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Stroke

Stroke is third leading cause of death in America. A stoke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted due to a clot blocking an artery. Brain cells often die during a stroke because of the lack of oxygen. The loss of these brain cells often affects an individual’s memory and ability to speak and move.

Using the extensive imaging equipment at Yerkes, our researchers are uniquely positioned to learn more about the effects of stroke and to develop effective treatment through therapy and medication. Proper intervention of stroke is very time sensitive, and the Yerkes Research Center is currently the only facility where acute stroke can be ideally studied in nonhuman primates using multiple imaging technologies.