The Potential of Biomaterial-Based Approaches as Therapies for Ischemic Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Pre-clinical Studies

Conclusions Biomaterials including scaffolds and particles exerted a positive effect on histological and neurological outcomes in pre-clinical stroke models. However, heterogeneity in the field, publication bias and study quality scores which may be another source of bias call for standardisation of outcome measures and improved study reporting.
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Cell Biology - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Disease, Cell Signaling, Migration, Motility, Neuroscience Articles Source Type: research
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The authors of today's research report on success in use of a gene therapy to convert glial cells into neurons in a living mouse brain, and thereby improve the normally limited recovery that takes place following brain injury, such as that caused by a stroke. A number of research groups are investigating this class of approach to enhance regeneration in the brain, an organ that has little capacity to repair itself. The capacity that does exist is generated by neural stem cells that, arguably, continue to produce new neurons at some pace throughout life. As for all stem cell populations, activity declines with age, however....
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Source: Neuroscience Letters - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Condition:   Stroke, Acute Intervention:   Device: OTR4132MD Sponsors:   Organ, Tissue, Regeneration, Repair and Replacement;   European Commission;   EURAXI Not yet recruiting
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Source: NeuroReport - Category: Neurology Tags: Degeneration and Repair Source Type: research
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Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by array Rattus norvegicus Source Type: research
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