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$240,000 to help researchers tackle the challenge of preventing strokes

June 22, 2016



Dr. Richard Bergeron was awarded $240,000 by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to find a new way to protect the brain against stroke. So far acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) has been shown to be the best medication for patients at risk, but not everyone can take it and there are possible side-effects. For six years, Dr. Bergeron has been studying a chemical in the brain called glycine, which inactivates the chemicals that kill brain cells during a stroke. His team found that giving mice a drug that increased the level of glycine in their brain made them more resistant to stroke. The team’s next goal is to describe exactly how glycine does this by using state-of-the-art techniques to record neuron activity in three different animal models. Dr. Bergeron hopes that ultimately this research could lead to clinical trials of the drug, and a new option for those at risk for stroke

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