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Translati onal challenges of neuroprotection strategy in ischemic stroke

Hrvoje Budincevic / Ivan Bielen / Laszlo Csiba
  • Department of neurology, University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Nagyerdei Körút 98, P.O. Box 48, Debrecen, Hungary
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Published Online: 2011-12-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13380-011-0041-2


Neuroprotection is a therapeutic strategy that attempts to save neurons from irreversible injury by modifying the effects of the ischemic cascade or facilitating reperfusion. Although numerous agents have shown neuroprotective effect in preclinical trials, their translation to clinical trials failed to show any meaningful effect. The Stroke Therapy Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) guidelines were made for performing research on neuroprotective agents in pre-clinical and clinical trials. Although the STAIR guidelines have been available for more than ten years, we still do not have any adequate neuroprotective agents. Reasons for unsuccessful translation from preclinical to clinical research can be considered along stages of drug development: 1) preclinical, 2) transitional and 3) clinical. By extending the therapeutic window for application of intravenous thrombolysis in acute stroke patients to 4.5 hours, as well as increasing the use intra-arterial thrombolysis and development of mechanical devices for thrombectomy in 6 hour period we may be able to achieve some degree of neuroprotection in acute stroke. Future therapy is likely to add to the current thrombolytic therapy with potential neuroprotective drugs or procedures.

Keywords: Ischemic stroke; Neuroprotection; Translational problems

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