Open Access Animal Models of Ischemic Stroke: Balancing Experimental Aims and Animal Care

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Animal models of ischemic stroke are examples of an induced model that can present challenges from the perspectives of protocol review and animal management. The review presented here will include a brief summary of the current state of knowledge about clinical stroke; a general synopsis of important unanswered research questions that justify use of animal stroke models; an overview of various animal models of ischemic stroke, including strengths and limitations; and a discussion of animal care issues relative to ischemic stroke models. Good communication and interactive education among primary investigators, laboratory animal veterinarians and caretakers, and institutional animal care and use committee members are critical in achieving a balance between research objectives and animal care issues when using animal stroke models.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon 97239 2: Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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