Stroke refers to a medical condition that consists of loss of brain functions caused by lack of blood supply in a region of the brain. There are two kinds of strokes. One is called ischemic stroke and is caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. The other is called hemorrhagic stroke and is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. In both cases, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients and begin to die within minutes. Loss of function in the affected area may lead to inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, and/or the inability to speak or see.

Victims of stroke can face difficult challenges with regaining full mobility and strength. In this video, learn about an ingenious method that uses smart robots to rehabilitate these patients quickly and in a fun and effective way.

Feinstein Institute researchers are taking two distinct approaches to study stroke. One focuses on developing potential drug candidates to treat organ injury caused by ischemic stroke and studying the causes of symptoms observed after stroke. The other approach is to develop various physical treatments, like robotics, and trans-cranial direct current stimulation to support patients’ rehabilitation.

Feinstein Institute investigators who study stroke include Bruce Volpe and Ping Wang.