Crossing the Blood/Brain Barrier

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

This is a topic of towering importance in the field of treating brain disorders.

As we have discussed here previously, the brain is protected from foreign substances in the blood stream by a sophisticated barrier that is difficult to cross. This protective barrier is key to maintaining brain health but poses a challenge for scientists developing treatments that target the brain because, in very many instances, the treatment cannot cross from the blood stream to the brain where it can interact directly with the intended pathological target.

As researchers continue to develop hypotheses and investigate novel approaches for crossing the blood/brain barrier, the general media reports on these efforts with regularity. While there is no definitive breakthrough as yet, I think it is an important topic to follow.

Today I am highlighting a summary of thinking from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I encourage you to click through this link and read the summary.
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