Recommendations and Practices to Optimize Stroke Therapy

STROKEAHA: February 7, 2013

On June 20 and 21, 2012, a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke-sponsored workshop on “Optimizing the Predictive Value of Preclinical Research” was held in Washington, DC.1 The primary objective of the workshop was to review deficiencies in preclinical and translational research and provide recommendations or guidelines to improve the rigor of preclinical research. The following is based on open discussions held at the meeting and panel recommendations for the application of basic principles of experimental design and reporting transparency that are currently standard of practice for stroke clinical trials. This article, which includes author interpretations of discussions, emphasizes the need for good laboratory practices, transparent scientific reporting, and the use of translational research models with clinically relevant end points to develop new strategies to treat stroke. Read more