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


Journal Article (Review)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nih, LR; Carmichael, ST; Segura, T

Published Date

  • August 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 /

Start / End Page

  • 155 - 163

PubMed ID

  • 27162093

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27162093

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0429

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0958-1669

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.copbio.2016.04.021


  • eng