GEN News: Drug promotes nervous system repair in animal models of stroke

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News recently featured research from the University of Cincinnati's Agnes (Yu) Luo, PhD.

Luo and her colleagues recently published a preclinical study in the journal Cell Reports showing a new drug may help repair damage caused by strokes. The drug was shown to be effective at repairing the nervous system in animal models of stroke.

“We are very excited about the data showing significant improvement in motor function, sensory function, spatial learning, and memory, even when treatment was initiated as late as seven days after stroke onset,” said Luo, associate professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry in UC’s College of Medicine and the study’s senior author.

There are currently no FDA approved drugs to repair damage caused by a stroke, and Luo said the drug would be a “substantial breakthrough” if the early results translate into clinical settings.

Read the GEN News article.

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