In the 1980s, advances in catheter-based technology made it possible to access the labyrinthine vascular system of the brain using tiny microcatheters introduced through a small puncture in an artery in the upper leg. At the Toshiba Stroke Research Center, our mission is to explore and develop new methods of repairing stroke-producing blood vessel abnormalities of the brain and spine using minimally invasive endovascular techniques. An additional priority is to educate other clinicians and scientists on techniques developed in our laboratory.
The researchers at the center focus on three major areas of study:
- developing better imaging of the tiny blood vessels of the brain and spine using X-ray angiography to take high-speed pictures with minimal radiation exposure;
- increasing our knowledge of the principles of hemodynamics (how blood flows within the vessels) to gain an understanding of how modifications in blood flow can correct the abnormalities that cause stroke; and
- developing devices that can be delivered to the area of abnormality in the brain and deposited in a way that beneficially alters the blood flow so as to eliminate the blood vessel abnormalities that cause stroke.
The co-directors of the University at Buffalo's Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center are world renowned experts in these three critical areas.