effects of a stroke.

The drug developed by the scientists at the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI), Krembil Neuroscience Center, is the first to achieve a neuroprotective effect in the complex brain of primates, in settings that simulate those of human strokes. ischemic stroke.

The new study shows how the drug, called a “PSD95 inhibitor” prevents brain cell death and preserves brain function when administered after a stroke has occurred.

“We are closer to having a treatment for stroke than we have ever been before,” said Dr. Michael Tymianski, TWRI Senior Scientist and the study’s lead author.

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