The Toshiba Stroke Research Center is led by L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, chair of the department of neurosurgery and professor of radiology, who is a pioneer in the field of endovascular neurosurgery. He and colleagues have developed innovative, minimally invasive approaches to treat and reverse blockages and aneurysms in the brain. These advances led to the donation of more than $3.6 million from Toshiba America Medical Systems to establish the Toshiba Stroke Research Center at UB.
The center is a quintessential example of multidisciplinary cooperation and partnership. Within the facility, faculty in the basic sciences and from diverse clinical specialties—including radiation physics, biomedical and aerospace engineering, polymer chemistry, neuroradiology, neurology and neurosurgery—contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of stroke prevention and treatment.
Center research focuses on three major areas of inquiry: image optimization and dose reduction, hemodynamics (to better understand the physiological mechanisms that produce brain aneurysms) and device development.
Neurosurgeons affiliated with the center have embarked on a landmark prospective,
randomized, double-blinded study to test the safety and
efficacy of interventional endovascular therapy—dubbed
“liberation treatment’—on the symptoms and
progression of multiple sclerosis.
In addition to funding from the Toshiba, the center has been
supported by significant grants from the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke; the National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute; the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
Bioengineering, and the National Science Foundation.