New drug 'could limit brain damage after a stroke'

1 March 2012

A new drug is set to limit the amount of brain damage which occurs when a person suffers a stroke.

Scientists at the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI), Krembil Neuroscience Center, have developed the treatment, which could help those who require a brain scan over concerns for their mental and long-term health following a stroke.

The drug stands out for being able to offer a neuroprotective effect to aid the brain when a person is subjected to the serious health condition.

Dr Michael Tymianski, the lead author of the study and a senior scientist at TWRI, noted: "We are closer to having a treatment for stroke than we have ever been before."

Further details of the drug's development, which is being called a PSD95 inhibitor, have been revealed in an article published in the journal Nature.

In a similar study, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have created a chemical compound which could significantly reduce the brain damage which is recorded after a person is struck down by a stroke.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Tymianski, Michael. 'Treatment of Stroke with a PSD95 inhibitor in the Gyrencephalic Primate Brain'. Nature. Wednesday February 29th 2012.

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