Hydrogels for brain repair after stroke: an emerging treatment option.

TitleHydrogels for brain repair after stroke: an emerging treatment option.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLR Nih, ST Carmichael, and T Segura
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Start Page155
Pagination155 - 163
Date Published08/2016

Stroke disability is the only major disease without an effective treatment. The substantial clinical burden of stroke in disabled survivors and the lack of a medical therapy that promotes recovery provide an opportunity to explore the use of biomaterials to promote brain repair after stroke. Hydrogels can be injected as a liquid and solidify in situ to form a gelatinous solid with similar mechanical properties to the brain. These biomaterials have been recently explored to generate pro-repair environments within the damaged organ. This review highlights the clinical problem of stroke treatment and discusses recent advances in using in situ forming hydrogels for brain repair.

Short TitleCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology