Department of Neurology
Animals; Brain Ischemia; *Clinical Trials as Topic; *Disease Models, Animal; Humans; *Research; Stroke
Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Neurology
Many advances have occurred regarding an increased understanding of the basic pathophysiology of ischemic brain injury that could lead to enhanced therapy for this disorder. Among the more important basic science advances are enhanced knowledge of the components of the ischemic cascade, the phenomenon of ischemic preconditioning, the potential relevance of hibernation, studies on gene expression in ischemic tissue, and imaging identification of the ischemic penumbra. The large number of unsuccessful prior clinical trials with a wide range of purported acute stroke therapies has provided many insights and lessons regarding how to perform better trials in the future. Translating these basic science and clinical trial design advances into effective and safe therapies will require increased interaction and cooperation between basic scientists and clinical researchers.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2007 Jan;7(1):35-41.